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Apple (AAPL) will release its new operating system upgrade, code named Leopard on October 26. The $129 upgrade is packed with 300 features, including some new ones. My personal favorite, and the only real reason to upgrade is the new Apple Mail client. What is that […]

Apple (AAPL) will release its new operating system upgrade, code named Leopard on October 26. The $129 upgrade is packed with 300 features, including some new ones. My personal favorite, and the only real reason to upgrade is the new Apple Mail client. What is that one good reason to upgrade (if you upgrade) to Leopard? Take our poll below the fold.

By Om Malik

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  1. You left one of most important features out: screen sharing via iChat. This will be the new killer feature for providing remote technical support for users on the road, family and friends.

    iChat will be a killer app in Leopard.

  2. Yes you are right about that scott. since i have not seen it, i decided to leave it out for now. sorry about that.

  3. I can’t wait for Leopard! I also can’t wait for Apple to open the iPhone & iPod Touch to 3rd party developers. That way I don’t have to switch to AT&T. I can have all the benefits of an iPhone on an iPod Touch (including Notes and Mail). Best of both worlds!

  4. I think the “Back to my Mac” should be on that list too. The ability to access work computers from home and vice versa is fantastic.

    I was very skeptical about Leopard. Maybe there was too much hype around the secret features. Maybe it’s the glossy dock and menu bar which made me think “Vista.”

    But the more I learn about Leopard, the more I see that this is going to be a serious upgrade. Sure, not “300 innovations” but there are enough improvements to make this the best OS X yet.

    I was unimpressed by 10.4, and even now I still think it was the buggiest release since 10.0.0. But if I look at 10.3, it seems like it is from the dark agaes.

    So, I am surprised to say I am excited for Leopard. I just hope and pray Leopard doesn’t come with the terrible quality problems Apple has been having of late (Every bloody product has had problems of late…sigh..)

  5. Geoffrey McCaleb Wednesday, October 17, 2007

    The poll seems to be throwing an error….

  6. iChat Virtual Client is killer.

    But when will we have the capability to access XP from Mac from iChat?

  7. Joshua Martens, I agree with you! The one reason I was so excited about the iPod Touch was because I could get the “iPhone without the phone.” I was disappointed to find that the Ipod Touch lacks Mail as well as some other important apps, but now with the announcement of the SDK, maybe we’ll get a Mail like app!

  8. I’m in the “iChat screen sharing” camp. It will be nice to no longer need to wrestle with VNC clients and servers to help my mom with her Mac on the other side of the country.

  9. “It seems that the cat has been caught by the very person who was trying to catch him” | James Galvin Thursday, October 18, 2007

    [...] be available in 8 days, 4 hours, 55 minutes from the time of writing this. Tom Raftery points to this poll on GigaOM trying to pinpoint a reason to [...]

  10. I’m digging spaces and stacks. I’ve launched a site called Mac OS X Leopard Voting Center so everyone can vote for the favorite features and comment on what they love about Leopard. The entire list of 300+ features have been categorized on the site and it’s easy to vote. I’ve already marked my favorites.

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