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The Apple Wishlist: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
It might seem early to be talking about new features for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, considering that we just got Tiger, but now's the perfect time to look at ideas Apple could consider in the next major release.
The real stroke of genius in good design is knowing what to leave out. Apple has always been relentless in carving away unnecessary complication to reveal simple, easy to use interfaces. Good ideas add real value without sacrificing simplicity, and compliment Apple's existing products and technologies.

I've assembled a list of ideas that build upon what Apple has delivered in Mac OS X so far; some features are refinements, some make use of outside ideas, and some are more marketing ideas than new technology.

Several are also attached to new hardware products. In many cases, the ideas I'm presenting are not necessarily original, but are simply ideas I think Apple can and should implement at least by the release of Leopard.

Ideas are grouped together by related topic in a series of articles:

Split Pane Finder
Part 1 - Window appearance and behavior (October 5, 2005)

Idea 1 - Split panes everywhere
Idea 2 - Draggable tabs everywhere
Idea 3 - Stacks

Part 2 - Process control and feedback services (October 7, 2005)

Idea 1 - Mac OS X Launch Control
Idea 2 - Expanded feedback services
Idea 3 - Remote notifications services
Idea 4 - Integrated monitoring and performance logging

Part 3 - Remote control and management (October 12, 2005)

Idea 1 - Remote display
Idea 2 - Remote management
Idea 3 - Master remote control

Part 4 - New services for workgroups (January 20, 2006)

Idea 1 - Improve Spotlight's UI
Idea 2 - Personal server file archive
Idea 3 - The SuperFinder
Idea 4 - Personal sync & directory services
Idea 5 - Information ripping server
Idea 6 - Personal WebObjects
Idea 7 - The Xserve mini

Part 5 - Security services and products
Part 6 - Communications services and products
Part 7 - Media services and products

There's more than one way to name a cat.
Did you know puma, panther, leopard, cougar and mountain lion are all names for the same cat? Black jaguars can also be called panthers, and cheetah comes from the Sanskrit word for leopard. Ironically, the Cheetah codename applied to the slowest version of Mac OS X.

The Oxford Dictionary that comes with Tiger defines panther as a "leopard, esp. a black one, a cougar" and says "until the mid 19th cent. many taxonomists regarded the panther and the leopard as separate species." The 'leo' in leopard comes from the Latin word for lion.

Despite all the cat code names, when O'Reilly, known for featuring various animals on the cover of their technical books, began publishing manuals for Mac OS X, they chose to put dogs on the cover. After Apple's cat names went mainstream, O'Reilly changed to cats.


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