10.5 speculation runs wild; Photoshopper field day

10.5 speculation runs wild; Photoshopper field day

Summary: Last Thursday a mysterious blogger named Trinity Rubicon posted some terrific screen shots he alleged were from Apple's unreleased Mac OS 10.5 (a.k.a. "Leopard"). The two shots, posted on a blogger account with no other posts, sent the Mac world into a fit of speculation and debate.

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leopard-ss.jpgLast Thursday a mysterious blogger named Trinity Rubicon posted some terrific screen shots he alleged were from Apple's unreleased Mac OS 10.5 (a.k.a. "Leopard"). The two shots, posted on a blogger account with no other posts, sent the Mac world into a fit of speculation and debate.

The shots in question showed all kinds of rumored features possible for the new OS, including:

- Tabbed Finder windows with Favorites (ala Safari)
- New "/" menu
- Boot Camp menu
- Virtual desktops
- Unified UI, no more brushed metal
- iCal and Address Book merged
- CoreWindows: Windows APIs built in
- Windows app (IE7) running natively
- Windows version listed in "About this Mac..."

An interesting debate raged in the 120+ comments under the story and another 300 comments at MacRumors: Are they real or are they Photoshop? The author then admitted on Saturday that the images are "100% fake." As a result of the great ruse (I wanted to believe!) the author has posted a list of features that he wants to see in 10.5.

That hasn't stopped more screen shots from cropping up on the Web though. Another round of 10.5 'shots was posted to Flickr (gee, another Free anonymous site) showing a new version of Safari with page thumbnails, an accelerated bookmark menu and a black address book icon.

Either way, the shots are a testament to the intense amount of interest in Apple's upcoming OS release. I hope that Apple takes a page out of Microsoft's book and makes a beta version of 10.5 available to users early.

Are the latest 10.5 screen shots real? What feature do you most want to see in Leopard?

Topic: Apple

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  • Message has been deleted.

    theheadguy
    • That's a pretty mean shot, friend

      and it would help if you knew what you were talking about. It would be in your better interest to go back and re-read the posts from about December 2005 up to that point to fully understand the nature of that story.
      999ad@...
      • Message has been deleted.

        theheadguy
        • Well, in that case

          you better move on, because these blogs have a tendancy to
          produce, what you call, "clutter". The rest of the sane world calls it
          "opinions" or "observations". If you come here to attack a writer
          with your form of half-knowledge (evident by the lack of
          understanding of the URL you quoted) and don't like being called
          on it, either find the section of the web marked 'academia', or p!ss
          off and find something else other than the web to occupy your
          time.
          999ad@...
          • So now you want to censure free speech?

            You are obviously Jason D. O'Grady using another name to defend
            himself (although trying not to be obvious) or you are a forum nazi
            who thinks he can "police" comments. P!ss off yourself, find
            something better to do than focus on me before this thread with
            the forum nazi gets tiring.
            theheadguy
    • Axe to grind?

      theheadguy -

      i guess you've got a bit of a chip on your shoulder about the plasma story, huh? just for the record: it was not made up and was from two different sources. obviously, they were fake.

      apple has a storied history of releasing mis-information leading up to big events (like macworld expo) so it's not entirely surprising. hey, you can't always be right.

      two other sites that i speak to got word of the plasma story too, but decided not to run it. so, i'm guilty of being the one that did. i wasn't 100% convinced so i couched it as fiction to hedge my bet (do you usually get your Mac rumors from the sandwhich man?).

      your allegations that i made up the plasma story are flat out wrong.

      don't be such a hater.
      - jason
      Jason D. O'Grady
      • No axe to grind, Jason.

        I just see that as a waste of time and space. You should accept
        comments that reflect the value of your work (or fiction). Don't
        get your panties in a twist.

        In the future, check your "sources". For the record, I work for
        this large company we speak of and we do NOT release mis-
        information. The statement of us releasing mis-information is a
        scapegoat for people holding you and others to your word,
        nothing more.

        Have some friends of yours pat you on your back so you feel
        better. Sorry you took it so personally.
        theheadguy
      • Your actions are very sad, Jason.

        Deleting messages is pretty [b]sad[/b], Jason. You appear to have a
        severe lack of self esteem evident from both fictitious stories, and
        when comments are here that do not support them or reveal the
        lack of quality in your work, you delete them.

        Would you have deleted a comment someone left about a previous
        story where they said your work was amazing? I think not.
        theheadguy
  • Message has been deleted.

    theheadguy
    • Um, that wasn't my last story...

      The plasma rumor that you're talking about was from January 2006. _6_ months ago is hardly my "last story."

      I publish stories daily on the PowerPage and here on ZDNet (amongst other places) so for you to go back and to call me out for a story that I wrote 6 months ago is bogus. Don't you have something better to do than to start flame wars over something as old as this?

      - Jason
      Jason D. O'Grady