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Get Ready For Mac OS X 10.5.5 "Leopard" Update

Apple has been sending developers "seeds," or test versions, of the next iteration of Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard" for a while now. The seeds are coming faster and faster, which is usually a sign that Apple's nearly ready for public release.

Apple has been sending developers "seeds," or test versions, of the next iteration of Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard" for a while now. The seeds are coming faster and faster, which is usually a sign that Apple's nearly ready for public release.Some sources say that we'll see 10.5.5 released in September, but others say it'll be October.

The fourth seed of the 10.5.5 update brings the total number of 10.5.4 bugs addressed to move than 100, covering such diverse areas as printing from the Address Book, replying to messages in Mail, and sync issues with mobile devices.

There are also changes to the internals of the operating system, focusing on stability and reliability. For example, there are improvements in the power management settings for notebooks, networking and the display of PDF documents.

There may  repeat, may  be new bits in 10.5.5 to support new hardware. There's been buzz about a major overhaul of Apple's MacBook notebook line. The rumor is that the next MacBooks will be aluminum, looking somewhat like the MacBook Air and current iMacs, instead of in the plastic enclosures that debuted with the iBook G3 in 2001.

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