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News from Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference

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You don’t need us to tell you Apple is hot right now. At the company’s World Wide Developers Conference, their newest operating system, dubbed Mac OS X Leopard was unveiled. This latest in Apple’s “big cat” line of operating systems has over 300 new features, which includes a new Desktop and Dock with Stacks, an updated Finder and Quick Look, a brand new way of previewing most files without having to open an application. Time Machine can automatically back up and restore lost files (or even a complete Mac) while Spaces is a new way to create groups of applications with instant switching between them. The bad news? Leopard won’t actually be shipping until October.

For PC owners that want all the cool features of Apple’s web browser, Safari, there’s a new version available for Windows users that – according to standard iBench tests – is the fastest browser available. The public beta version of Safari 3 is available right now as a free download at www.apple.com/safari.

Apple’s revolutionary iPhone will begin shipping on June 29th and will run applications created with Web 2.0 Internet standards that look and behave like the applications built into the iPhone. This includes making a phone call, sending an e-mail, and displaying locations using Google Maps. The thinking is that third-party developers will greatly extend iPhone’s capabilities without compromising reliability or security.

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