Apple touted Leopard's firewall as an improvement over Tiger, but security consultant Rich Mogull found significant problems with how it works and makes some suggestions for better security.
Apple fixes security-related bugs in QuickTime 7.3 and adds support for multi-country iPhone activation in iTunes 7.5.
Apple has quietly updated the MacBook and MacBook Pro with slightly faster processors and a few other minor, though welcome, improvements. Less welcome in the enterprise world is the implied requirement than the new MacBook run only Leopard.
Spotlight on Leopard is so much better than Spotlight on Tiger, it could be a major reason for upgrading. It's full of power user tricks you might not realize are there - until you read this article, that is!
A new piece of malware targeting Mac OS X, if installed, can change your computer's DNS settings so that Web requests are sent to phishing sites or ads for pornography.
Apple has changed the software license agreement for Leopard Server to allow virtualization, something that was previously forbidden. Read on for news from Parallels and VMware about their plans, an explanation from the field of why virtualizing servers is a good thing, and speculation about what this means for the future of the Xserve.
The Leopard installer is even better than the Tiger installer was. That's good news, but some oddities and frustrations remain. Perhaps I can interest you in a little book I wrote on the subject.
Leopard's new backup feature finally brings easy backups to the masses. But is it really all that? And when is that backups book of Joe's going to be updated, anyway?
Now that Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is released, we're starting to see an expected set of updates and incompatibilities. Login and Keychain Update 1.0 corrects issues with accounts created in early versions of Mac OS X; the new Back to My Mac feature could allow someone with access to your .Mac account to take control of your machine; Apple warns Aperture users not to run the software while Time Machine is performing a backup; and a slew of compatibility updates are also available.
Leopard lets you share and share alike, offering your system up for remote viewing and control, as well as letting you take control of others' systems (with their permission). But Tiger can play nice, too, through built-in Mac OS X support and Chicken of the VNC.
Six things about Leopard I just can't stand. I've been dying to talk about these, and now I'm going to.
You'll be reading about Leopard in TidBITS for some time, but for significantly more detail about Apple's new operating system, check out the five ebooks we've just published - over 650 pages all told!
Leopard overhauls file sharing for services like AFP (remembered fondly as AppleShare), Samba, and FTP, while bringing back the long-missed shared folders options. The new approach makes it much easier for any user to share files over a network or the Internet.
What is (or are) Spaces? Will it actually make your life better? Could it be the coolest thing since unsliced bread? Could it be a major reason for upgrading to Leopard? This article introduces the concepts behind Spaces and gets you started using it.
Apple ended the fourth fiscal quarter of 2007 with a profit of $904 million on revenue of $6.22 billion, led by record sales of 2,164,000 Macs, 10.2 million iPods, and 1.1 million iPhones.