Another Apple conference, another Steve Jobs keynote, but any hopes of a new product being launched were soon dashed when it became clear that the US online Apple Store had been taken down for a refurb rather than for any new goodies.Instead Bill Gates’ nemesis treated us to another look at OS X Leopard, showing off how iTunes CoverFlow feature is now integrated into Finder for browsing through documents – very slick – and how QuickView can give full page previews of files without having to open them.The new desktop was also given a twirl. It finally loses its blue background and gets easy photo customisation and ‘stacks’ on the menu bar, which quickly expand to show all the documents open in an particular app (à la the tabs on the Windows Taskbar). We were also treated to a first look at some of the core animation that’ll making the whole OS look that bit sweeter and shown how iChat can stream full-screen video to other chatters. All very, very nice.Developers are getting their copies now, the rest of us will have to wait ’til October. Come on already!Click through for more Mac goodies unleashed or discuss the new Apple products in our forums.
Leopard back in its cage, there were two other announcements to make. And no, your eyes do not deceive you, that is Apple’s Safari web browser running on Windows (pictured). It’s available right now in beta form for XP and Vista.Last, but by no means least, there was time to ogle once more at the iPhone, now less than three short weeks away from its US launch. Sad to say there was no unveiling of a mysterious twelfth app, but there was some news on the 3rd party applications front.Apple’s still going to be keeping the reigns tighter than a duck’s bottom, but it will let people write web applications to run in the iPhone’s Safari Browser that can access the contacts, calendar, etc. It’s a bit of a fudge, but does open the door a crack to getting more 3rd party apps on there.Now, shoo, back in your box ’til next month’s E3 when iPhone will be out in the wild and Apple will hopefully be announcing some new Macs – ya hear us, Apple?Essentials Apple OS X LeopardPrice: £TBA ($129 in US) On sale: October Contact: Apple Related linkss: OS X Leopard microsite Safari 3.0 public betaRelated stories: iPhone’s mystery twelfth app iPhone countdown begins Apple’s Leopard gets back in its cage