Apple has previewed the next version of its Mac OS X operating system -- version 10.5, codenamed 'Leopard' -- at its Worldwide Developers Conference in California.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs showed ten new features that will appear when the OS is released in spring 2007 -- though these are not all that will be included.

Jobs explained to developers that some top secret features in Leopard won’t be revealed, but Apple wants them to know about them in preparation for a spring 2007 launch. “We don’t want our friends in Redmond to start their photocopiers just yet,” he added. With that, Jobs introduced Scott Forestall, Apple’s vice president of Platform Experience.

Forestall told the crowd that Leopard will have support for 64-bit applications. “We’ve now got 64-bit Unix,” he explained. “In Leopard, take this a giant leap forward with 64-bit Carbon and Cocoa, all the way to your applications. You can have fully native 64-bit UI Carbon or Cocoa applications.”

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