Leopard is going to be here on Oct. 26th, and I can’t wait. Chances are, if you’re reading this Apple blog, that you’re probably pretty pumped as well. As I was going over the “300” new features (some of which, REALLY shouldn’t be touted as “innovations”), I noticed something that I found a bit alarming…the additional cost of things you’ll have to buy to get everything out of Leopard.
Now, I understand this list is going to get some people riled up, and that some of you will argue that “everyone already has that stuff” – but you’re wrong. Not everyone has all of these things. It is entirely possible that some users have NONE of these things. I only have 2 of them. If I want to really use everything Leopard has to offer, I’m going to have to spend a heck of a lot more than $129.
1. An External Hard Drive – if you don’t already have an external hard drive that you’re using exclusively for back-up, and that is of greater size than the hard drive on your Mac, you’re going to need to buy one to use Leopard’s highly promoted Time Machine application. I currently have a 350 gb external drive – but its filled with videos, music, games, and artwork files. I can’t use it for Time Machine.
2. .Mac – Several of the features listed on the “300” page refer to .Mac syncing. Syncing of Dashboard, Dock, System Preferences and more. If you want to use these features, .Mac is a necessary purchase – otherwise, they won’t work.
3. A Webcam - I know, I know – iMacs, and Mac notebooks comes with iSight cameras built right in. As a result – the 3rd party Mac webcam business is in the tank, and older Mac owners and Mac Mini owners are going to have a hard time even finding a webcam…but if you don’t have one, or have one built in – at least half a dozen of these 300 new features won’t work.
4. A Printer - 8 of the 300 new features are specifically for printers, and if you don’t have one – you can kiss those amazing innovations goodbye. Who doesn’t have a printer, you ask? Well – I don’t. I haven’t needed one for years. I assume most people do, but there are plenty of us that are paper free in this digital world.
5. Windows - Ah, Bootcamp. It’s a big one – it’s one of the features that Apple has listed towards the top…but it’s useless without a copy of Windows. So, you’ll be needing to make that purchase of one of Vista’s many choices, or find an old copy of XP on a shelf somewhere, if you want to take advantage of the Bootcamp features at all.
If you add up a $250 external hard drive, $179 .Mac family subscription, a $99 webcam (and I can’t find one for Mac any cheaper), a $150 printer, a copy of Windows Vista Ultimate at $399 , and a Leopard family pack at $199- I’m looking at a possible $1,275 dollars to use all those amazing new features. That’s seriously what it would cost to get both my Macs in my house up and running on Leopard will all features flying.
That adds up quick.
Now, put your pitchforks down fellow member’s of the Cult of Mac, I’m not saying Leopard is a rip-off, or a bad deal – in fact, I think more than anything, I’m kind of making fun of that ridiculous page of 300 features. I mean, seriously, iChat “invisibility” is not a feature I’d be bragging about – every other chat client in the world has had that for YEARS.
There is some great stuff in Leopard, and I can’t wait to start using some of it. The Finder, Quick Look, the new Preview, Spaces, and Stacks are all great features that are more than worth the price of admission for me – but I think it should be clear that to use EVERYTHING Leopard has to offer, you’re going to make some additional purchases.