Apple’s secret, which is no secret to Mac users, is that major OS X releases deliver tangible value far in excess of their asking price, which in Leopard’s case is $129. OS X is, first and foremost, a platform for integrated, user-facing applications. And to a far greater extent than previous releases, OS X Leopard itself exploits the facilities that Apple’s developers have used to create the vendor’s commercial software. Apple hasn’t reserved any of the Mac platform’s goodies for itself,…

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