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Apple Demos Leopard Before iPhone Debut

Steve Jobs on Monday pulled the curtain further up on Apple's plans for its upcoming Macintosh operating system, known as Leopard, as well as its hotly anticipated iPhone.

In true form, the Apple CEO reviewed both past performances of the company's existing products, as well as hinted at future features during his keynote address at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. More than 5,000 attendees are expected to spend the week pouring over 159 sessions and 94 hands-on labs. Jobs spent the majority of the presentation reviewing the sixth major release of its Mac OS X platform. Also known as Leopard, the $129 upgrade is expected to be available in October. Jobs also reminded the crowd that Apple's iPhone will go on sale on June 29.

Many of the features in Leopard and the iPhone have been demonstrated, both by Jobs since first hint of their existence, and also by Apple, which has been touring key U.S. cities in the past 6 months touting the features and opportunities for software developers.

Of major note:

Developers hoping to score a free iPhone at the show were disappointed to learn that Apple's strategy for third-party software on the smartphone will be based mainly on Apple's Safari Web Browser and not so much on its native operating system, which Apple still says is a full-running version of Mac OS X, minus some of the larger applications.

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