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Tuesday, April 18, 2006, 08:00 am PT (11:00 am ET)

Apple offers developers Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard teaser

Apple Computer this week emailed to its Mac OS X developers and posted to its Web site details of the upcoming Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), which the company says will offer developers the first glimpse of its next generation operating system, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

Although Apple chief executive Steve Jobs had previously indicated that WWDC 2006 would revolve around the major OS upgrade, the company failed to mention Leopard in its WWDC materials until earlier in the week.

An e-mail sent to Mac OS X developers on Monday evening teased, "See Leopard before it leaps into action. Preview Mac OS X Leopard at WWDC."

"At WWDC, you'll get a special sneak preview of Leopard, Apple's next major release of Mac OS X," the email continued. "You'll also find five session tracks full of hands-on labs and in-depth technical presentations—along with unprecedented access to Apple engineers. Reserve your spot today."

Unlike previous years, where Apple listed detailed information for each WWDC conference session on its developer site, this year's online WWDC preview is so far less specific.

Instead of breaking down the more than 120 planned session with individual descriptions, Apple instead lists brief overviews of five core session categories, which include: Application Technologies, Development Tools, Graphics and Media, Information Technologies, and OS Foundations.

As in previous years, Mac OS X Developers who attend the conference are expected to receive a pre-release copy of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard on DVD, along with a new version of Apple's Xcode developer tools.

Early registration for the show runs through June 23 and offers developers a $300 discount on all packages.

Apple is also offering two additional promotions: a WWDC 2006 E-ticket and ADC Select Membership for $2000 ($100 discount) and WWDC 2006 E-ticket 5-pack for $6,380 ("buy four, get a fifth free"). During early registration, these packages are discounted by $300 and $1,200, respectively.