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Briefly: Leopard shots, iPhone rumor, 10.4.9, Euro iTunes videos

More screenshots of Apple's Leopard operating system are making the rounds. Meanwhile, this week's popular iPhone rumor may have been too good to be true. And both Mac OS X 10.4.9 and iTunes Euro video content are reportedly so close you can smell 'em.

Latest Leopard Luxuries

A second round of screenshots from the most recent distribution of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard are circling the web this week. Although the source website is bobbing on- and off-line due to traffic issues, Gizmodo is also mirroring a subset of the images.

Shown in the screenshots are Leopard's Finder-based QuickLook image viewer and the ongoing refinement of Spotlight search. The former, as previously reported by AppleInsider, will allow users to view large-scale versions of image files in the finder without launching an image viewing application. Meanwhile, ongoing enhancements to Spotlight include a "search by attribute" dialog and options to restrict searches by filetypes (images, quicktime, "People," etc.).

18 months free service rumor no more?

In a separate report, Gizmodo is also claiming to have smashed Thursday's omnipresent "18 month's of free Cingular service" iPhone rumor dished out by CNBC analyst Jim Cramer.

"The report is nonsense," a Cingular report told the gadget pub. "We've always said the only way you can get the iPhone is with a Cingular rate plan."

Another Mac OS X 10.4.9

Another week, another build. And this time it's becoming transparently clear —Mac OS X 10.4.9 Update is rounding the home stretch.

Apple continued planting seeds of the Tiger update at a rapid pace this week, releasing to developers build 8P2122 for Intel-based Macs and build 8P122 for PowerPC systems. They arrive on the heels of builds 8P2120 (and 8P120) and 8P2117 (and 8P117), each of which were unleashed last week.

In a set of notes accompanying the latest build, Apple reportedly told testers to be aware of just three remaining glitches pertaining to iMovie, Wacom drives and Microsoft Entourage.

iTunes video content in Europe this Spring?

According to French paper Le Figaro, Apple's European iTunes Store may begin serving up television programing as early as March or April.