Leopard is installing and it is taking it's time. The projected install footprint is 11.4 GB. Wow! I remember when Windows 2000 Professional took 650MB for the basic install.
iPhone issues... Argh !!!
I have had my iPhone for just under three months now. I DID NOT wait inline like a fanboy, but purchased a 4GB model a week later. A month later, when AppleCare was released for the iPhone, I bought that too. Two weeks ago, the battery on the device started showing extensive battery use. I would normally charge the phone every other day or when necessary. However, the iPhone was going through a fully charged battery within the span of twelve hours. At six AM the battery was indicating 100%, and around five PM it would just die. Lithium-Ion batteries should never be drained to 0%, and I would never all that to happen. I do not as of yet have a car-charger for the iPhone, but I do have an iPod car-charger. Hmm, it would be really cool if both devices could use the same charger.
Twice I needed to make a call with the phone and it was dead. I do not use the phone that much during the day. I do not use the iPod features too often, nor the Internet. All of the wi-fi around is locked and EDGE is, well, useless. The wi-fi at work is secured with 802.1X, which is uncompatible with the iPhone. I do not use a bluetooth headset, so I disable the bluetooth functionality and wi-fi all together. Like the web-site suggests, I sleep the phone whenever not in use. I am also not one of those folks whom spends all day on the phone. Typically, I make three to four calls A-DAY, that's it... I thought, initially, that the iPhone had an endurance close to the iPod Nano, but there are more technical variables involved with the iPhone.
I called up Apple and explained the situation to the service rep. Without a single question, the rep offered to send me a loaner phone and have my original shipped back. There was an issue of a $29.95 service charge for the loaner. The rep was kind enough to waive that given the situation. I had explained to her that I did not really do anything outside of the normal operating parameters, and I bought AppleCare. Isn't that what AppleCare is supposed to provide? Two days later a FedEx box landed on my door with the loaner iPhone and a return label. Apple gave this nice printed pamphlet instructing how to remove the SIM card and pack-up the original iPhone. They even gave me a paper-clip and tape. Not that I am not capable of looking up the number for FedEx, they made it so I do not have to. Last apge in the pamphlet is FedEx's number along with a return airway bill on the box. I cannot say Dell offered that level of support on any scale.
OS X 10.5 'Leopard'
I was able to install Leopard in under four hours. My guinea pig Mac is an iBook G4 1.33GHz with 512MB of RAM. I am not touching the MacBook Pro with Leopard just yet... The iBook is within Apple's described hardware requirements, just within. Installing is straight-forward, boot to the DVD, and run the setup program. I chose to erase the HDD and perform a clean install. This option is not that readily apparent, and must be chosen from the 'options' button near the bottom of the window. I am quite sure the install would have been faster if performed on my MacBook Pro or newer Mac.
The welcome screen features some different music and a starry background instead of the 'blue curve' background. It makes me think 'Close Encounters III'. The O.S. was a bit slow after the initial reboot. Activity monitor was showing between 85%-100% utilization from 'Spotlight' performing the initial index of the HDD. I turn off spotlight to save CPU-cycles and because I do not use it. I tend to keep track of where I put things on the HDD and do not need a background app to keep track of them for me. This action really gave the poor iBook a break, but the RAM was still under siege. The menu bar at the top of the screen is now translucent instead of gray. The dock is 3D rendered, but still functions the same way as it did in Tiger. I turn off the animation and visualization on the dock. Bouncing icons do not do much for me any way. Icons in Leopard are identical to those on the iPhone, a la System Preferences and Safari. Of my 512MB, there are 20-50MB available at any given time. Clearly, I need more RAM, but Leopard is cutting it thus far.