has already weighed in with "developer feedback". [Insert MOSR joke here.]
Tuesday, August 5 10:04 PM
New update due tomorrow; get your e-mails in now!
To whet your appetites.... Apple has seeded build 7B28 of Panther, and already the grapevine has much to say. "Noticeably faster than 7B21, which was itself already much faster than Jaguar," gushed one source. Another said, "Applications launch faster, network file copies are MUCH faster especially on Gigabit Ethernet, and Quake 3 is getting 5-10 frames per second more than 7B21 which was 5-10 frames per second faster than Jaguar depending on the hardware...."
Reports have so far been almost uniformly positive. In fact, more than one source has gone so far as to say that they prefer Panther to Jaguar, not just for features and performance improvements, but that it appears to be more stable under conditions that cause problems in Jaguar! Updated components include:
*Graphics Card Drivers
....among numerous others. One developer source reported that Quartz Extreme, which previously has shown roughly flat performance with any supported graphics accelerator, now appears to take greater advantage of more recent, high-powered 3D cards such as the GeForce 4/FX and Radeon 8500/9XXX series. With such cards, there is a noticeable performance improvement over 7B21 and previous versions of Mac OS X when using resource-intensive effects like the "Genie" window minimizing effect and the Faster User Switching "rotating cube" effect.