I had never queued up for a technology product launch before, but with the prospect of a free t-shirt I went down to my local Apple Store in Manchester’s Arndale shopping centre just after 5pm. For readers who don’t know, “Leopard” or Mac OS X 10.5 is Apple’s new operating system designed for the Macintosh platform. I was about 30th in the queue of 300-400 people. When the clock hit 6pm we were in quickly and all given free t-shirts and shown into the store in manageable group sizes. Above is a photograph of the Apple Store about 10 minutes before it opened to the public. Initially I wasn’t too excited by the prospect of this new piece of software. It had features that I thought might be useful and I knew I would be buying it, I just wasn’t certain how long I would wait to install it (bug fixes etc.). However, when I got back to my flat I couldn’t help but install it, it was so simple, quick and painless. I have now being playing around with it for a couple of hours and have already found some great features that will improve my productivity and save me time. If you have no idea what Apple or Leopard is and don’t care, thats fine, normal service will resume shortly! If you were at this event or a similar event at another Apple store, please don’t be a stranger, feel free to comment below.