A screen grab from Apple's Web site.
updated 10/16/2007 9:16:07 AM ET 2007-10-16T13:16:07

Apple Inc. said Tuesday its next-generation operating system, Mac OS X “Leopard,” will go on sale Oct. 26 for $129.

Apple’s online store is taking pre-orders.

Apple had planned to ship Leopard in June, but said in April it needed to divert resources so it could launch the much-anticipated iPhone on time.

Leopard is Apple’s sixth major upgrade to Mac OS X since the desktop operating system debuted in 2001.

Its “Boot Camp” feature lets users install a copy of Windows on Intel-based Macs, though the two operating systems can’t run at the same time.

Microsoft Corp. launched Vista, its first major overhaul to the Windows operating system in five years, in February.

A version of Leopard for servers will launch at the same time as the consumer version, Apple said.

Apple shares fell $2.06 to $164.92 in premarket electronic trading.

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