The rumors, speculation, and lies can now be put to rest. Apple has officially announced that the newest version of its operating system, dubbed OS X Leopard, will be available for public consumption on the 26th of October at 6:00PM. The more astute among us will note that we’re only 10 days away. Good lookin, Apple. iPhones, iPods, and new iMacs are all well and good, but the launch of a new operating system is a pretty big event, and one we’re not inclined to take lightly. The company has promised more than 300 new features and improvements. Sounds good, but from what we’ve seen it looks like Apple will have a bit of a challenge convincing us that this bit of code is worth both the $129 price tag and the inevitable software incompatibilities that go along with a new OS. As always, however, we’ll reserve final judgement until we can get our hands on the little purple box. Who’s gonna be waiting in line after work on the 26th?