Apple may have inadvertently revealed plans to give developers attending its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) next week a preview copy of its forthcoming Mac OS X 10.5 system to take home with them.

The company has already confirmed it will offer its developers an in-depth preview of the operating system during next week's conference, but hasn't made any promises to offer a version of the software to take home.

The speculation has been generated by the appearance and subsequent removal of a page from its Developer Connection website.

This page, which has now been mirrored, described a piece of software called QTNoStepsDemo 1.0, which requires a copy of the Leopard preview to run.

Evidently there's huge speculation inherent in this reading of these events, meaning the assumption that Apple will offer copies of the OS to developers attending next weeks show could be completely flawed.