Mac users will be able to get their hands on a copy of Mac OS X 10.5 'Leopard' at MacLiveExpo 2007 on Friday next week.

MacLive show organisers have confirmed plans to extend opening hours at the show on the Friday, following Apple's news that it will make its new operating system available from 6pm on Friday 26 October.

Apple resellers, Rapid and Computer Warehouse are both exhibiting at the show and will be holding stock of the OS - stock which will be made available for purchase by show attendees at 6pm on the dot.

A MacLive spokesman said: "We're thrilled to be able to help show attendees get their hand on Apple's amazing new operating system at the moment it launches. When we heard Apple's new OS would go on sale at 6pm we immediately began speaking with Olympia management to negotiate extended opening - it's the most important Mac event of the season."

He added: "As well as buying the new OS, attendees will be able to enjoy a huge range of Leopard-focused talks and seminars from leading Mac industry figures to help them understand the new system."

MacLiveExpo takes place at National Hall, Olympia between 25-27 October.