While Microsoft may have caught a lot of flak for the
lengthy delay of Windows Vista, Apple will now have a smaller delay of its own when it
comes to OS X 10.5 (Leopard). According to a press
release yesterday from Apple, Leopard will not be launched this June at the
Worldwide Developers Conference, but will instead launch in October.
"We now plan to show our developers a near final
version of Leopard at the conference, give them a beta copy to take home so
they can do their final testing, and ship Leopard in October. We think it will
be well worth the wait. Life often presents tradeoffs, and in this case we're
sure we've made the right ones," said the company in the release.
This release would normally just be seen by consumers as
disappointment since the operating system won't be delivered as expected -- but
there's more to the story.
In late March, DigiTimes
actually reported that Leopard would be delayed until October. Michael
Gartenberg, an analyst for Jupiter Research, decided to contact Apple directly
and get the low-down on the situation. "Just spoke with Apple who
confirmed the reports are wrong and Leopard is still scheduled to ship in this
spring as they previously announced,” said
Gartenberg in his blog on March 23. “The rumor mill is wrong again.”
Likewise, Apple Insider also dug into DigiTimes following Gartenberg's
report. "Carve out another notch in the loss column for Taiwanese-based DigiTimes, which on Friday reported that
Apple's next-generation Leopard operating system would be delayed till
October," wrote Apple Insider.
Apple indicates that the reason for the delay is due to the
resources needed to launch the iPhone in late June. "We can't wait until
customers get their hands (and fingers) on it and experience what a
revolutionary and magical product it is. However, iPhone contains the most
sophisticated software ever shipped on a mobile device, and finishing it on time
has not come without a price," Apple continued. "We
had to borrow some key software engineering and QA resources from our Mac OS X
will be a true 64-bit operating system for Apple and will have 32-bit
backwards compatibility. Apple is also touting a new feature called Time
Machine which is similar to Vista's System Restore along with an integrated
version of Boot
Apple’s iPhone was announced this year at
MacWorld 2007 and ended up being the talk of the town at the Consumer
Electronics Show. The iPhone features a 3.5" 320x480 display, 4GB or 8GB
of memory, GSM, WiFi, 2.0MP digital camera and runs OS X. The iPhone is priced
at $499 for the 4GB model and $599 for the 8GB with a 2-year contract.
It's rumored that the iPhone will be powered by a Marvell PXA320
processor which is currently available in speeds of up to 806MHz (although
samples have been seen running
quote: While Microsoft may have caught a lot of flak for the lengthy delay of Windows Vista, Apple will now have a delay of its own
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