Apple Store“Apple is expected to launch its next generation Leopard operating system (OS) in April, but according to industry sources, the release of the new OS will be postponed to October to allow Apple to make Leopard support Windows Vista through an integrated version of its Boot Camp software,” Ruby Huang and Joseph Tsai report for DigiTimes.

“The sources pointed out that the launch delay is not due to software design problems with Leopard but instead is attributed to Apple’s plan to have its new OS support Windows Vista through an integrated version of Boot Camp. Boot Camp is an Apple software application that currently assists in the installation of Windows XP on computers using Apple’s latest OS. The company hopes with support for Vista, Mac computers using the new OS can grab more market share, according to the sources,” Huang and Tsai report.

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Now, on a slightly different tack, Jacqui Cheng reports for Ars Technica, “Our sources have told Ars that there is very little chance (“and that would be pushing it”) for Leopard to ship in late April—that is, if Apple wants to ship with a halfway stable operating system.”

Cheng reports, “‘We still have the same seed we got 2 weeks ago,’ we are told. ‘I’d say it’s barely beta, not Final or Gold Master.’ Is it possible that Apple is keeping some of its key developers in the dark by holding back a surprise, nearly-perfect build? Sure. Anything is possible. But seems like just about the worst idea ever if the company wants anyone’s software to work when Leopard comes out. This is not super-insider information either, say our sources. ‘Anybody who has really worked with a Tiger or Panther seed will know the same stuff.'”

“So can we expect a Leopard release in late April, for rizzle? I’m certainly not, and according to our sources, you shouldn’t either… When do they personally theorize Leopard will actually be ready to ship? ‘June.'”

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MacDailyNews Note: Apple states on their website, “Leopard. Coming spring 2007.” The last day of spring 2007 is June 20th.