Apple to slow pace of new Mac OS X versions ‘a little bit’

“Apple Computer plans to continue rapidly bringing out new versions of Mac OS X, but it won’t continue at quite the pace it’s maintained in recent years. Since rolling out the first version Mac OS X in 2001, Apple has released three updates, and it plans to show off a new version of the operating system, code-named Tiger, at its worldwide developer conference next month,” Ina Fried reports for CNET News.

“However, during a talk at the SIIA Enterprise Software Summit 2004 here, Apple Chief Software Technology Officer Avie Tevanian said, ‘We’re slowing that (pace) down a little bit…because that’s not a sustainable rate. But you’ll still see us go really fast.’ Tevanian had previously headed OS X development but was promoted last year to oversee the company’s broader software development efforts,” Fried reports. “Apple has not said when Tiger will ship.”

“By contrast, Microsoft has released just one major desktop version of Windows–Windows XP, which debuted in 2001,” Fried reports.

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35 Comments

  1. This is a good thing. Now they can spend a little more time on Q&A before each release and probably roll out fixes for bugs in their current versions.

  2. Predictable since we’ve run out of powerful cats; Ocelot and Lynx just don’t cut it. !0.5+ will probably see the begining various breeds of strong/reliable horses! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  3. I think the main problem with QA is with widespread testing. Apple can’t afford to do such testing due to the need to be secretive (or else you know who will copy their technologies). Time may help getting things right, but it won’t be as helpful as getting more beta testers. Apple really does need to work on QA, though, since they have problems everytime they release something new now. I remember the time when Apple products were very solid.

  4. Q&A might be better, but until you actually get something in the field, it is not humanly possible to anticipate every possible combination that exists in the real world. Apple does it better than Microsoft because they don’t have to deal with as many bizarro combinations of off the shelf hardware and software, which is to Apples’s credit.

    That is just a fact of life. Of course, you can always apply 20/20 hindsight like they do in the political world and say: YOU SHOULD HAVE ANTICIPATED THAT! I WOULD HAVE HAD I BEEN IN YOUR POSITION!

    yeah right…..

  5. Frank,

    How about Cheetah? I’m surprised they haven’t touched that one yet. Each upgrade to OS X felt faster and faster on my older hardware. It would sound good for an OS that had been streamlined.

  6. Rogozhin,

    Lions aren’t really king of the jungle. If that title belongs to any animal, it would be the elephant — walking bulldozers. They knock over trees when they have to scratch an itch. No natural enemies.

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