Apple to unleash Leopard on Microsoft’s Windows Longhorn; Mac OS X 10.5 due late 2006 – early 2007

Steve Jobs announced Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” during his World Wide Developers Conference keynote presentation yesterday.

Jobs made the announcement early in his presentation, before breaking the news that Apple would switch from IBM and Freescale PowerPC to Intel x86 processors.

According to Jobs, Leopard is due late 2006 / early 2007. This would put Leopard on track to debut right around Microsoft’s currently-stated, oft-slippng, stripped-down Longhorn release date. Yum, steak!

The release of Leopard in late 2006 / early 2007 would come during Apple’s transition to Intel processors in their Mac lines, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2007.

[UPDATE, 11:57am EDT: Clarified Leopard release timeframe.]

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Apple posts QuickTime video of Steve Jobs’ WWDC 2005 Keynote Address online – June 07, 2005
Report: Microsoft’s ‘Longhorn’ release slipping into mid-2007 – June 03, 2005
PC World names Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger ‘Best Operating System’ – June 01, 2005
Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger ‘is the most advanced operating system on the planet’ – May 31, 2005
Wait over a year for Windows Longhorn to buy a new PC or buy a new Mac with Mac OS X Tiger today? – May 27, 2005
TrustedReviews: After using Mac OS X Tiger ‘going back to Windows XP is something of a joke at best’ – May 18, 2005
The Butler Group: ‘Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger the best desktop operating system in the world to date’ – May 13, 2005
BBC News: Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger ‘the most stable and reliable OS, well ahead of Windows XP’ – May 10, 2005
Windows users show strong curiosity about Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger – May 09, 2005
Windows tech writer Thurrott: ‘In many ways, Mac OS X Tiger is simply better than Windows’ – May 07, 2005
EarthWeb: Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger is a ‘serious enterprise operating system, a pivotal release’ – May 06, 2005
BusinessWeek: ‘Tiger bolsters Mac OS X’s edge as the best personal-computer operating system’ – May 06, 2005
The Guardian: Mac OS X Tiger a powerful solution while Microsoft’s Longhorn remains on drawing board – May 06, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times: Mac OS X Tiger shows ‘there’s never been a more compelling time to switch to Mac’ – May 05, 2005
Dan Gillmor: ‘With Mac OS X Tiger, Apple is plainly in the lead today’ – May 05, 2005
Jupiter Research VP: Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger ‘runs rings around Microsoft Windows’ – May 04, 2005
The Independent: Apple’s ‘faster, smarter, simpler’ Mac OS X Tiger ‘a must-have’ – May 04, 2005
Mac OS X Tiger review for a Windows PC audience finds Tiger’s ‘far, far better than Windows XP’ – May 03, 2005
Boston Herald: Mac OS X Tiger should compel Windows PC users to think about switching to Apple Mac – May 02, 2005
Mac OS X Tiger will likely improve performance of your Macintosh – April 30, 2005
PC World review gives Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger 4.5 stars out of 5 – April 30, 2005
Ars Technica: Mac OS X Tiger ‘at least twice as significant as any single past update’ – April 28, 2005
BusinessWeek: ‘Tiger bolsters Mac OS X’s edge as the best personal-computer operating system around’ – April 28, 2005
Associated Press: Mac OS X Tiger ‘provides another excellent incentive to switch from Windows’ – April 28, 2005
Mossberg: Apple’s Tiger ‘the best, most advanced personal computer operating system on the market’ – April 28, 2005
InformationWeek columnist: Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger ‘a compelling upgrade’ – April 28, 2005
NY Times: Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger is the most secure, stable and satisfying OS on earth – April 28, 2005
Wired News: Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger ‘full of welcome surprises’ – April 27, 2005
Thurrott: ‘Longhorn is in complete disarray and in danger of collapsing under its own weight’ – April 27, 2005
Wired News: Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger ‘full of welcome surprises’ – April 27, 2005
Thurrott: Longhorn ‘has the makings of a train wreck’ – April 26, 2005
Thurrott: Longhorn demos ‘unimpressive, fall short of graphical excellence found today in Mac OS X’ – April 26, 2005
Apple posts QuickTime movies of Mac OS X Tiger features in action – April 13, 2005


  1. Is this serious? A new version of the operating system every year?

    This rate of change is too rapid. People will stop purchasing if they think that whatever it is they’re buying is going to be out of date in a short period of time.

  2. I was hoping Steve would give some more details about this release, as is customary at these meccas, but it seems like he got distracted by x86. I was also expecting an announcement for the release of iTunes 4.9 after he went on about podcasting. Oh well, I will have to wait.

  3. I’m not saying this will happen.

    In fact, I really hope it *doesn’t*

    But if – what if – Leopard did run on regular everyday PCs… Releasing it just before Longhorn would be a really bold crazy move that would totally be a punch in the gut to Microsoft.


    Like I said, I doubt it will happen and I think it would be bad for OS X to run on any old PC… but, its an interesting idea lol

  4. Keep in mind you never have to upgrade to the newest version. Apple makes a load of cash off of selling its upgrades, and hope you do, but don’t require it. You can easily skip every second or third update and still run most apps!

  5. Gog – Not strictly every year, every 18 months. Still maybe too short a gap but better than too big of one, plus you don’t have to upgrade. Also they’d really be missing a trick if they didn’t try and steal whatever thunder Microsoft could get with Longhorn.

  6. i wonder if they even have any new features planned yet? or are they saying this just to get the word out early…and i doubt this will be a full-fledged, $129 upgrade. this will probably be a smaller $79 upgrade or something…just SOMEthing so apple won’t look “outdated” with tiger.

    mw “expect”….how fitting

  7. It’s been announced for 2006 -OR- 2007.

    In other words, when it comes out in 2007, it’s not LATE.

    Longhorn IS late–again–if it comes out in 2007.

  8. I know it’s early in the northern hemisphere but yesterday half the posts predicted the end of the world and questioned Job’s sanity. Where are these people now?

    To me Apple’s CEO is making good business decisions. Microsoft’s bleeding and now’s the time to take the battle to Redmond’s ramparts. If Apple can take ten per cent of M’soft’s turf while Longhorn’s release date keeps slipping then you’ll find that word of mouth will cause more support for the Apple OS. And Apple’s shareholders will cry all the way to the bank.

    It’s not the end of the world, it’s just a brave new beginning. Apple users have to be brave as well. There”ll be no room for gutless wonders, it’s all a matter of holding onto your hats and hanging on for the ride.

    As a business teacher I used to use Apple as a case study. In another year or so I’ll be doing it again. Yeehaa, let’s ride that steer.

  9. “This rate of change is too rapid. People will stop purchasing if they think that whatever it is they’re buying is going to be out of date in a short period of time.”

    What rubbish! If each iteration of OSX is better than the last then everyone is happy and will buy. If you were on the first version of OSX you would still be better off than using Windows. There is no requirement to upgrade with every version.

    Ooooh slow down Mr Apple, we can’t keep up. Ehhh?

  10. bikersrule: sadly a lot of those comments yesterday (undoubtedly some of them were trolls..) are now being quoted in the press.

    What a lot of bollocks we are going to read in the next days: “Mac faithful set to abandon ship…” Oh yeah??

  11. Do you think it is just a coincidence that Apple is changing its spots (PowerPC to Intel) and the next version of OS X is called “Leopard”.

    We just heard that OS X “Tiger” was essentially finished. Will “Leopard” be the first “Intel-ready” or dual-processor capable version of OS X?

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