“As Apple announces a spring release for its latest Mac OS, many analysts suspect Vista’s January update may be delayed until later in the year,” Ina Fried reports for CNET News.
“Apple chief executive Steve Jobs first talked about Leopard at last year’s developer conference, saying it would arrive in late 2006 or early 2007. Vista, meanwhile, has suffered through many delays, most recently missing its target of being ready for PCs on sale in this year’s holiday shopping season,” Fried reports.
Fried reports, “Apple has been making hay about Vista and its many delays since the Windows update was still known by the code-name Longhorn. At the 2004 developer conference, the company welcomed attendees with signs saying ‘Redmond, we have a problem’ and ‘Redmond, start your photocopiers.’ The jabs continued on Monday, with Apple displaying posters such as ‘Mac OS X Leopard: Introducing Vista 2.0’ and “‘Hasta la vista, Vista.’
Fried reports, “Jobs also said the Mac maker was holding back on some of Leopard’s features. He outlined 10 new things in the operating system, but said that there were more that the company was not talking about. ‘We don’t want our friends to start their photocopiers any sooner than they have to,’ he said. In particular, Gartenberg noted that Jobs pointed to a new version of the Front Row media software, but did not offer any details. The current version allows remote-control access to pictures, music and videos, but stops short of the TV-recording features offered by Windows XP Media Center Edition. ‘I suspect there is a lot more to Leopard that Apple is holding back,’ Gartenberg said.”
Fried reports, “Even though Apple is largely on track with Leopard’s timing, some analysts noted that the company could have scored an even bigger coup had it had the revamp ready in time to include on Macs for this year’s holiday shopping season. ‘They had a huge, gaping window of opportunity if they could ship this fall,’ said IDC analyst Bob O’Donnell. But now there’s ‘a good chance’ that Leopard won’t ship until after Vista, he said.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Some people are delusional. Apple already has a massive lead as this Christmas it’s Mac OS X Tiger vs. Windows XP. No contest, as usual. Let’s get real here: Mac OS X Tiger vs. Windows Vista is no contest, either. Leopard vs. Windows Vista will be like a thermonuclear bomb vs. a past-dated bag of Pop Rocks.
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