Apple’s secrets: MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X Leopard release dates

“Reader Luzia Choupina Borges asks a question on a lot of Mac lovers’ minds,” Stephen H. Wildstrom reports for BusinessWeek.

Do you know when new Apple computers like the MacBook Pro (not desktops) will come to the market with the new Intel Core 2 Duo and new software?

Wildstrom reports, “Unlike every other computer maker, Apple refuses to discuss plans for incorporating new processors as they become available. Now that Macs include Intel chips, Apple finds itself on the same Intel road map as other computer makers. I hope that means Apple will be more forthcoming. But I’m not going to bet on it.”

“As for software, Apple announced last January that a new version of OS X, called Leopard, is in the works. As usual, the company has remained mum on a release date, but my guess is that it will come no later than Mac World [sic] Expo, the second week of January. I think Apple would dearly love to steal Microsoft’s thunder by making Leopard available before Microsoft ships Vista, the next version of Windows,” Wildstrom reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo rumblings are getting louder with each passing day. As for Leopard, which Apple has clearly stated “spring 2007” for release, do you think it would be better for Apple to release it just before or just after Windows Vista finally rears its ugly head?

Related articles:
Report: Foxconn secures orders for ‘new MacBook model’ from Apple – October 10, 2006
RUMOR: Apple ramps production of MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo units for holiday season – October 07, 2006
RUMOR: Apple to update MacBook, MacBook Pro to Core 2 Duo in time for holidays – September 19, 2006
Apple faces MacBook supply issues due to overwhelming demand – August 23, 2006
Apple seeks third MacBook manufacturer – August 17, 2006

Steve Jobs to deliver keynote address at Macworld Expo San Francisco 2007 on January 9th – October 03, 2006

InfoWorld’s Yager: Apple will take computing to the next level with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard – September 06, 2006
Development approaches of Mac OS X Leopard vs. Windows Vista yield very different results – August 15, 2006
Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard is 64-bit done right, unlike Microsoft’s Windows Vista kludge – August 14, 2006
InfoWorld: With Mac OS X Leopard, Apple aims to ruin Vista’s chance of gaining early traction – August 09, 2006
Big race? Which will ship first, Microsoft’s Windows Vista or Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard? – August 09, 2006
Analyst: Apple’s new Mac OS X Leopard sets new bar, leaves Microsoft’s Vista in the dust – August 08, 2006
Gartner analyst: It’s a ‘distinct possibility’ that Mac OS X Leopard will ship before Windows Vista – August 07, 2006


  1. I like your thinking Mike. Slap M$ in the face and crush their nose with every move they make. That’s what those bastards get for getting into the OS business instead of simply making apps like they should have since the inception of the Mac.

  2. I think they should release Leopard when it’s actually ready, and not rush to market like they obviously did with iTunes 7. The distinction between Leopard and Vista will not be so apparent to the average consumer if they’re both bloated, buggy messes.

  3. October 10, 2006 (Computerworld) — In one of its biggest releases in recent months, Microsoft Corp. today issued 10 security bulletins detailing fixes for more than two dozen separate vulnerabilities — several of which are already being actively exploited in the wild.

    But the updates were not immediately available via Microsoft Update, Automatic Update or Windows Update Services because of what the company described as “technical difficulties.”

    “Technical teams are engaged and have been working around the clock” to make the updates available by the end of day today, the company said in a statement.

    Pity the unwashed masses.

  4. Always better to release AFTER. Otherwise, Vista’s relase – however pitiful that will be – will tend to overshadow Leopard.

    I’d do fuller preview in Jan, and release in Spring after Vista (assuming Vista ever gets released ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  5. @just some guy

    I agree completely. Releasing a new iPod on the same day as Zune would be a great strategy since Apple is already dominant in that market, but releasing a new version of OS X which already has a far inferior market share won’t have nearly the same impact.

  6. Leopard will ship sometime between March 20 and June 21, 2007. Steve said so, so it must be true. When Tiger was announced, it was given the same time period (“Spring 2005”), and it shipped the last week in April.

    While past performance is not indicative of future results, it wouldn’t surprise me if Leopard came out around the same time as Tiger did two years previous.

    The real question is, which will ship first: Windows Vista or Duke Nuke’em Forever??

  7. Beyond the confines of forums like this one – dominated by irrational Mac fanatics (at the expense of saner, long time faithful Mac customers like me) Vista will be heralded across the world as the ‘newest’, ‘fastest’, ‘best’, most technically proficient and advanced operating system of all time.

    It will absoloutely kill any hope of Apple gaining anything more than less than a percentage point through switching. It’s a travesty, for sure since Vista and Windows is so bad and Macintosh is so good. But, perception is not only the greatest part of reality, it is reality itself.

    There’s nothing Apple or its minions making up its tiny market share can do about it.

    Apple waited way too long to compete and now we are stuck where we are. I just hope we will be rewarded with hardware and software from Apple worthy of our devotion.

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