“There’s buzz in the Macintosh community that Apple may release the next version of its Mac OS X operating system, code-named Leopard, as early as next month, which solution providers say could put Apple in a position to take advantage of dissatisfaction with Microsoft’s Windows Vista,” Edward F. Moltzen reports for CRN.
Moltzen reports, “An Apple spokeswoman declined to address speculation on some Web sites and in some Web forums that the Cupertino, Calif., company may start shipping Leopard as early as March. Apple has spent more than a month providing extensive, secret briefings on Leopard to developers and solution providers, but the company is sticking to its line that Leopard would ship sometime in the spring. Leopard will mark Apple’s first new OS release since the company switched to the Intel platform from PowerPC chips.”
“Apple is coming off a strong year. In 2006, the company it grew its U.S. computer shipments by more than 30 percent and its U.S. market share from 3.7 percent to 5.1 percent, according to research firm Gartner. That growth occurred during Apple’s transition to Intel processors, even though significant Mac applications — such as Adobe’s Creative Suite — weren’t yet optimized for the Mac-Intel platform. So whether Leopard ships in March or June, Apple channel partners say they think the strong growth path will continue,” Moltzen reports.
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Report: Apple to release Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard as early as end of March – February 19, 2007