Apple’s Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard rapidly approaching completion

Apple Store“Concerns that Apple Inc.’s next-generation Leopard operating [system] has fallen behind schedule are overblown, according to one Wall Street analyst, who says checks indicated the software is rapidly approaching completion,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.

“In a report distributed to clients on Monday, American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu downplayed a recent report from Taiwanese-based DigiTimes, which speculated that Apple may push the release out to October in order to increase support for dual-booting Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Vista,” Marsal reports.

“‘From our analysis, we believe these concerns are overdone and believe that Mac OS X Leopard will ship on time in the ‘Spring’ timeframe, or Apple’s June quarter,’ he wrote. ‘Our sources indicate that Apple’s latest beta build has made noticeable improvements in stability and functionality from previous builds and that Apple is likely one or two upcoming builds away from reaching ‘final candidate’ stage to be released for manufacturing,'” Marsal reports.

Marsal reports, “Wu noted that Spring technically runs from around March 20 to June 20 every year, which would give Apple nearly three more months to meet its self-imposed ship deadline. However, he acknowledged that a concerns amongst developers is that they are still in the dark on the software’s ‘top secret’ feature set.”

Full article here.

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57 Comments

  1. Just release it when its ready Apple. We don’t need some buggy piece of shit being rushed out of the door. For once I don’t want to regret installing a “.0” version of an Apple OS.

  2. Even the Developers are still in the dark about the “top secret feature set”? They can’t be too copyable, or maybe they ARE? WTF, Vista is out there … they can’t start adding features now, can they?

    Perhaps Apple is just wondering which of its troublesome “secret features” it can dump to make deadline!

    DLMeyer – the Voice of G.L.Horton’s Stage Page

  3. The fact that we still have not heard about the “top-secret” feature set leads me to believe there are going to be some mind-blowing surprises for us in Leopard! I can’t wait!!!

  4. However, he acknowledged that a concerns amongst developers is that they are still in the dark on the software’s ‘top secret’ feature set.”

    That’s what is holding things up, Apple is testing this version of the OS themselves and giving downgraded copies to developers.

    I’m almost 100% certain Lepoard will run most Windows based software, without Windows somehow. Codeweavers or something.

  5. In other news, Windows Vista SP1 is being delayed until later this year so that MS can fully examine the GM of OS X 10.5 Leopard.

    This is totally unsubstantiated which makes it perfect for Digitimes to publish. Why stop making up lies for hits now? ZDNet will run out material too.

    MW: doubt – o.k., stop that.

  6. DLMeyer: But that’s the big difference between Apple and Microshaft. MS hypes up features that later get dumped because of problems near an announced deadline (which gets shifted forward), Apple doesn’t tell you any specific deadlies and also does not hype up vaporware. “Secret features” is ambiguous enough, but exciting at the same time.

  7. I can tell you that, judging from the latest developer build, it looks like Leopard’s not even a release or two close to Gold. Maybe three.

    Now, if Apple announces new products or feature enhancements at NAB or other impromptu “special event,” then we’ll have a better idea of how much farther Leopard general release will be.

    But, right now, I honestly see Leopard going gold just before, if not at, WWDC 2007.

  8. I’m guessing that the top secret features will be additional bundled applications (plus maybe a new look).

    Wouldn’t be at all surprised in iLife wasn’t merged into 10.5, because: a) Jobs said something about applications like Front Row being included in the OS during his WWDC keynote, and b) Vista now has photo editor/movie maker etc built in.

    Anyway, the point is, new applications can be launched without prior sight by developers.

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