“In the past, Apple mostly executed on its promises, but now it says that it will miss its spring target date for Mac OS X Leopard. That may disappoint some of its developers, but users—and even switchers—won’t likely care,” David Morgenstern writes for eWeek.
“Over the past month or so, the rumor that Apple would delay Mac OS X Leopard (v10.5) surfaced and then submerged and finally surfaced again, but this time with a legit press release from deep inside the Cupertino headquarters. The new ‘date’ for Leopard’s arrival is now in October,” Morgenstern writes.
Morgenstern writes, “Yet when the October date first surfaced, it wasn’t believed by most Apple insiders. The problem was that the reason given for the delay was Leopard’s dual-boot support for Windows Vista. This made no sense—Apple delay its new Mac OS X for Windows? Come on! Then this conjecture was sunk for good when Apple in late March released Beta 1.2 of Boot Camp, which supports 32-bit Vista. While October was correct, Apple on April 12 offered a different reason. According to Apple, testing of the iPhone required it to shift engineering and QA resources from the Mac OS X team away from Leopard testing and bug fixing,” Morgenstern writes.
Morgenstern writes, “Based on many hours sitting through recent Mac user group meetings here in San Francisco, I suggest that most Mac users aren’t clamoring for Leopard’s release. They look forward to it and some of its capabilities, but Tiger is working fine for them… At the same time, switchers from Windows won’t be troubled at all by Leopard’s slight delay. A few extra months is a much different story than Windows Vista, which was delayed for years.”
“What all users want from an update to any OS or app is a solid release. Of course, they understand that there are problems that crop up with any launch, but they want it to work right. If another four or five months of work will make Leopard better, then that’s what should be done,” Morgenstern writes.
Much more, including what technologies might be included in Mac OS X Leopard, in the excellent full article here.
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