“Apple on Thursday pushed back the release of Leopard, the next major upgrade of its Macintosh operating system, until October, saying it had to divert too much of its resources to getting the iPhone out on time,” Antone Gonsalves reports for InformationWeek.
Gonsalves reports, “Because of the delay, the second for Leopard this year, consumers ready to buy a Mac, particularly during the important back-to-school season, are expected to delay purchases until the OS’s release. Leopard had originally been scheduled to debut in June at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference.”
MacDailyNews Take: Yesterday’s announcement was not Apple’s “second delay for Leopard this year.” Apple never said that Leopard would debut in June at WWDC. This year, until yesterday, Apple had consistently stated that Mac OS X Leopard would ship in “spring 2007.” By the way, just a reminder, Apple already has the best operating system on the market by far with their current Mac OS X Tiger.
MacDailyNews Note: [3:45pm EDT. Well, that was quick. InformationWeek has edited the original article (pictured below) to remove the incorrect line, “the second for Leopard this year.”
Gonsalves continues, “Nevertheless, the delays are uncommon with Apple, which seldom stumbles in getting out OS upgrades. ‘It’s an unusual turn of events for Apple, which is really good at hitting deadlines with upgrades to its OS, compared with Microsoft,’ Toni Duboise, analyst for Current Analysis, said.”
“John Lynch, financial analyst for Needham & Co., agreed that Apple would see sales tip toward the latter part of the year.’I suspect that it’s just going to be a time shift in their OS upgrade revenues,’ he said. ‘In addition to that, some customers may delay purchases of the Mac as well, but my suspicion is that won’t be a particularly powerful phenomenon.’ Apple, for example, could choose to hand out coupons similar to what Microsoft and computer makers did during the holiday shopping season. The coupons gave people upgrades to Vista at no additional cost when the OS was released in January. While many people waited anyway to buy new PCs, Lynch felt Apple would be more successful. ‘It’s a lot less painful to upgrade the Mac OS than Windows,'” Gonsalves reports.
MacDailyNews Take: We thoroughly agree with Lynch’s asssessment.
Gonsalves continues, “Apple had originally been slated to launch Leopard in April, but decided to push it back to June to ensure that Macs running Leopard are also capable of running Vista.”
MacDailyNews Take: There is simply no basis in fact for that statement whatsoever. Have ye any proof, Mr. Gonsalves or do you just like making things up based on half-wrong reports via DigiTimes (they got the month right, but not the cause) and reporting them as fact? Mac OS X Tiger Macs are already capable of running Vista via Boot Camp. What the heck is going on over at the used-to-be-pretty-reliable InformationWeek lately? If this keeps up they ought to change the name to “InformationWeak.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Steve” for the heads up.]
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