Apple’s Leopard delay not so much about iPhone as ‘top secret’ features?

Apple Store“Apple Inc. has placed the blame for missing its self-imposed Leopard release date on its itty-bitty iPhone device, but analysts on Wall Street suspect other culprits — such as a widely touted but so far elusive set of “top secret” features destined for the next-generation Mac OS,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.

Marsal reports, “‘While Apple cited a shift in resources to iPhone and more time for developers to beta test as reasons for the delay, our analysis indicates that if not for the ‘secret’ features, the core Leopard operating system would likely have shipped on time,’ American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu told clients on Friday. ‘We believe the extra time Apple is allocating is for developers to test secret features that will likely be revealed at its WWDC 2007 conference starting on June 11, 2007.'”

Full article here.

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  1. @Syndey(sic)Sanctimonious

    This, from Brittanica. Just in case you didn’t know how to type the word dictionary properly…

    liberalism
    Political and economic doctrine that emphasizes the rights and freedoms of the individual and the need to limit the powers of government. Liberalism originated as a defensive reaction to the horrors of the European wars of religion of the 16th century (see Thirty Years’ War). Its basic ideas were given formal expression in works by Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, both of whom argued that the power of the sovereign is ultimately justified by the consent of the governed, given in a hypothetical social contract rather than by divine right (see divine kingship).

    In the economic realm, liberals in the 19th century urged the end of state interference in the economic life of society. Following Adam Smith, they argued that economic systems based on free markets are more efficient and generate more prosperity than those that are partly state-controlled. In response to the great inequalities of wealth and other social problems created by the Industrial Revolution in Europe and North America, liberals in the late 19th and early 20th centuries advocated limited state intervention in the market and the creation of state-funded social services, such as free public education and health insurance.

    In the U.S. the New Deal program undertaken by Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt typified modern liberalism in its vast expansion of the scope of governmental activities and its increased regulation of business. After World War II a further expansion of social welfare programs occurred in Britain, Scandinavia, and the U.S. Economic stagnation beginning in the late 1970s led to a revival of classical liberal positions favouring free markets, especially among political conservatives in Britain and the U.S. Contemporary liberalism remains committed to social reform, including reducing inequality and expanding individual rights. See also conservatism; individualism.

    If I was an American, I would call myself a liberal – and proudly.

    The inquiry into this latest scandal has bipartisan support – with the Senat moving quickly to remove the administration’s ability to replace prosecutors: Evidently the crooks in the white house horrify just as many Republicans as they do Democrats.

    Dishonesty on this scale, from world leaders strikes at the foundations of government and the rule of law wherever it is.

    Which brings me back to my point. Apple is a public company with responsibility to its shareholders. Lying to one’s shareholders, directly, or indirectly, is a dangerous game and not something to be considered lightly. That Apple customers so readily believe that Apple is concealing some other “true” reason is indicative of the general level of distrust for business leaders.

    As I said, this is not unique to the USA.

    mw=congress !

  2. @@Sydney

    Dear old Joh. He wasn’t the only, or even the worst, of our corrupt politicians. He bought his way out of his trial but he died in poverty and disgrace. Sir Robert Askin was possible the most corrupt state premier – but who would know really…

    No country is immune to corruption. But what absolutely astonishes me is how many Americans think this is NORMAL and nothing to worry about. Presumably you think all your politicians are as bad as each other. You may well be right – and this may also not be uniquely American.

    Why then do you bother spending all that money on the charade of elections if you are bound to get a bunch of crooks in the white house anyhow?

    Let’s give Apple the benefit of the doubt. And if turns out they lied about the delay in Leopard then let’s call them to account for it…

  3. SydenryStephen said “instead of worrying about whether Apple is lying, perhaps you should worry about how the largest,most religious, christian society in the world has apparently insitutionalised deception to the point that no-one believes anything anyone ever says.”

    – I think you’ve answered your own question. What is religion other than institutionalised lying?

  4. Because iocane comes from Australia, as everyone knows, and Australia is entirely peopled with criminals, and criminals are used to having people not trust them, as you are not trusted by me, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you.

  5. HA, damned if your early, damned if your late.

    Apple’s always been illusive with most releases, but they are generally predictable according to what little hints they drop. So you get this scenario:

    –When Apple releases AHEAD of time everybody screams (whiners for the early Intel ready surprise).

    –When they’re off by a few months with anything everybody screams.

    They’re usually on time but comparing late by months to late by YEARS like M$ is not fair.

    Yeah, my sister’s pissed because she’s been waiting to buy a Mac Book Pro so she wouldn’t have to spend money separately on Leopard and iLife, but she’ll just have to suck it up.

    On the other hand, it won’t stop our office from buying 15 Quad Towers soon now that Adobe got it’s ass in gear with CS3. Now THAT and Micro$oft’s delay on Vista (4 years) is worse.

  6. HA, complain if your early, complain if your late.

    Apple’s always been illusive with most releases, but they are generally predictable according to what little hints they drop. So you get this scenario:

    –When Apple releases AHEAD of time everybody screams (whiners for the early Intel ready surprise).

    –When they’re off by a few months with anything everybody screams.

    They’re usually on time but comparing late by months to late by YEARS like M$ is not fair.

    Yeah, my sister’s ticked because she’s been waiting to buy a Mac Book Pro so she wouldn’t have to spend money separately on Leopard and iLife, but she’ll just have to suck it up.

    On the other hand, it won’t stop our office from buying 15 Quad Towers soon now that Adobe got it’s ass in gear with CS3. Now THAT and Micro$oft’s delay on Vista (4 years) is worse.

  7. Sorry about the multiple posts. The interface told me it was rejected and couldn’t post 2x. So I thought, are they cracking down on language here (the IMUS EFFECT) so I removed “Pissed” and “Dammed” and the interface accepted it.

    Then I look and see multiple posts. Should have checked, now that running 2 pages is normal I have to remember to go to page 2 to see if it stuck.

  8. IT2

    I’ve had 2x posts on here for the same reason!

    To SydneyStephen, I respect your right to feel differently than I do politically, but please try to limit political discussions if the topic is about “top secret features” and clearly has no relationship to politics!

  9. @twilight

    Read my original post… My point was about the assumption that Apple was lying about the reason for the delay of Leopard. If you follow the posts you will find someone else, hiding behind an anonymous post, turned it into a personal and political attack.

    The point remains true and I am happy to restate it: Apple is obliged to behave honestly and should be given the benefit of the doubt.

    That people are so quick to assume that Apple have lied about the delay in Leopard speaks volumes about the kind of world we live in.

    This has nothing to do with party politics in America (except that the current US Attorney General is under investigation for dishonesty himself) – and everything to do with the apparent general acceptance of institutionalised dishonesty.

    It seems that deceitful behaviour is regarded as “normal” in American business today. And for some, defending their favoured political party is apparently MUCH more important than worrying that your chief law officer might be a liar…

  10. Y’all have to excuse our less than good friend from OzLand, Stephen.

    He truly despises the fact that he is NOT from America, so therefore, rather than point out the many good points his country offers, he must tear down ours with every chance he gets, using his National Enquirer investigatory methods.

    You know the type-if it is printed, if it is derogatory of the U.S., if it supports his agenda (which is based on his bigotry), if it finally gives him a feeling of superiority, then it MUST be true. Facts, reasons, doubts, or sense be damned.

    AS LONG AS IT IS WRITTEN IN ENOUGH PUBLICATIONS, IT IS TRUE.

    Ignore him. He is pointless.

  11. I still think running Windows XP apps natively could be it.

    Yes I heard already that lots of peeps say Windows apps natively on Mac would kill Mac software development but that argument is bogus because I said XP. No developers will stop writing Mac apps because they are all tuned to writing Vista and leopard compatible software, XP is gone for them already. But for ordinary peeps they have legacy PC apps already so they could get a Mac and carry on simply avoiding Vista. Upgrading to a Mac would be so much cheaper than ‘upgrading’ to Vista.

    Sounds like a win for peeps, a win for Apple, a win for developers of Mac software and a hit for anyone associated with Vista.

    That’s priceless.

    (Don’t forget Apple has the XP APIs under the old patent swap deal, not the Vista APIs anyway.)

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