Apple need not rush Mac OS X Leopard to market; Tiger already superior to Windows Vista

Apple Store“Do Vista’s problems represent a narrow opening of opportunity for Apple to pounce? Hardly. Apple has been working to advance Mac sales from multiple angles for years, and Microsoft has been regularly offering tepid products that present similar windows of opportunity,” Daniel Eran writes for RoughlyDrafted,

“Last years’ release of Tiger for Intel, a nearly invisible accomplishment, helped to double Mac sales over the numbers sold just two years ago. Apple continues to outmatch the growth of PC makers by a large margin, and the growth of Mac sales is now even outpacing iPod growth year over year,” Eran writes.

“While many Mac users are holding their breath for Leopard, there are not shocking limitations in Tiger that the competition is putting to shame and which demand desperate solutions,” Eran writes.

“Additionally, Vista isn’t just a simple rival to Mac OS X, but rather competes against the Mac product as a whole. Apple’s current Macs running Tiger not only offer a strong alternative to Vista PCs, but can even run Windows for the users who have a need for that,” Eran writes.

Eran writes, “Microsoft simply doesn’t compete directly against the Mac. Instead, it is left sitting on the sidelines cheering on Dell and HP, both of which have been outpaced in growth by Apple.”

“The idea that Apple needs to rush to release Leopard in order to have something to position against Vista is simply a fallacy. It would be a mistake for Apple to push out Leopard early and gain the reputation of putting unfinished products in the hands of customers,” Eran writes.

Eran writes, “While I’d like to have Leopard running on my Mac, I’d rather have a frustration free experience with Tiger now and look forward to a solid release of Leopard later in the year…”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “RadDoc” and “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]


  1. Thankfully RDM is back. Got a bit worried without a dose of RDM for over a week!

    He’s right on the button, even if Microsoft and a large part of the media loathe and fear him.

    I don’t think we will ever see an Apple frifgtened of of anything coming out of Redmond again.

  2. This sounds like the excuses of an apologist! What he says may well be true, but the whole tenor of the piece sounds like an excuse for Apple’s failure to meet it’s own deadline. “While I’d like to have Leopard running on my Mac, I’d rather have a frustration free experience with Tiger now and look forward to a solid release of Leopard later in the year…” is all well and good, but we have three products stacked up behind the iPhone’s problems.
    One of the reasons the Mac is doing better than the MS share of the market is because Apple’s dedication to doing things right rather than accepting good enough. This article claims Tiger is good enough – a horrid precedent to set. Yes … Tiger IS good enough, good enough to trump Vista. Had MS not blown it, would it have been good enough to trump the Vista that was being touted four years ago? Maybe not. Leopard was supposed to be the cat that did that. Now it’s been delayed for four months so the iPhone – announced to the world as a working product more than three months ago – can get a boost in its final two months pre-sales? Ten-point-five, iLife and iWork are delayed for four months for this?

    It sounds to me like someone dropped the ball in a big way and Daniel Eran is telling us “it’s OK, because …” Except that it isn’t. OK, it isn’t the disaster it might have been. Still, it might well have been that disaster. We got lucky. MS did its usual “good enough” thing. And it wasn’t. When is the next “Vista” due? Sooner, rather than later? And better, rather than just “good enough“? Maybe as good as Longhorn was claimed it would be? We need Leopard and “puddy-tat” before then.

    Just my opinion … nobody asked.

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  3. In marketing, we recognize Points of Parity and Points of Differentiation. Allowing Tiger some time to stand up on its own against Vista establishes points of parity (and many points of differentiation in the form of Tiger’s advantages). Every new feature added in Leopard represents points of differentiation against Vista. I know Apple probably didn’t plan it that way, but the Leopard delay is actually a positive development, strategically.

  4. “Vista, all on its own, is weak.”
    I think Vista is as good as Mac OS
    Of course, I mean Mac OS 7.5 ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”cheese” style=”border:0;” />
    And even that’s debatable …

  5. the delay of Leopard shows what a non issue Vista is.

    I think it’s a great slap to the face of Gates by Jobs.

    “We are not scared of Vista.”

    I agree with the author of the article. If it was an issue Apple would push Leopard out the door on schedule.

  6. I think Apple shouldn´t lower its standard of performance, or just get lucky just because MS blew it again.

    By standards of performance I mean at least the following:
    a) Announce products when they are available
    b) No delays on products

    This seems to be changing, yes I know Apple does better than MS, but to compare to MS is to use a lower standard of performance.
    just my 2 cents…

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