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.]

55 Comments

  1. Only a website like MDN would quote Roughly Drafted as a credible source. RD is a fanboy’s site just like this is. So yeah, it makes sense for MDN to quote it, but doesn’t make it any more credible.

  2. I really hope Apple announces a coupon for highly discounted (or free) Leopard with the purchase of any Mac after ADC in June. If they do this, I won’t mind the delay as much. If not, there are likely going to be a lot of people waiting to buy, which would be bad during the back to school market.

  3. 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…”

    Amen to that brother.

  4. Software development ( I’m guessing ) is a dynamic process with hundreds of branches ( features ) racing towards a self-imposed and arbitrary deadline and anyone who looks on a missed deadline as any kind of failure, is delusional. Whose to say Apple is not reintroducing features stripped out of the original product or is perhaps refining the parity between the OS and all other Apple products?

    While I’d like to think that Apple’s only real competition is past accomplishments, all of their work will stand or fall on its own merit, however, the marketing forces at play here, are very compelling indeed.

    Imagine how much mileage Microsoft and Apple’s detractors could get from pointing out Leopard’s shortcomings? Why give them the chance?

    Refinement is the name of the game and instead of releasing
    a point-1 update closely on the heels of 10.5’s debut, why not continue to polish the product?

  5. The point that Apple exaggerated when Leopard would be released is TOO obvious and the current hypothesis that 10.5 is still buggier than a Windows beta is TOO simplistic. I think that the true story hasn’t been told, but I’m cynical and skeptical therefore suspect some deeper, insidious, and malevolent reason for the lack of Leopard sightings.

    For example, I think that the programming grunts are sick and tired of 60-hour weeks, stale burritos from the vending machine, and the constant drone of Steve Job’s maniacal exhortations piped into the <strike>cells</strike> cubicles urging them to push harder and faster. I think the troops mutinied and Steve Jobs acquiesced. Yeah, Steve Job’s dream of burying Microsoft is a nightmare for the slugs in Cupertino, but united we, the proletariat, shall prevail!

  6. Hey, is it just possible that the people who work at Apple are human, and with so much on its plate, simple missed a deadline set over a year ago?

    Occam’s razor, anyone?

  7. Macaday and others have mistaken my comments to mean “I want Leopard when it was announced, rather than wait until it’s ready”. Not my point at all. My comment was directed as much at the article as at the situation. When Apple screws up this badly, we need to hold their feet to the fire, not say “It’s OK – because …”. It isn’t OK. Leopard is already late, soon it will be reduced to “just another announcement”. In Chess they call it a “tempo” … a “time” advantage. Apple had one, and wasted it.
    Sure. Leopard is a bit of overkill. Tiger is “good enough”. But when has Apple ben about being “good enough”?

  8. Jordan

    Only a website like MDN would quote Roughly Drafted as a credible source. RD is a fanboy’s site just like this is.

    That’s probably the dumbest thing I am going to read today.

    But since you obviously have no idea about Roughly Drafted, it’s not like you are going to defend your “opinion”.

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