“When Apple announced that Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard would be delayed about four months–from the end of spring in late June to late October–it cited the release of the iPhone as the main reason for the setback,” Daniel Eran writes for RoughlyDrafted.
Eran asks, “Is the release of the iPhone worth a delay in shipping the next version of Mac OS X? And Does this indicate that Apple is shifting its resources and interest away from the Mac platform?”
“Does Apple’s prioritizing of the iPhone over the desktop release of Leopard make sense? First, consider that Mac sales are at record highs right now. Mac sales are double the number Apple was selling just three years ago,” Eran writes.
Eran writes, “The release of Leopard will extend Apple’s lead in operating system features, but it isn’t clear that a new operating system will dramatically serve to boost Mac sales in itself.”
“That’s because new growth in Mac sales does not come from “new” Mac OS X features, but from the fact that users are recognizing that the Mac platform offers approachable simplicity, real world security, much less hassle with adware and junk software, and a more sophisticated, pleasant experience overall,” Eran writes.
Eran writes, “Apple certainly has to work to remain competitive, but there is no immediate feature gap that desperately needs to be addressed to make Macs more attractive.”
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