“Plagued by delays and missing any of the exciting ‘secret’ features promised a year ago, Apple’s next-generation Mac OS X operating system, codenamed Leopard, will be released to the public on October 26, the company announced. Leopard is the fifth minor revision to the company’s OS X system, and it is shipping almost exactly a year after Windows Vista, an OS that Apple incessantly ridiculed for its tardiness,” Paul Thurrott reports for Windows IT Pro.
“Yep, reality really is distorted in Cupertino,” Thurrott writes.
MacDailyNews Take: Then, in a strange twist, Thurrott, with some actual credence, details Apple’s over-the-top “300+ new features” marketing spiel. We agree with Thurrott on that one. “300+ features” might be technically correct if you stretch it, but it’s pure (and typically Apple) marketing overkill nonetheless. Apple doesn’t need to do it and they should stop doing it. It hurts, not helps, like bad marketing always does.
See Mac OS X Leopard’s features via Apple.com here.
Now, Thurrott, of course, knows that just the single fact that ZFS is part of Leopard (and set to become even more important going forward) is a “secret” feature now revealed that his beloved Windows will literally never match – unless Microsoft finally bites the bullet and jettisons their slavish and crippling death grip on “backwards compatibility.” Which they won’t, because their market share will evaporate if they forced everybody to finally just give up and switch to all new stuff; too many would choose Macs. Leopard was delayed once (due to a shift in coders for the iPhone launch) and is 120 days past due, which – in Thurrottland – somehow equates to Microsoft’s many multiple promises and reneges, 5+ years of delays, and the dropping of any and all interesting features during the Windows Longhorn/Vista development debacle which we affectionately call by its codename: “PigLipstick.” And, now, back to the comedy stylings of Paul Thurrott:
Thurrott continues, “Leopard does include a few minor but notable improvements. A new feature called Time Machine, a prettier version of the Previous Versions feature Microsoft first shipped in 2003, allows users to resuscitate previous versions of files. A new feature called Spaces allows users to utilize a years-old UNIX feature called workspaces in typically elegant Apple fashion. And Leopard can dual-boot with Windows Vista, a feature that might prove to be the system’s most popular.”
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MacDailyNews Take: If intended to be a comedic piece, Thurrott achieved his goal – we laughed throughout. If, on the other hand, Thurrott is being serious… Yikes, that would be some scary delusional Zune! It’s almost too awful to contemplate.