Apple Mac OS X Leopard pre-orders double those of Tiger, some VARs say

“Some solution providers say pre-orders of Apple’s forthcoming Leopard operating system are more than double the volume for the same time prior to the last major Mac OS release, and point to new features and dissatisfaction with Microsoft Vista as key drivers,” Edward F. Moltzen reports for CMP Channel.

“Apple is set to launch Mac OS X 10.5, also known as Leopard, on Oct. 26,” Moltzen reports.

“‘We’ve probably doubled the backorders of Leopard, compared to what we did with Tiger,’ said Patrick Brown, CEO of Brown Computer Solutions, a Brattleboro, Vt.-based solution provider and Apple specialist. ‘With the Intel Macs, Apple has significantly increased the installed base. We do expect a very successful launch,'” Moltzen reports.

Moltzen reports, “Chris Gear, marketing director for Macforce, a Portland, Ore.-based Apple specialist, agreed with the assessment of brisk pre-ordering for Leopard and said a combination of the long upgrade cycle, plus tepid reviews for Microsoft Vista, has created a strong sales environment. ‘More than anything, it has to do with the biggest growth coming from ‘switchers’ — people switching from the Windows platform,’ Gear said.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: In a related note, Amazon’s top two current best-selling software products are Apple Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and Apple Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Family Pack.

35 Comments

  1. “In a related note, Amazon’s top two current best-selling software products are Apple Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and Apple Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Family Pack.”

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    That’s because Amazon is selling the Leopard pre-order for $109, which is $20 less than buying from Apple directly.

  2. Maybe I’m missing something, but I’m not sure how dissatisfaction with Vista would boost pre-orders for Leopard.

    Surely, if someone were unhappy with Vista, he/she would be ordering a new Mac and not just the operating system.

    More Macs in circulation than when Tiger was released? I can believe that. The Vista reason seems like more of a stretch to me.

  3. Alex – I think they are just implying that there have been a lot of switchers in the past year, some of whom switched because of dissatisfaction over Vista. And now some of these people are buying the OS upgrade.

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