Mac OS 10.5 release delayed

12Apr07

A collective WTF?!? went throughout the Mac community when Apple announced that they were going to delay the release of Mac OS 10.5 codename Leopard from June to October of this year. From Apple’s Hot News site a statement read:

iPhone has already passed several of its required certification tests and is on schedule to ship in late June as planned… However, iPhone contains the most sophisticated software ever shipped on a mobile device, and finishing it on time has not come without a price — we had to borrow some key software engineering and QA resources from our Mac OS X team, and as a result we will not be able to release Leopard at our Worldwide Developers Conference in early June as planned… We now plan to show our developers a near final version of Leopard at the conference… and ship Leopard in October. We think it will be well worth the wait. Life often presents tradeoffs, and in this case we’re sure we’ve made the right ones.

Here are some thoughts I have on the matter:

  1. For the Windows zealots and Apple nay-sayers: please stop calling Leopard as “Vista Mac OS X.” There’s a difference between four months and four years. I am confident that the delay will result to a quality product unlike Windows Vista which after a few months after its release activation hacks can been seen floating in the interweb. It’s only recently the Microsoft has finally admitted up that Vista is not as crack-proof as they bragged it to be.
  2. Countdown has begun for the Enderle-Thurrott-Dvorak ridiculous write-ups for trolling and page view purposes. 4-3-2-1…
  3. The $500 iPhone better be worth it. Even though I am an Apple fan by definition, I am not thinking of buying the iPhone. The price tag is too much. I’ll just drool over it. That said, the iPhone better smash some records and wow the entire world on June to justify the delay of Leopard.
  4. The delay for me has some upsides. One, allows me to save up some more. Two, let’s me concentrate on Spro from May till October.
  5. There’s The Transformers, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Harry Potter to fill in the quiet between June and October.

Come October, I’ll definitely upgrade to Leopard and hopefully new iLife and iWork suites will also be released. Not sure if I’m getting either though.

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