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Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) delayed until October

Ugh…Apple has officially announced that Leopard will be delayed from June to October. The reason: so they could launch the iPhone on time.

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. While Leopard’s features will be complete by then, we cannot deliver the quality release that we and our customers expect from us. We now plan to show our developers a near final version of Leopard at the conference, give them a beta copy to take home so they can do their final testing, 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.

I’d rather have Apple release quality software than release a buggy version of Leopard in June. Also, there’s gonna be hella comparisons between Leopard <–> Vista so it’s better for Apple to make sure it’s of high quality.

I’m really bummed since I’ve been waiting for Leopard to buy a MacBook Pro.  Well, now I have to decide if I should just pull the trigger and buy it now because my PowerBook G4 won’t last until October.


Filed under: Apple, MacOSX, Software

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