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Following in Redmond’s footsteps, Apple has pushed-back the release of OS X 10.5, code named Leopard. This comes just a week prior to the popular World Wide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, where Leopard is to be the center of discussions. Can we still expect to […]

Following in Redmond’s footsteps, Apple has pushed-back the release of OS X 10.5, code named Leopard. This comes just a week prior to the popular World Wide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, where Leopard is to be the center of discussions. Can we still expect to see the Leopard’s spots? It’s too soon to tell.

So is this a case of Apple’s ingenuity catching up with them? Or the slow-down in development releases that Jobs spoke-of a couple years back? Or worse yet, is Apple falling into the tar-pits that Microsoft seems to find itself in these past decades years? Regardless of the circumstances that bring us to this sobering realization, it’s a downer to say the least.

What? You in the back row, “BS” you say? Well I never!!

All joking aside, this sort of thing will most likely never happen at Apple. Mostly because Apple doesn’t publicize ship dates until they are nearly upon us. They wrap themselves in secrecy in nearly everything they do. Sometimes it’s great for them, like for instance, in these type of situations. Other times it can bite them a bit, as tends to happen when the wild and creative rumor mills churn into motion prior to a public Apple event. The rumors generated tend to be much more than is ever realistically possible, leaving expectations far too high to be satisfied by Mr Jobs.

By this time next week I’m sure we’ll have seen a couple ‘Holy Canoli’ moments from Steve’s demonstration of Leopard. A couple tidbits that will have many of us begging to turn over $129 at Apple’s earliest convenience. (Built-in Parallels functionality anyone?) There will undoubtedly be a sprinkling of expected enhancements as well, to appease the more down-to-earth amongst us. Possibly tabbed iChat or a better Finder implementation.

Will Jobs announce a release date? Typically I’d say ‘no’ without any hesitation. But at this point in time, I offer a very possible ‘maybe’. I only waiver because of the circumstances at this point in time: Microsoft’s Vista resides in Purgatory as it pushes release date after release date. Apple’s market share momentum can’t be ignored. It’s a great time to strike with another release of OS X to really put Microsoft in the weeds, a safe distance behind. But were something awful to happen, resulting in Leopard missing a publicized release date, Apple would suffer a serious set back.

So sit back with the rest of us and see what Steve’s got to offer. We’ve got big plans for covering WWDC next week – or so I’m told – so enjoy a front row seat with us here at The Apple Blog!

  1. What really ticks me off is the fact that most of the features that are expected for Leopard are ancient history. NEXT had all the features that OSX has back in the early 90’s! All Apple is doing is twicking the code and spoon feeding us the features one at a time to milk us like cows!

    Did you know that you could record audio annotations to the mail app in NEXT. I bet that feature is going to appear in Leopard and everyone is going to say WOW! I say “Bull Shit”!

  2. Since Apple has yet to even announce a ship target, how would you/we know it has been delayed? In recent versions, Apple states a rather wide range for the ship date anyway if they announce anything at WWDC.

    I doubt you’re all that informed as Apple, in a rather rare comment, stated without question or doubt that Leopard will NOT have built in virtualization like Parallels.

  3. So, NeXT was “years ahead of its time” ?
    What’s your point ?

    Windows Lover ! ;-)

  4. Cardwamp Gigglefactor Wednesday, August 2, 2006

    > …to milk us like cows!

    … Mmmmmmmmm.. milk cows

  5. Unless I’m completely missing the boat, the post is making its point by starting with a patently absurd situation. Problem is, the way it’s written, it’s hard to tell. But I don’t think the author intends us to believe that Leopard has actually been delayed, just that Apple would never put itself in the situation of having to make such an announcement, because it only announces dates when it really, really, really is sure, not just to generate some vaporware buzz. In fact, didn’t Apple over-deliver by half a year on the first Intel Macs?

    Now *that’s* how to manage expectations!

  6. Um…this is the first time I’ve heard of a Leopard delay announced by Apple. Perhaps a link to an Apple webpage or AP article would help boost this claim…

  7. Pecos –
    You cracked it! (Or maybe you just continued reading what I wrote, we may never know.)

    Apple has said before that they weren’t going to do something, and then they did. (Video capable iPod anyone?) So I wouldn’t count anything out. By the way, what’s your source of Apple’s statement there? I honestly hadn’t heard that.

    Tim –
    Yeah, my intent was a ludicrous statement for the sake of fun. My point was that the crazy claim is something Apple closely manages by way of limited – if any – publicized information.

  8. Max – it’s not for real. it was to prove the point that Apple controls that sort of information.

  9. How can an unannounced product be delayed? Leopard has not been announced, and no release date has been anounced. How can it be delayed?

  10. So for those who missed the point that I’m highlighting something that Apple doesn’t allow to happen, I edited the 2nd part of the article to read, ‘All Joking Aside’, rather than ‘Truth be told’…

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