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Apple announced recently that, because they had to move members of the OS X team to the iPhone team to be able to complete the iPhone on time, Leopard would be delayed until October. I’ve since heard a lot of speculation that this is “yet another […]

Apple announced recently that, because they had to move members of the OS X team to the iPhone team to be able to complete the iPhone on time, Leopard would be delayed until October.

I’ve since heard a lot of speculation that this is “yet another sign” that Apple is losing interest in OS X, and is becoming more of a consumer electronics company. (Also fueling this theory is Apple’s name change from “Apple Computer” to “Apple.”)

But here’s an idea: maybe Apple isn’t less interested in OS X, but simply had to make a choice between Leopard and the iPhone, and chose the iPhone because it’s far more important. A lot is riding on the iPhone, and delaying it would not be good. However, Leopard is simply another 10.x release, and isn’t too important to Apple, especially since Vista has been getting a lukewarm reception, to say the least, so some of the pressure is off.

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  1. I think Apple have made the right decision. It is essential that the i-Phone is released on time. The whole world is waiting for it. Only Mac users are waiting for Leopard. To have traded the other way would have been a massive error on their part. I would have preferred, as all would, that their was no trade, as I’m really looking forward to running time machine etc, but I can live with it.

  2. Come on. iPhone also works on OS X. How Apple could be less interested in Mac OS X?

  3. I don’t think will release Leopard in October, but in the near future. I guess it’s fake.
    I think Apple is teasing (it noth the right word, I don’t know the specific) microsoft, because microsoft had to delay the release of vista.

  4. Hi-I just think that Apple are not especially keen on gaining OS X market share via disaffected Microsoft user/switchers and see the drive to the desktop coming from complimentary devices such as the iPod and iPhone. If they did care about the former I guess they’re still in time for Leopard to illuminate a possible path for Windows users looking for a replacement after XP is retired from the sales chain.

  5. Apple is managing to win a fair number of disaffected Windows XP / Vista user with Tiger. The company doesn’t need Leopard to make the point that Macs are easy to use, more secure, and also capable of running Windows. Tiger remains a very solid OS; 4 months is nothing to be concerned about.

  6. Obviously, iPhone is now very important to Apple now.

    I think the delay Leopard is to improve OS X to be a perfect cross-platform OS on desktop/laptop computer, server (with MacPro and Xserve) and mobile devices.

    If we look at how Microsoft develop a successful Windows lineup across PC, server and mobile devices, it is essential to let OS X engineers to know more about mobile devices market and in turn improving OS X to become a perfect cross-platform operating system. And, this is now Linux community working on as well.

    Apple is not showing lack of interest in OS X. In turn, I think Apple is very serious to develop OS X to compete with Microsoft Windows and Linux.

  7. Arnold Chavez Saturday, April 14, 2007

    I think you’re wrong, and agree with this article that Apple is only doing this because it’s what the customers want – not what is more important.

  8. I don’t think the argument makes much sense anyways — the iPhone runs on a subset of OSX, they pulled people off the general OSX quality/testing team to test the iPhone’s particular subset and implementation of features. Ultimately the OS as a whole benefits.

  9. Your write-up is confusing and self-contradictory. You say that Apple hasn’t lost interest in Leopard, then you say it “isn’t too important to Apple”. Wouldn’t that indicate it’s lost interest in the product?

  10. All I can say is that I whole-heartedly agree. It was a decision between two products and obviously the one that, at the moment, has the worlds attention is the one that will get chosen; the iPhone.

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