Apple: Leopard delayed until October

Apple: Leopard delayed until October

Summary: Apple will not be shipping Mac OS 10.5 (a.k.a. "Leopard") at their Worldwide Developer Conference in June as originally planned but will instead ship in October.


Mac OS X 10.5 LeopardApple will not be shipping Mac OS 10.5 (a.k.a. "Leopard") at their Worldwide Developer Conference in June as originally planned but will instead ship in October.

According to a brief statement posted on the company's Hot News Web site, the next major revision of the Mac operating system slipped four months because OS X developers were drafted by the iPhone team to help meet their June deadline.

...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.

Topic: Apple

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  • so what hapenned

    Thankyou for bring this to our attention.

    Just wondering - MS delayed a brand new OS and everyone were in uproar. OS X an upgrade version is delayed and everyone is silent.
    • What uproar?

      I don't recall any uproar the first four or five times MS delayed Vista. People were
      mostly laughing and mocking.

      The uproar didn't start until it looked like Vista was going to be delayed again past
      the magic date for suckers who bought into MS Software Assurance licensing.

      You remember, that was the deal where businesses had to pay an annual fee to
      continue using Windows. In return, they would get free upgrades. If you didn't
      sign up, you would have to pay full price for the next version of Windows.

      MS sold it by saying it would save businesses money; that the only way they would
      lose out is if it took more than 5 years for MS to release a new operating system,
      and that would never happen because MS was on a strict 18 month product cycle.

      Well, guess what? Delaying Vista to this year would have exceeded that 5 year

      There's a reason Vista for businesses shipped in November 2006 and not for
      consumers until early 2007, and Software Assurance was it. It's also the reason
      Vista was rushed out the door.
      • Big Uproar at MacWorld Forums

        You said that no uproar happen with the delay. Well on the MacWorld forums are 3
        news stories with 100's of comments some are verry negative about the delay with
        people complain that Apple is no longer a computer company and said that the don't
        plan to buy any new Mac ever!

        This is only a minority but verry vocal. So the have been a uproar but not here.