Apple Delays Leopard Release until October 2007

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By: switchtoamac at: 9:28 AM on April 13, 2007 | Comments (0)

On Thursday April 12, 2007 Apple Inc. released a statement announcing the delay of the company's next generation operating system Mac OS X Leopard until October 2007.  From the statement:

"iPhone has already passed several of its required certification tests and is on schedule to ship in late June as planned. We can’t wait until customers get their hands (and fingers) on it and experience what a revolutionary and magical product it is. 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."

You can view the statement at Apple's Hot News page.

Switch To A Mac Commentary
Overall this is disappointing as many people have delayed purchasing a Mac with the hope of Leopard pouncing this Spring.  I personally know several potential switchers who have held out on purchasing a Mac, they will now have to wait even further.  I hope they don't change their minds due to the delay.  I'll soon be posting an analysis of the delay, it's ramifications, as well as negative and postive impacts.

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