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Calling Leopard software engineers to the iPhone


Leopard delayWhich do you think is more important: a new operating system or a new cell phone? Apple is showing us its preference by delaying the release of Leopard, the next version of Mac OS X, so that the iPhone gets delivered on time. CNET Networks' News.com provides the details in the following story: "Apple puts a leash on its Leopard." 

Here's a snippet from the article:

What's new:
Apple said that the release of the iPhone has forced it to delay the release of its next version of Mac OS X until October.

Bottom line:
Analysts said Apple won't see any revenue from Leopard in the third quarter, but revenue from the iPhone should offset that.

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Do you think Leopard software engineers should drop what they're doing and delay the launch of the new Mac OS X? Which are you more interested in: the Leopard OS or the iPhone? Chime in the discussion, and let us know.


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Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.

12 comments
siewlailai
siewlailai

Would Google Phone becomes iPhone killer? Let's wait when the the device is expected to launch in 2008.

dlmeyer
dlmeyer

It isn't just "which does it value more". Sure, there's a little of that ... like "why release a not-yet-ready Leopard when Tiger is Vista's equal?" (being nice here). - Leopard offers a modest revenue stream, iPhone more - folks will buy Leopard when it is available - I expect Apple has an SLA in place for iPhone, with a DATE - the iPhone includes a specialized "10.5", now they need the rest I'm annoyed by this. No, I was annoyed at the late (June) date, now I'm angry. But ... 10.5, iLife'07('08?) and iWork'07('08?) will arrive. Will sell out on Day One. Will steal any "WOW" Vista (etc.) has left. Will boost Mac sales into the holiday season. The analysts selling now will be buying again, and soon, to take advantage of the irrational boost in the stock price. DLMeyer - the Voice of G.L.Horton's Stage Page Pod- Cast

kknepple
kknepple

When you say equal do you mean at the work place or home. Please elaborate I would like to know and am not being wise bottom.

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

The new Apple operating system should be able to run every body's software.It's to Apple's benefit to have their operating system run Windows files and programs.There is nothing worse than to purchase a camera and to have only mov files in the save as when you are running Windows.If you're an Apple software engineer it shouldn't take long to write this operating system.You could at least have a universal operating system available as an option.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Sure, the iPhone is the next big thing, supposedly containing the most sophisticated software ever shipped on a mobile device. But do you think Leopard software engineers should drop what they're doing and delay the launch of the new Mac OS X? Which are you more interested in -- the Leopard OS or the iPhone?

AutomationGuy
AutomationGuy

OS X is a great OS already. Apple must think so too. I can wait on the OS upgrade if they need to temporarily reallocate resources in order to get this cool 3 in 1 device to market on time! Besides, it's not like it takes them something like 5 years and 4 months to release a new OS to market or anything.

saybm1
saybm1

The US market needs better cell phone choices... it's been on our minds for some time now. As Europe and Asia get sleek original cell phone choices we get the same old same. Jobs is on target by not allowing the cell phone market here to get stale like the American car market by simply investing in the right stuff at the right time.

ryanmichelle
ryanmichelle

I vote for the Leopard OS, since I am highly disappointed by Windows Vista.

brian.mills
brian.mills

Personally, I'm more interested in Leopard than the iPhone. I don't have $500 to spend on a new cell phone, and I personally don't care about all the extra gadgets the iPhone has built-in. I already have an 80GB iPod, and I prefer not to do my web browsing on a tiny little screen. Leopard, on the other hand, finally addresses the most lacking feature (at least in my mind) that has plagued OS X with Time Machine. I just hope that Apple decides to allow it to work with SMB shares and not just HFS volumes so I can back my wife's iMac up to Windows Home Server like I do with the XP machines in the house. I can definitely see why Apple is pushing to release the iPhone on time, even if it means delaying Leopard. They already have an established, well-written OS, and Leopard is simply the next big update for that OS. The iPhone is a brand new product in a brand new market for Apple, therefore, it's much more important from a business perspective to release a great product exactly when they originally said they would. Software updates are notorious for being delayed. That's my 2 cents' worth.

kknepple
kknepple

I have been looking at Macs for the first quarter 2007 to replace Microsoft PC's and to try to find purpose for them in our organization. This right here tells me that Apple wants a lot more to do with entertaining me rather than help me run a business, which hey I like to be entertained. iPod, Apple TV, iPhone these to me are toys and not business solutions. Their OS also seems to be geared towards the dorm room and not the back office. Am I wrong here? I do like Microsoft Products in case you were wondering, but I like the company I work for better and am always looking to improve our processes. How does this show me that I should invest in Macintosh products to help me run a business?

bheskamp
bheskamp

The expectation we were given is that Leopard would be out in the Spring. I'm beginning to wonder if that timeframe may have been premature, even without the iPhone "interference". What I want/need is an excellent and dependable OS, and I'm content waiting for that --- but NOT because of the iPhone, or any other distraction.

LockOutGirl
LockOutGirl

I guess Apple just sees the iPhone as the better investment right now. Computers are still operating fine on Tiger (or lower in the case of my iBook). We can survive until that update gets out there. I never even upgraded to Tiger - just never saw the need I guess. There's not as big a race to get the next greatest OS with Macs like there are with PCs, at least not that I see. Vista swept the world up in a frenzy and now because it's out, everyone has to have it. From what I see, there's still many Mac users not even running Tiger. Granted, I see some features on Leopard that I think are great. But I think that Apple sees the iPhone as being more far-reaching and probably a better money maker than the OS upgrade. Personally, I could care less about the iPhone. I'm one of those weird people who wants a phone to be a phone - not a camera or an iPod - and an iPod to be an iPod - not a phone or DVD player. But at the same time, I don't even know if I'll upgrade my OS to Leopard once it is out. I'd have to decide if it's worth it for me.

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