Joe: Does it run OS X?
John: Of course it does ya noob! A stripped-down version for the mobile phone.
Joe: Does that really count as OS X?
John: Why wouldn't it?
Josh: You're all wrong. Apple has the whole damn Mac operating system on their phone.
Regardless of how you look at Jobs' line regarding OS X on the phone, you'll be interested to know that he was referring to good old (by that I mean the unreleased) version 10.5. Only the best from Apple, right? According to report published Thursday, some version of OS X 10.5 "Leopard" will be on the iPhone which is slated for shipping in June 2007.
"Everything I've learned (both in official briefings and 'you and I never spoke, all right?' sort of discussions) says that it truly does run Leopard, the upcoming 10.5 OS that will be released for the Macintosh late in the spring," said Mac columnist Andy Ihnatko, writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, after spending 45 minutes with the iPhone.
According to Ihnatko, all user interface animations seen during public demos of the device "come courtesy of Leopard's Core Animation suite." He also mentioned the device sports the "most beautiful freakin' display" he's ever seen on a cellphone of PDA "in range of color and level of detail." He also notes that the device's virtual keyboard "is a huge improvement over the mechanical thumbpads" found on many competing smart phones.