Leopard leaping in June

Apple is currently planning to release Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard in June, mostly likely at or around its Worldwide Developers Conference, reliable sources report. As recently as January, Apple had been targeting a ship date of end March but in recent weeks the company moved the date back. The reason for the delay is not publically known but one source noted that "Leopard is shaping up to be a more significant release than anyone expected, with much more to come than any of the developer builds have led on."

Also scheduled for a June release now are new versions of Apple's iLife and iWork suites, which will pack extensive Leopard-dependent features. Sources say Apple continues to toy with the idea of bundling one or both suites with the new operating system free of charge in an effort to further play up the extra value and features Mac OS X offers over Microsoft's new Windows Vista. In addition, there is a reasonable chance that Apple will drop its yearly naming convention for the software suites entirely, sources report, (possibly replacing 07 with Leopard Edition or a similar naming convention), probably so as not to appear older in consumers' minds in comparison to the competition, such as Office 2008 for Mac.

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But it hasn't been delayed, its just been stated more specifically. If it comes out before June 21st, its still Spring 2007, which is what they've said all along... How is that a delay?

If you're read the article, you'd see the second paragraph:

The release will come at the tail end of spring, which ends June 21, enabling Apple to meet its original shipping estimate.

You'll also see that the "Leaping" heading is a direct quote of the original article, as is the entire content of this article.

all i wanted to read was a real discussion about leopard.. instead all i got was people goin back and forth about ridiculous stuff... go do something productive rather than rip on MS or Apple

Leopard has had delay upon delay! It's kind of like the product cycle of that other OS... on a smaller scale.

PureLegend said,
June is not spring.

Hmmmm.....


Yes it is.


Spring ends with the summer solstice, which comes the end of June.

Binary said,

Spring ends with the summer solstice, which comes the end of June.

Hey, why don't go further and go by the southern hemisphere's version of spring!

I don't think that launching about a week before the 'technical' end of spring actually makes it a true spring launch.

Kirkburn said,

Hey, why don't go further and go by the southern hemisphere's version of spring!

I don't think that launching about a week before the 'technical' end of spring actually makes it a true spring launch.

is this something like being "almost" pregnant? either it's in spring or it isn't! all of Apple's North American websites say Spring 2007. I suppose that it was rude of them not to consult you about your definition of spring, but you must also understand that while it may seem like spring in June for California, there are some parts of the country where it truly does not seem like spring in June.

Clearly an objective definition of when spring starts and stops was needed to help everyone to understand each other.

Please, avoid pushing your own definition of spring onto the rest of the world, there's already a commonly accepted definition, as found in almost any calendar; adding further confusion to the world doesn't help.

Slacker said,

is this something like being "almost" pregnant? either it's in spring or it isn't! all of Apple's North American websites say Spring 2007. I suppose that it was rude of them not to consult you about your definition of spring, but you must also understand that while it may seem like spring in June for California, there are some parts of the country where it truly does not seem like spring in June.

Clearly an objective definition of when spring starts and stops was needed to help everyone to understand each other.

Please, avoid pushing your own definition of spring onto the rest of the world, there's already a commonly accepted definition, as found in almost any calendar; adding further confusion to the world doesn't help.

It was scheduled for a Spring launch, but it's been moved up to June. ****ing June. OK? Get over it. By the way, the first day of summer will be June 21. If it is launched before that date it's still a Spring launch. It doesn't matter what it may "seem" like on that day wherever in North America. June 21st is still the first freaking day of summer. Before that, it's still Spring. And yes, I'm agreeing with Slacker.

Well, Vista does come with Movie Maker and, I think, an app about picture galleries. Okay for Garageband, this is total ownage, but for the rest, I'm pretty sure they can deal with the law like MS does and like they seem to do right now.

For the umpteenth time, MS wasn't punished for bundling things together. They were punished for their anti-competitive practices. Not allowing them to bundle things together was one of the punishments.

Apple bundles frigging iTunes already, that's like Microsoft not making Windows Media Player a hub for devices and just bundling the Zune software! Besides, Apple bundles iLife with every new mac anyway, so theres no competition for basic editing, music, photo software on the mac.

There isn't anything new in Leopard.. Basic applications that have been around for ages, just with a polished Apple feel. I won't be getting it that's for sure.

Do you work at Apple? Because chances are that they didn't show everything.

Btw, if they bundle iLife Leopard with it, it'd be awesomly nice!

There isn't anything new in Leopard.. Basic applications that have been around for ages, just with a polished Apple feel. I won't be getting it that's for

I wish I had your psychic ability - seeing as how that’s the only way you'd know just what is going to be in Leopard. Either that or your just another fanboy talking out of your ass.

glazzz said,
guess you didn't check out the feature on the site about leopard...

Those are the well known & obvious features.
Well, it's been continuously stated that numerous features have been kept under wraps. Choose to believe it or not, but even the above article suggests there is more than what the features pages included: "one source noted that "Leopard is shaping up to be a more significant release than anyone expected, with much more to come than any of the developer builds have led on.”"

YaddaMe said,

Well, it's been continuously stated that numerous features have been kept under wraps. Choose to believe it or not, but even the above article suggests there is more than what the features pages included: "one source noted that "Leopard is shaping up to be a more significant release than anyone expected, with much more to come than any of the developer builds have led on.”"

You do realize that in the legal world that the UPC code could be considered a unique new feature?

GreyWolfSC said,
You do realize that in the legal world that the UPC code could be considered a unique new feature?

Haha, yeah, but would anyone in their right mind tout such a thing?

And you do realize that I wasn't suggesting anything overly great in my reply. Both Apple & Microsoft seem to have a current thing for otherwise useless eye-candy... for all we know thats what Apple has up their sleeve. Bunch of ooohs & ahhhs upon it's release, but a yawn at the end of the day.

The main point in my reply was simply that the Leopard preview page doesn't contain all the details as glazzz suggested.... but feel free to twist it however you please.

virtorio said,

I wish I had your psychic ability - seeing as how that’s the only way you'd know just what is going to be in Leopard. Either that or your just another fanboy talking out of your ass.

What is wrong with the original posters assessment? if nothing is being disclosed, you either fall back into two modes; you're become disenchanted and start believing that the lack of disclosure is to a lack of features, and the other side is one of fanboyism with the perpetual hope of 'one more thing'.