Apple Announces Leopard Won’t Ship Until October

Apple just issued a press release reiterating that iPhone is still on schedule to ship in June, but that Mac OS X 10.5 is being pushed back to October:

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.

This is bad news, but I, and most developers I know, have been expecting it, based on the very buggy nature of the current 10.5 seeds. Apple’s choice was to either push back the release a few months or ship a very, very buggy 10.5.0.

The big question now is whether there are actually any “secret features”, as promised at last year’s WWDC. If so, presumably, we’ll see them at this year’s WWDC keynote.

Thursday, 12 April 2007