However, this means that as a result, Leopard will not be ready this spring, a time frame that Apple had reiterated several times over the past few months. In a bid to meet its iPhone deadline, Apple has pushed back the release of next version of MAC OS X (Leopard) until Spring.
The iPhone is still on track for a June release – around the time of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference – but engineers and quality assurance staffers working on Leopard needed to switch projects to ensure that iPhone arrives as planned, Apple said.
I wonder if Apple is so cash stripped that they couldn’t hire a few extra developers. But who cares so long as we get our hands on the magical phone, right!
Apple released the following 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(R) 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.
Well I’m sure too! God Bless Steve Jobs.
So until June, my friends, contend yourselves with the following video of an obvious geek drooling all over iPhone.
Or if you, like me, are more aesthetically inclined, take a look instead at Steve Jobs unveiling the iPhone.