Following weeks of rumours, Apple have officially announced that the Mac OSX 10.5 Leopard operating system will be delayed until October 2007. A brief statement on the Apple Hot News page states that:
[to finish the iPhone on time] 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. While Leopard’s features will be complete by then, we cannot deliver the quality release that we and our customers expect from us.
So, Apple’s venture into mobile telephony bumps their new operating system. I can’t say I’m surprised, but fair play to Apple for being upfront and honest. The statement concludes:
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