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iPhone bites into scheduled release of Apple's new OS

Posted: 17 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Apple operating system? Apple iPhone? Leopard OS?

Apple Inc. disclosed in a statement that its much-talked-about iPhone has passed several of its required certification tests and is on schedule to ship in late June as planned. However, delivering the product cost the company the delay of its next operating system, the Mac OS X 10.5, also known as 'Leopard.'

According to the company, in order to finish the iPhone, it had to borrow key software engineering and QA resources from its Mac OS X team. Thus, the Leopard system won't be released in the Worldwide Developers Conference in early June as previously announced.

Previewed in August 2006, the sixth version of the Mac OS X features full native 64-bit support; enhancements to Boot Camp that makes it possible to run Windows natively on Intel-based Macs; improved Spotlight searching; new Movies Dashboard widget for movie times and Web Clip; and new parental controls including curfews, time limits and remote administration. Leopard also packs new features, including the Time Machine, which allows users to automatically back up and restore everything on the Mac and Spaces, enabling instant switching between groups of applications for various tasks.

While the Leopard's features will be completed by the scheduled plan of release, Apple said it won't be able to deliver the quality release the company and the customers expect. Instead, the company plans to show its developers a near final version of the OS at the conference and provide a beta copy for final testing. Leopard is now slated to ship in October.




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