So like many other Mac nuts out there, I'm anxiously awaiting the release of Apple's new version of OS X. This version of OS X (version 10.5) will be called Leopard... Apple as always is very secretive about what is in the OS and when it will be released. They have only said 'Spring 2007' as the release date. I've been hearing rumors that it will be released March 24th. I hope this is true.
Today I was browsing the web for books on Windows Vista (which officially comes out Tuesday, though I've been running it for a couple weeks now). It suddenly occurred to me that I might be able to find some evidence as to Leopard's release date by looking for books on Leopard! Here's what I was able to discover so far:
|Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual||Release Date: 5/1/2007|
|Mac OS X Leopard on Demand||Release Date: 3/16/2007|
|Mac OS X Leopard for Dummies||Release Date: 4/30/2007|
What does this tell me? Well, the earliest release date I've seen is March 16th. That would tell me that it is likely being released somewhere around then. This date falls less than a week before the rumored March 24th date, so it sounds reasonable. At worse, if this book is going to be released on March 16th, that means that by this date, all the 'Top Secret' features of OS X will no doubt be revealed. That would seem to tell me that very likely in February, we'll have a big 'special event' where Apple will finally reveal all these features. I would expect it to happen in early February... Right after the release of Windows Vista. Apple has stated that they are keeping these features secret so Microsoft couldn't copy them for Vista... Once Vista is on sale, that's not an issue anymore, so I doubt they'll waste much time...