Shaw Wu, of American Technology Research, has posted a note about the iPhone and it’s OS X Leopard operating system and spreads his opinion on why Apple really delayed OS X Leopard until October.
Apple has already publically stated in a note published on its website that Leopard will be delayed until October in order for their development team to concentrate on the iPhone in order to get it out on time in late June (unfortunately I can’t locate this news item on the Apple website anymore). However, Wu believes the real reason OS X Leopard is being delayed is not because of the iPhone, but because the development team are working hard to allow Windows applications to run within OS X without the need of Windows to be installed on the system.
I don’t care so much if this is true or not because I’m more than happy to wait for Leopard, but with a great range of much higher quality software already available on the Mac, why would Mac users want some crippled Windows software functioning on there?more...
I think it goes without saying that all the other news we’re still yet to find out about the iPhone will be announced at this months WWDC event, but it’s been noted on Slashgear that Steve Jobs will inform the buzzing crowd what, if any, 3rd party applications will feature on the iPhone.
Slashgear has a little transcript from the NY Times which claims that an inside source has mentioned that Apple will be allowing developers of small programs for the Macintosh platform to convert them to run on the iPhone - put this along side Google’s supposed tools also making an appearance at some point and you’ve got yourself some 3rd party applications.
Now that we’ve got a launch date, June 29th, we know full well we’re going to see some information on the iPhone at WWDC, so now it’s just a matter of waiting a couple more weeks to find out.more...
As the release of the iPhone draws ever nearer, the rumour mill really begins to kick into serious over-drive and it’s further churned today with an article from Information Week.
The rumours will come as a great sigh of relief to many, especially if they come true, because a replaceable battery, higher storage capacity and 802.11/n Wi-Fi will all hopefully be included in the final model released next month. If these rumours were to come to light I dare say they are developments that have occurred since the announcement of the iPhone, because lack of storage (or at least expandability), and especially no news of a removable battery were mentioned at the keynote back at January’s Macworld.
It’s also been noted that the iPhone, which runs a full-mobile version of OS X, will include iLife and iWork, plus iTunes support similar to AppleTV which will allow users to stream content from their home computers to the phone.
Personally? This has fed the butterflies in my stomach a little more knowing that Apple isn’t going to prevent us from replacing batteries in the future should they become tired - although having said that,… more...
Last week I wrote about Microsoft Exec, Chris Sorenson, slating Apple for not making the iPhone business savvy, and this week I write to tell you his words have been slammed by Marketcircle CEO, Alykhan Jetha, as spreading pure FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt).
Apparently Microsoft is so scared of the iPhone and what it could potentially do for Apple that the only way the software giant could bite back was to claim it being practically unusable by business folk, but Jetha says different.
The one thing that they seem to forget is that the iPhone has the multi-tasking Mac OS X at its core. Mac OS X already trumps Microsoft’s Desktop OS, never mind their mobile OS. You can already read MS Word documents with Mac OS X out of the box using TextEdit. As a developer, I can tell you the .doc reading capabilities are right in Cocoa. You can open PowerPoint documents in Keynote and I’m sure Apple has something up their sleeve for Excel documents.”
It’s been confirmed today that recent rumours of OS X Leopard being delayed are in fact true, and it’s all because of the iPhone.
According to the press release issued today:
“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 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… more...
I just love all of these rumors floating around. It’s always some dude that knows some guy who works for some company that is related in some way to Apple that comes up with these things. But being that this particular rumor is something I really want to happen, I am reporting on it.
In this case, it is a supposed Apple employee who happened to see an email about licensing of the iPhone OS. Of course, he was late for a meeting and it didn’t really relate to his job responsibilities, so he didn’t read it. You can’t make this stuff up folks.
It certainly makes sense for Apple to do this but does it mean it will happen? File this under: Another thing to wait and see.
There’s an article written by Chris Howard, one of my colleagues at Apple Matters entitled, iPhone Realizes Steve’s Dream to Exploit Mac OS. Howard imagines an increased lust by the public for Apple’s OS after being exposed to the “very visual device with a sexy flavor of OS X running on it”.
But even if Apple sells 10 million iPhones and all 10 million people fall in love with the OS, what will that translate to? I suspect absolutely nothing. I consider myself a Mac guy to the core. I currently have a house with 4 family members (me, wife, 2 kids) and 6 Macs hooked up on my network. Yet I sport a Motorola Q running WIndows Mobile. Granted, if there was an Apple mobile offering when I was in the market for a Smartphone, I wouldn’t have gotten it. But I am productive with it. Does using a new type of OS influence my computing habits? Not in the slightest.
Will it “exploit” the OS to the masses? Sure. My take is people will enjoy using their… more...