Do you think Apple is betting on it? The Phone market is a ripe apple for IPM. Read on
"Burlingame, Calif. - The iPhone is drinking up all of Apple's juice. That's the company's excuse, at least, for the reason it is delaying the release of Leopard, its long-awaited new operating system.
The company had planned to introduce the new software at its World Wide Developers' Conference on June 11; it will replace Tiger, the operating system Apple (nasdaq: AAPL - news - people ) has used since April 2005. But "we had to borrow some key software engineering and [quality assurance] resources from our Mac OS team," the company said in a press release Thursday afternoon.
Apple said that instead of presenting a finished version at the conference, it would hand out a test version, and mail the final product out in October. "Life often presents trade-offs," the company said. "And in this case we're sure we've made the right one."
The iPhone, meanwhile, is still on track to go on sale in late June, the company said. What, then, will Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs surprise developers with at the conference? The iPhone, a product aimed squarely at consumers, is unlikely to get the full splashy keynote treatment at an event geared toward software developers."
Jan 07 Here is a UK reporter at the Mac World show reporting on the Iphone. Aimed at the consumer market. People gathered around the enclosed display case containing the Iphone. They were like worshipers looking at a sacred icon.
Also, exclusive deal with Cingular...Very interesting.
This is the birth of "pervasive mobile computing" kicked off by Apple. They want to be the trend setter in my opinion. The Iphone is begging for an embedded laser Pico projector.
What doesn't make sense is that Apple "demoed" the iPhone in January. Why do they need to have a crash couse in engineering resourses to get the thing out the door if it was already finished?? Delaying Leopard is also fishy. Apple had a rep for always releasing stuff close to schedule. This is the 3rd product that is being delayed in 6 months.