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iPhone Late June Arrival Delays Leopard Four Months

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It sounds like the beginning of a joke: "Why was the Leopard four months late...?" But the punchline won't have many people laughing.

"The iPhone".
See, I said it wasn't a gigglefest.

Unfortunately however that is the fact of the matter as Apple has been forced to admit in an official (and very long and self justifying) statement:

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 it will be well worth the wait. Life often presents trade-offs, and in this case we're sure we've made the right ones.

So now we can be taunted by both the iPhone and Leopard at the same event. Result guys!

Anyone else think Apple is starting to risk a little too much on this device?

Links:
Apple Statement
Apple Leopard 'Sneak Peak' – the best you'll be getting for a while.

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