Rumours suggest Leopard launch date

Leopard, the latest version of Mac OS X, will launch later this month, according to industry sources and Apple’s own support staff.

Rumours suggest Leopard launch date

It is rumoured that Apple has started preparations for a large announcement between the 22nd and the 25th, which would tie in with Apple’s planned release date some time in October.

It would also coincide with the last Friday of the month, a favourite date for the company to launch new products.

The rumours have been given extra weight by an email from Apple support staff sent to an employee of Dennis Publishing, PC Pro’s parent company. In response to a query over which versions of Mac OS X are compatible with the iPod touch, the Apple support member replied: “You have to upgrade from Panther to Tiger. But Leopard is said to come this month!”

Initially Leopard was due to be launched in June, but the launch date was shifted to October.

Apple claimed that it had to drag developers from the Leopard project to work on the launch of the iPhone. A release from Apple at the time claimed that the delay in Leopards launch would allow the company to “deliver the quality release that we and our customers expect.”

In the UK customers can sign up on Amazon to be informed when Leopard is released, but in the US the online retailer is already taking pre-orders for $129.

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