I woke up this morning to a flurry of rumor talk because of the “information” that TUAW received yesterday.
According to the rumor Steve Jobs is going to reveal the plans for OS X 10.6 at WWDC 2008. Not only that – but the next version of OS X will feature ZERO new features, instead focusing on “stability and security”, a preview build will seed to developers, it will go gold in December 2008, and be on sale in January of 2009 at Macworld!
And monkeys will fly out of my butt.
Now, I’m not saying that its impossible that Jobs will mention 10.6 – that’s certainly a possibility, but the idea that it will have no new features, and be released in January is just too much for me to swallow.
First off, Leopard was only released in October of last year. After it was delayed because they couldn’t get it finished. You’re telling me that in 6 months they’ve put something together that is significant enough to be a major release? I don’t think so.
Plus, the idea that Apple is going to release a major operating system with no new features is just plain silly. Who’s going to buy that? Sure, some will, but not near the numbers that just plunked down their money for Leopard less than a year ago. I know we’d like to believe that being more secure and being more stable would actually sell and operating system – but we all know that isn’t true. Features – bright, shiney features – sell new versions of OS X…and you can bet 10.6 will have at least a few.
Another major part of this rumor is that 10.6 will be Intel only and will signify the end of the Intel transition. I think its a safe bet when OS X10.6 is released that that will be true – but I think its much more likey that we’ll see it announced at WWDC 2009 – with several new features, than it is to see it next week.
What do you think?