Steve Jobs spoke with the New York Times about Leopard, saying that this latest release of OSX would form the basis for another cycle of continuous operating system upgrades, which could last as long as a decade.
“I’m quite pleased with the pace of new operating systems every 12 to 18 months for the foreseeable future,” said Jobs. “We’ve put out major releases on the average of one a year, and it’s given us the ability to polish and polish and improve and improve.”
This is, of course, in stark contrast to Microsoft’s Windows, which only has new releases every several years. Their current OS, Vista, has a (some would say confusing) variety of choices to pick from when selecting the version to buy. OSX, however, only comes in one flavor, and you get the “Ultimate Edition” of Leopard for only $129 – vs. $250 for Vista Ultimate.
The next version of Windows, dubbed “Windows 7”, will be coming in 2010, which should give Apple time to release at least 2 more updates to OSX based on their current out put.
Frankly, I love the almost annual updates to OSX. Every year (or so) we get significant improvements on our systems, and new and exciting ways to use our Macs.