updated 09:10 pm EST, Tue March 28, 2006
Leopard could help Apple
Microsoft's Windows Vista delay could help Apple as the company preps its next Mac OS X "Leopard" release. Apple's next generation operating system could be released by Christmas this year, giving Apple yet another edge during the busy holiday season, while Microsoft continues to delay Vista into the year -- amid calls for the ousting of its CEO and possible further delays. Credit Suisse's Robert Semple, which says the delay will hurt the PC industry, revised industry growth downward to 8 percent (from 9 percent). Semple also said that Apple could "steal some of the spotlight" and marketshare from Dell and others. Speaking about Dell's recent acquisition of Alienware, the analyst said that a pre-Vista and holiday launch of Leopard -- which will probably be previewed at WWDC in August -- "would likely translate into further share gains in the consumer PC segment as Apple will be better positioned," according to The Wall Street Journal.