updated 09:25 am EDT, Fri March 23, 2007
Leopard delay rumors
With the delayed launch of Apple TV finally here, Apple's rumor mill has turned to Mac OS X Leopard, iMacs, and possibly new server-oriented software from Parallels. A new rumor from Digitimes says the release of the Mac OS X Leopard operating system "will be postponed to October to allow Apple to make Leopard support Windows Vista through an integrated version of its Boot Camp software." According to that rumor, the company hopes that Macs with support for Vista can grab more market share, the report claims. SWsoft -- the makers of Parallels Desktop -- is reportedly working on a similar server-based virtualization application for Apple servers that "could provide customers with an innovative solution for running Windows, Mac OS and Linux side by side on a departmental or small business server."
The rumored software would be an encore to the very successful Parallels Desktop for Mac and could boost lagging Apple server sales, The Var Guy writes.
"Apple servers have several niches, managing such tasks as multimedia storage and running open source email systems. But SWsoft could make Mac OS X a more attractive option within organizations that are seeking to standardize and maximize their hardware with virtualization software. Watch for SWsoft to target departmental Apple servers before year's end."
New iMacs may showcase new industrial design
Finally, AppleInsider earlier this week reported on forthcoming "substantial facelift" to Apple's consumer desktop iMac line that will showcase striking new industrial design, but may leave the future of the low-end 17-inch iMac up-in-the-air.
"People familiar with the matter say the Cupertino-based Mac maker has called upon its award-winning design chief Jonathan Ive and his team to cut the fat from the the current iMac line and outfit a pair of new Core 2 Duo-based models in a form factor that will be both slimmer and sleeker than today's offerings," the report claimed.