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iPhone hitting development snags?

updated 03:00 pm EDT, Mon April 16, 2007

iPhone Development Snags

The Leopard delay announced last week may be a sign of software development trouble for the iPhone, according to checks with component makers by research firm iSuppli. The group found that part suppliers are still slated to deliver the ingredients for the Apple device on time, suggesting that all the problems with the device rest with its software alone. Apple reportedly pushed the iPhone's release ahead slightly from the rumored June 11 launch to late June to overcome the difficulty.

"We're hearing it's mostly an issue with the complexity of the device," said iSuppli analyst Jagdish Rebello.

The expert also suggested that the shift of software team members from Mac OS X Leopard to the iPhone was in response to issues discovered late into the testing phase. "Typically the manufacturer and the service provider are making sure the phone meets all its specifications," he said. "It's clear they have found some issues that they need to fix."

Apple's statement last week didn't mention when the transfer had occurred, however. Financial researchers have also weighed in and posited the idea that the Leopard delay is more due to ambitious features than a shift of resources to a more urgent project. Envisioneering Group head Richard Doherty noted that the stakes were high and that Apple had to ship a truly polished device to avoid a backlash.

"They don't want it to be a version 1.0 of the iPhone, but version 4.9," he said, referring to the glitches that frequently surface in early hardware and software. "Apple wants to get it right the first time." Doherty added that he'd seen no obvious problems in the short amount of time he'd been given to try the handset.

Apple has so far supported these reports and claimed that the iPhone has already passed multiple key tests before it can be used on AT&T's cellular network this summer.




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  1. cblackmo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    overachieving is standard

    I tend to follow the assumption that any software issues surrounding iPhone are a result of incorporating more refined features. The same goes for the Leopard delay. Since Apple's annoucement of Leopard and iPhone - Microsoft, Google, Samsung, Nokia, Motorola have all had time to do some catching up. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple announces new features for iPhone in June - and for Leopard in October.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    speculation

    based on nothing. Amazing!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: speculation

    But not outright bad speculation. Apple announces they've pulled a bunch of people off Leopard to work on the iPhone. Why would they do this if it weren't for the fact that they're having issues? Just because it sounded like fun, s******* around with your loyal user base and blaming it on a phone. If it was 6 months ago when they did this, they should've changed their date then (no reason to say why, just say its being pushed back). Waiting until the last minute sounds like a company that isn't managing its schedules very well.

    BTW, cblakmo, adding "more refined features" to a software (or even a hardware) project late in the game is basically asking for trouble.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Interesting...

    I'm sure this will make for an interesting lawsuit.

  1. Squirrel_Monkey

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Duh!

    Of course Apple wants to get it right. They pushed back Leopard because they don't have to worry about Leopard being late.

    I'm sure product evolution is a concern. Thought the iPod is successful, I'm sure Jobs isn't happy thinking about the 1G brick.

  1. jhorvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Snags are part of the bus

    Snags are part of the business of development. If you think all of there stuff that they have developed over the years just were built smoothly then your living on fantasy island. Of course they run into problems just like anything you build from scratch. Apple isn't Microsoft pushing out beta products as if they were fully ready. (Example Vista) They want the customer to be satisfied unlike Microsoft who justs wants the customers money and doesn't give a c*** otherwise.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Apple contact mgmt...

    ...has some past speedbumps including powertalk, which had lofty goals but never really worked for me - and then there's iSync which has had its issues - let's hope they get it right this time...!

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re: speculation

    "Why would they do this if it weren't for the fact that they're having issues?"

    Just because they needed more resources doesnt indicate issues or problems. Maybe they underestimated the amount of people they need. And why wait until the last second to announce the delay? 2 words.. Wall Street. Why would you annnounce delays when you dont have to, or more to the point where they may not be one. As a huge company, you dont go announcing all of your internal business unless you have to. So maybe they werent certain that OS X would be delayed until recently.

    And who says they are telling the truth anyways? maybe other "speculation" is correct where Apple wanted to add more features into OSX. Or they were having issues with OSX rather than iPhone?

    Bottom line is that this is not even educated speculation. Only Apple knows and I doubt they will be sharing the info any time soon.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    OS X

    Hey, before everyone goes all ga-ga over the iPhone running OS X, shouldn't we actually wait to find out whether the iPhone actually runs OS X well? Its one thing to say the OS can be scaled down to size, its another to actually do it (hey, maybe that's the delay!)

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