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Analyst: Leopard to generate $240M in Q4

updated 04:55 pm EDT, Mon October 8, 2007

Leopard to make $240M?

The impending release of Mac OS X Leopard could prove to be financially lucrative, says an analyst with the market research firm Piper Jaffray. Gene Munster notes that Leopard is being released at the end of the first month of a financial quarter, like the previous version of Mac OS X, Tiger; Leopard however will benefit from a much greater Mac OS X installed base, consisting of 23 million users versus 12 million. Since Tiger accrued $125 million in its launch quarter, with a 15 percent uptake in the space of just six weeks, Munster estimates that Leopard will add $240 million to Apple's Q4 2007. Looking forward to January's Macworld expo, Munster also predicts that Apple will release one of two products: a rumored touchscreen PDA somewhat larger than an iPhone, or a possible subnotebook.




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  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Questionable

    As glitzy as the upgrades seem to be, they aren't all that beneficial to most ppl. Who has a couple hundred extra GB just sitting around to back up to? As nice as stacks are, anyone who has been seriously using OSX for more than a few months knows something about organization. Quicklook will just drag down system performance when you're arrowing up and down files in column view...

    All and all, most of the new features tend towards the wow factor, but don't offer much additional usefulness in terms of user capabilities. It does a lot for the mousersizing enthusiast, but for those who've mastered the key commands to get as much work done as quickly as possible, there just not much.

    Certainly burgeoning sales will number Leopard sales hide, but for ppl with older machines, limited budget, or lacking mass storage space, I don't see much pull with the new OS. Best of luck, Apple. It still blows vista out of the water. Of course, Tiger already does that.

  1. Darwiniandude

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Don't underestimate it

    "Who has a couple hundred extra GB just sitting around to back up to?"

    Who can afford to have a couple of hundred GB of data on their Mac, not backed up anywhere? Because that's what the average person has. A disaster waiting to happen.

    Stacks are handy, i wish they wern't just tied to the Dock though. But Tiger has similar functionality anyway.

    Quicklook is fast on current hardware, and tapping space bar turns it on or off. You only turn it on instantly if you actually need to see the contents of file. So it doesn't slow it down.

    Despite what I said above, I do agree with most of your post though.

  1. pysan

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Networking

    Although for the finder alone not freezing on network share disconnects I would buy Leopard in a heartbeat!

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