updated 01:05 pm EDT, Mon April 12, 2010
Google Android may be in crosshairs
Work on Mac OS X 10.7 has been delayed, says Daring Fireball's John Gruber. The tech writer notes that some months ago, he received word that Apple had "tentative plans" to ship a developer beta of the OS at this year's WWDC, likely to be scheduled for early June. Coding of v10.7 is indeed still in progress, claims Gruber, but now with a smaller team and an "unknown" timetable.
There may be no v10.7 news at WWDC this year, the writer argues, and perhaps none until WWDC 2011. The reason is said to be an emphasis on iPhone 4.0, one of Apple's main weapons in the fight against Google's Android platform. Apple is intensely focused on growing iPhone marketshare faster than Android, Gruber suggests, to the extent that it is now making everything not in competition with Android a secondary priority. iAd and multitasking may be examples of this, since Android has always supported multitasking, and the platform is closely linked with Google's main revenue source, search-based advertising. iAd detours search to situate itself in apps.