Leopard May Be Delayed Due to Vista Compatibility


Apple’s new “Leopard” operating system, most recently expected to launch next month, has reportedly been delayed until October in order to ensure compatibility with Microsoft Windows Vista.*


Spaces, which lets them use a single key to toggle among applications.


“[blah, blah, blah, black is white, up is down, blah, blah, blah]**,” Rob Enderle, principal analyst with the Enderle Group, told MacNewsWorld.


“You don’t want to sacrifice the second half*** just because you want to get an early launch.”


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* Emphasis the Macalope’s.

** Bracketed text the Macalope’s. Obviously.

*** Emphasis the Macalope’s. Note to Mr. Enderle, October is in the fourth quarter.

  • LA Rick:

    In Webster’s Dictionary I just looked up “tool” and found Rob Enderle’s picture next to it.

  • I almost barfed when I read that. But then I held my barf in my mouth after I found it wasn’t true. Then I swallowed my barf and felt better.

  • WH:

    Oh, the dear Enderle! I just can’t get enough of the man! I wonder if the rest of the analysts at the Enderle Group is as funny as their principal? Why do we never hear more from them? Are they lving in the shadow of their great leader? Come forward, ye lesser Enderles! I am sure you too will have a lot of fun to share with the world!

  • Bob Jones:

    I want to live in a world where Enderle gets proper treatment for his obvious schizophrenia.

  • John:

    The Enderle Group is Rob & his cat …seriously.

  • Iain:

    I wanna meet the morons dumb enough to pay Enderle for his punditry. Seriously. I have a bridge to sell them.

  • PygmySurfer:

    I think the Wikipedia entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Enderle) for Rob Enderle pretty much sums it up – he’s a tool for Microsoft, among others.

  • Prepare to barf again:

    “The Enderle Group is Rob & his cat …seriously.”

    Never underestimate the power of the Enderle Group, you don’t know true horror until you meet Mary. Her review of the iMac G5 is still fondly remembered. 😀

  • Stephen:

    Lady and Gentleman, I present to you, the entire Enderle Group:


  • Quix:

    “Microsoft, Advanced Micro Devices, the SCO Group, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell are (or have been) among his clients.”

    Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.

    The surprising thing is not that Enderle is constantly spewing nonsense. The surprising thing is that people keep quoting the nonsense that he’s spewing.

    Ah well, the Apple haters need a hero – and Enderle, fully outfitted in cape and tights and waving the rainbow Windows flag, fits the bill nicely.

  • Nick:

    “… Enderle, fully outfitted in cape and tights …”

    A thousand Windows fangirls, if they read here, have doubtless swooned over that image you just offered us. 🙂

    If Rob can be induced to pose, it would probably sell well as a poster.

  • John Muir:

    Dvorak at least came clean about what really drives this braindead pundit industry:

    1. piss of Mac fans
    2. expect a link storm on the Mac web
    3. profit

    Pageviews are a prankster’s best friend. If only there were a mechanism for reverse charges! Come on, how many angry Mac users have ever clicked an ad while in flame mode and followed through with a sale for anything? It’s a system being abused.

  • John C. Randolph:

    In other news, Leopard is expected to be slipped by another year, because some putz writing for a clueless editor at a trade rag said that Apple was having great difficulty making Leopard compatible with IBM’s OS/360 operating system.

    Apparently, they’re having considerable trouble locating a nine-track tape reader, not to mention locating tapes that have survived since the mid-1970’s. Scores of Chinese workers are reportedly gluing flakes of tape emulsion to new strips of kevlar to ensure a bullet-proof copy.

    Asked to identify his sources, the idiot admitted under intense questioning to having pulled it out of his ass.


  • Miche:

    Rob Enderle appears to be the *sole* analyst of the Enderle Group, the other member being one Mary Enderle, “Branding and Web Design Consultant”:


  • Nick:

    Actually, another thought occurs to me in response to Quix’s amusing post.

    “… waving the rainbow Windows flag …”

    Isn’t Microsoft’s branding sadly out of date? Not only are they still using the name “Windows”–it’s not Microsoft Vista; it’s Windows Vista–but they are still using a multicoloured logo, like Apple _used_ to:


    Oh, look, the latest OS has got a window manager!

    Show me a modern desktop OS that hasn’t.

    Oh, look, there are colours!

    Again, show me a modern desktop OS that doesn’t have colours.

    Not only that, Microsoft has even extended the “Windows” brand into web apps–“Windows Live”. Not “Microsoft Live” but “Windows Live”.

    Oh, look a search engine that runs in a window!

    I’m being slightly literal here: there are companies that have brand names that relate not just to now-universal but to actually out-of-date technologies–and none the worse for that. Still, it’s borderline ridiculous to appear to be making a point that’s no longer relevant.

    The Vista logo looks ridiculous–a poor rip-off of an aqua icon with four little coloured windows floating in it:


    I wonder how much they paid for that. Can you imagine Steve Jobs letting through something like that? But Bill Gates has so little sense for what looks right his wife probably chooses his ties for him.

    Microsoft’s problems are far deeper than branding or logos, but somehow even the details are indicative.

  • Gilles:

    I highly recommend this article by Mary Enderle:
    “Perspective: Technology trends for Pets – Petscell* cell phone for your Dog or Cat”

  • John Muir:

    Nick, they cling on to “Windows” because it’s something of a lucky charm for them. (No laughing now.) The word Microsoft raises even non-Mac people’s hackles, and forking out a big wad of your own money just for the world’s most notoriously cash-flush company works wonders for putting customers off at the last hurdle. It’s just not something MS want or feel they need.

    If they wanted my advice they’d change that, as your company brand is where it should all start and to where it should all come back to. But for now they’re sticking with Windows This™ and Windows That© as though to tie them with the ubiquitous platform. Indeed, even the web UI to my decrepit old Hotmail account is branded Windows Live Mail so I discovered on visiting recently, from Firefox on my Mac! It seems as out of place as those charming little fake system message banner ads which show up sometimes, assuming you have the Windows UI to draw fools to click on them.

    Ah, so that’s what Enderle’s corollary is!

  • Erik:

    That’s the great thing about “may.” You can always say later: “Well, we did say ‘may’, rather than ‘for sure’, so don’t give us a hard time!

    The great thing about “may” is that it lets you publish pretty much whatever you want without being held responsible. In the giant hall of mirrors that is the tech news industry, you can simply say that you were just going with “published reports,” which is just another way of saying, “Analyst A thinks the launch will delayed, and Analyst B agrees.”

    Thus one man’s opinion becomes the hive opinion in the blink of an eye, and the mainstream tech press rolls blithely along.

  • John C. Randolph:

    Heh.. Gotta love Enderle’s profile that claims he’s “one of the most influential technology analysts in the world”.

    Umm.. Since when do “analysts” have any influence in the first place?


  • Alan Graham:

    Actually…October is in Apple’s first quarter.

  • Blain:

    You know something’s full of it when even El Reg calls the notion “Just plain daft.”

  • Dan:

    > Note to Mr. Enderle, October is in the fourth quarter.

    To be fair to Enderle, I suspect he meant that Apple shouldn’t sacrifice second half sales with an imperfect product just because they want to race to get it released in the first half of the year (i.e. the spring) which is “a slow time for PCs anyway.”

    You know, just to be fair.

    He’s effectively saying the delay won’t hurt Apple if it wins them more second half sales. Of course, October doesn’t quite cut it if you’re aiming for the second half back-to-school market… So, hmm. Maybe I see the Macalope’s point after all.

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