Posted by fabriziogiudici
on April 12, 2007 at 3:31 PM PDT
Apple has just posted bad news: the release of Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) has been delayed to October .
With the usual arrogance, Apple has never disclosed to Java developers its official plans about Java 6, but since the latest pre-release dates several months back we have understood that the final release is bound to Leopard. This was already a questionable decision, in any case until yesterday it looked like Leopard was really close so we could live with it.
Releasing Java 6 at October 2007 means TEN MONTHS of delay with respect to Sun release. We are back to the bad habits (Java 5 was released with a huge delay too).
I'm really upset since this means that I won't be able to use my MacBook Pro for developing with Java 6 for several months (yes, I do have Linux and Windows on multi-boot and in virtualization with Parallels, but this was supposed to be done for multi-platform testing only).
Now, since Apple was able to release Java 6 betas on Mac OS 10.4, this means that there are no technical dependencies on Leopard - just a marketing choice. Now, given that Apple has missed the June target for Leopard, one would hope that they now release Java 6 for Tiger - but I bet that we won't have even a public statement about Apple plans, as usual, and we are forced to guess.