Feeds

Apple's Snow Leopard set for June 8?

So say tea leaves, Amazon

The Power of One Infographic

The next version of Apple Mac OS X operating system, Snow Leopard, will be released on June 8 - if one Apple-watcher's prediction is correct.

The Baltimore Sun's David Zeiler, writing in his "Apple a Day" blog, came to this conclusion by recounting recent history and examining the events schedule of San Francisco's Moscone Center, the home of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) since 2003, when it moved from its previous venue, Silicon Valley's San José Convention Center.

WWDC has traditionally vied with January's Macworld Expo as the stage for major Apple announcements. At his keynote for WWDC 2008, for example, Steve Jobs announced Snow Leopard, aka Mac OS X 10.6, which he said would be ready in "about a year."

Apple has not yet announced the dates of this year's WWDC, but last year, the five-day event was held June 9-13. In 2007, it was June 11-15, and in 2005, it was June 6-10. WWDC 2006 was an outlier, taking place August 7-11 - likely because Apple was waiting for Intel to provide the Woodcrest-class Xeon processors used in the Mac Pro that it announced at that year's keynote.

To make his Snow Leopard prediction, Zeiler takes one leap of faith: that Apple will choose to showcase their new operating system during the media orgy that accompanies any Apple keynote, whether performed by Steve Jobs or not.

Zeiler then checked Moscone West's schedule - the annex where WWDC is held - and there he found a listing for a seven-day "Corporate Meeting" from June 6-12. Considering that June 6 is a Saturday, and giving Apple two days to set up - including hanging their usual giant banners - the time-honored Monday-morning keynote taking place on June 8 seems a realistic possibility.

Moscone Convention Center: May/June 2009 schedule

Usual WWDC location? Check. Usual WWDC month? Check. Usual WWDC length? Check.

And here's where Zeiler's sleuthing gets clever. He then checked Amazon's book listings to find out when Snow Leopard books are scheduled for release. Bingo. The earliest ones are planned for mid-June - right after WWDC and right in time for a June 8 Snow Leopard release.

We believe Zeiler is onto something.

But we won't go as far as Philip Elmer-DeWitt of Fortune, who predicts that the man announcing the release of Snow Leopard on June 8 will be none other than His Steveness Himself.

It's not that we don't think Elmer-DeWitt presents a good argument. It's just that we're a bit weary of the ongoing Jobswatch.

Let the poor sick guy alone. ®

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises
iOS/2 gear loaded with apps for big biz ... uh oh BlackBerry
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.