Another operating system, another developers conference, another software leak.
Are we surprised that there are rogue beta copies of Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) floating around filesharing networks online. Nah, I don’t think so.
What makes me laugh is that (as reported by Tech World) ‘early responses from people claiming to use the software report that certain parts of it feel incomplete’. Well duh! It’s beta software for an OS that’s not due for release for at least 6 months, and which Steve specifically told us has some additional features still under wraps. What did they expect… a full working version?
I expect Apple won’t be happy, but not particularly surprised, that this has happened. It’s happened before and it’ll happen again. Give a CD to a few hundred developers and expect them all to keep it under wraps? Don’t think so, despite the non-distribution agreements they have to sign at events like WWDC06.
Whether it will make any difference to people’s perception or interest in Apple’s next OS – I doubt it. We’ve already seen what Apple wants us to see – the rest is presumably still hidden and will remain that way for a good few months yet. There’ll be some comments on Apple sites and forums, but it’ll neither hurt nor boost Apple. Of course, the software online may not be a legitimate beta copy of the OS at all. More fool anyone who downloads and trusts it on a working Mac.