ThinkSecret heard whispers that Apple may be planning to release Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard in June, this launch may coincide with the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on June 11-15 in San Francisco.
The release will come at the tail end of spring, which ends June 21, enabling Apple to meet its original shipping estimate.
As recently as January Apple had been targeting a ship date of end March—as noted by multiple Think Secret sources and other media reports—but the company elected in recent weeks to move the date back. Sources privy to the reasons behind the June ship date could tell Think Secret the details only off the record, however.
"Leopard is shaping up to be a more significant release than anyone expected, with much more to come than any of the developer builds have led on," one source said.
Also scheduled for a June release now are new versions of Apple's iLife and iWork suites, which will pack extensive Leopard-dependent features. Sources say Apple continues to toy with the idea of bundling one or both suites with the new operating system free of charge in an effort to further play up the extra value and features Mac OS X offers over Microsoft's new Windows Vista.