Leopard Development Road Map Revealed?
MacScoop claims to have been provided a roadmap of Leopard’s development from now until the release which is scheduled for October.
The roadmap is broken down into 5 main points:
New seed in early July
The site claims that a new build will appear anytime from now to early July that will fix annoying issues that developers have been encountering with Airport as well as several other User Interface, API and Developer Tools issues.
New major build in early August
For early August Apple is said to be planning a “feature-full” Leopard, the site states that the WWDC build of Leopard was not “feature frozen.”
Sources told MacScoop that minor features are being finished as well as improvements to the UI.
If you expect major “wow” features or interface changes, you will be disappointed. What we may expect is additional settings and user interface polishements. Among the most criticized parts of the new user interface being the new menu bar and Dock.
First Candidate early September
Apple wishes to have a feature complete build by September. The build should be feature-full and stable Final Candidate version of Mac OS X Leopard.
At this point developers will reportedly switch from implementing to testing.
Four to six weeks and then a Golden Master
After first candidate Apple plans to spend four to six weeks testing Leopard at most. This should be done around mid-October when Apple will reach Golden Master and begin production of Leopard.
Final release late October
The release of Leopard is being scheduled for late October but according to MacScoop’s sources this could be early November in a worst case scenario.