Apple Discusses Bootcamp and Leopard

Oct.19.06 | About: Apple Inc. (AAPL)

Excerpt from Apple Computer, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:AAPL) earnings conference call; CFO Peter Oppenheimer and COO Tim Cook are speaking and fielding analyst questions:

Kathy Huberty - Morgan Stanley

How should we think about any potential stalls in the Mac business ahead of the Leopard launch next year? Has that typically happened in the past?

Tim Cook

We have all of our thinking embedded in our guidance, but as Steve announced at the developer's conference, the Leopard will be shipping in the spring of next year.

...Shannon Cross - Cross Research

Just a couple questions. Can you give us any color on boot camp downloads? What are your surveys saying, people are coming, over 50% in the store are switchers, are they looking running OSX or Windows?

Tim Cook

On boot camp, Shannon, we're over 1 million downloads, which we are very, very pleased with. We continue to have a plan to integrate boot camp in Leopard next spring.

...Charles Wolf - Needham & Co

Yes. My second question is, at the developer's conference, Steve said there would be some new, surprising features in Leopard. My first question is, are there new features that haven't been shown yet? Secondly, could virtualization capabilities be one of them?

Tim Cook

Charlie, as you know, we don't comment on specifics, but as we said in August, we'll be shipping Leopard in the spring.

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