During Apple’s semi-annual meeting for financial analysts Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that Apple expects most of its customers to switch to
Mac OS X
this year, but at different points depending on their individual needs.
March 24 will mark the official retail release of Mac OS X. When asked about Apple’s “expectations” for March 24, Jobs said that “every OS transition of any magnitude” was a “chicken and egg” proposition. Some Mac users should begin using OS X this spring, most in the summer, and others in the fall.
“I’m often asked, ‘When should I switch?’ There’s no one answer; it all depends on what apps you use and when they’re Carbonized,” Jobs said. “When enough are Carbonized, that’s when you should switch.”
The education market may be slower to switch than others because educators work in cycles based on the school year. But Apple is “very confident” that OS X will be a hit.
“It’s not going to all happen on March 24,” he explained. “That’s just the starting date. Don’t expect us to go out on March 25 and tell everyone they should switch to OS X immediately.”