I feel weird about defending Digitimes immediately after writing how likely it was they are wrong, but…
First, I don’t have anything personal against Digitimes. My entire online-life revolves around evaluating how likely a rumor really is. My previous blog post simply pointed out that based on prior rumor accuracy, Digitimes has been wrong far more than right. (91% wrong based on known information).
Now that Apple has released a version of Boot Camp that supports Vista, many users are crying out that Digitimes was clearly wrong in their “Leopard Delayed due to Boot Camp” rumor.
The problem is this: Apple releasing Boot Camp supporting Vista doesn’t actually disprove Digitimes’ rumor. Digitimes’ claim was very specific:
The sources pointed out that the launch delay is not due to software design problems with Leopard but instead is attributed to Apple’s plan to have its new OS support Windows Vista through an integrated version of Boot Camp.
An “integrated” version of Boot Camp would be something closer to Parallels for Mac OS X. More specifically, something closer to Parellels’ Coherence mode which allows Windows applications to run side-by-side with Mac applications under Mac OS X.
Now, that being said… I’m not saying it’s any more likely to be true — again, based on their prior record they’ve been wrong far more than right. But let’s give them proper credit (or dis-credit) based on what they actually said.