|| The what now?
||Apr. 5th, 2006 03:08 pm|
(If they stop producing OSX I will be *pissed*)
Logical progression. Haxx0rs were going to do it anyway, they might as well sell it. I would expect / hope to see a virtualisation-based equivalent within a year or two.
OS X is still where it's at for them. It's Apple's (not very) secret weapon. If they stop producing it they turn into Dell. And I don't think they're dumb enough to do that.
That's just the thing - Apple realise they can't compete on price compared to the commodity hardware that Windows will run on. Apple's business model is now to run on commodity hardware - no hardware to get locked into (any more).
Noone has yet explained to my satisfaction why Apple are using Intel chips anyway.
Well, they're committed to at least one more major release (Leopard), so they say.
If they stop producing OSX, Quicktime will die. And iTunes would get hurt.
Not to mention they’d lose half their customers just like that.
I wouldn't sweat it. OS X is so central to their business, that killing it would basically kill them.
Why would they do that? They have no plans to support XP or other Windoze format, they aren't shipping/selling it. They seem to have realised that geeks would be attempting (and succeeding) to run XP on the new Intel Macs, so they may as well release their own method for doing so. (And it seems a far more user-friendly method than the hacker method) Particularly as Microshaft have removed Extensible Firmware support from Vista.
I know there are many IT support staff who have to support both platforms who regard this as a godsend.