Apple's WWDC today was filled with big announcements -- new and repriced Macbooks, and the iPhone 3G S. Not to be lost in the announcements was Apple's new OS, Snow Leopard. As anticipated, Apple used the conference to introduce Snow Leopard, the successor to Apple's Leopard (OS X 10.5).
At the conference, Apple bragged of now having close to 75 million active OS X users worldwide, up from 25 million in 2007. It also blasted competitor Microsoft's Windows Vista OS as a failure, quoting InformationWeek's Paul McDougall. Mr. McDougall wrote, "Vista has failed to catch on with mainstream computer users, while business have shunned it outright."
Apple is gunning aggressively for Windows 7, releasing Snow Leopard in September, a full month before Microsoft's release. The release is priced at $29 (versus $129 for the previous OS, Leopard) and $49 for a "family pack" that can install on several home machines.
The company brags that the new OS improves 90 percent of the Leopard base, includes better standards support, and deploys new technologies. The install process is also reportedly 45 percent faster and the OS consumes 6 GB less space, similar to the shrinking footprint of Windows 7 versus Vista.
The new OS also features some snazzy new features, such as the Stacks (for better folder exploration) and the Exposed dock feature. It also features new algorithmic enhancements such as text selection in PDF documents. Chinese character recognition is also now supported via a drawing interface.
QuickTime X is another key program, bringing "hardware acceleration, color correct, new technology for streaming (HTTP streaming)."
Apple is also making a fuss about its new OpenCL graphics and computing standard, which it hopes will be leveraged for better graphics and compute-heavy processing alike.
Between Safari 4, QuickTime X, and Snow Leopard Apple certainly delivered on all the rumors and expectations when it came to its OS and software. However, the biggest surprise of all had to be the price. With the new ultra-low price of OS X, the pressure is on Microsoft to lower its prices accordingly, or convince the consumer that it has a more functional new product.
Microsoft is somewhat safeguarded, though, by the fact that Apple's closed box hardware policies won't allow non-Apple-hardware users to jump to OS X. Still, the newly reduced price helps erode Microsoft's cost arguments, and invariably will soon be appearing in smarmy Apple commercials on TVs across the nation.
quote: Still, the newly reduced price helps erode Microsoft's cost arguments, and invariably will soon be appearing in smarmy Apple commercials on TVs across the nation.
quote: And if you are trying to compare the two, that's ridiculous. They are not the same.
quote: Im sure over the course of a year or two we will see massive price decreases
quote: What PC did you buy, that costs $1,000 less and has the same specs? I'd like you to reply with that PC.
quote: Why don't you guys do an article on this to put it to bed once and for all?
quote: A Lexus and a Toyota ARE the same thing.
quote: Haha, try to convince any WinPC fanatic here that case, touchpad, magsafe, battery efficiency, thickness and portability matters anything. Good luck with that.These people even think that Lexus is an overpriced Toyota sold to idiots. Nobody in their right mind will buy a Lexus or any other "overpriced" premium stuff - that's what they say, I'm serious! For them the only difference between Lexus and Toyota is the logo and only the logo
quote: but I doubt you'll find one that's as portable
quote: I'm curious what other 15" laptop weighs 5.5lbs, is 1" thick, and has similar battery life to the 15" MacBook Pro while still maintaining decent specs on the CPU and GPU?
quote: but I doubt you'll find one that's as portable. For some people, that might be worth something.
quote: A Mac Pro weighs 41.2 pounds, it's ridiculously heavy
quote: So a generalization that nobody who likes technology would buy a Mac is inaccurate at best.
quote: My thesis: People who have such passionate hate against Apple have some underlying issues and it's not just because Apple products are overpriced.
quote: Memories of being nerdy and awkward in high school and getting picked on by the hot valley cheerleaders that you half resented because they were jerks but were half attracted to because they were hot. So traumatic!
quote: I am going to back up MeesterNid. Partially because he's getting PUMMELLED to death here
quote: Better keep your mouth shut, the truth is not welcome here.
quote: Because saving $20 on upgrading your OS is worth spending $1000 more on a laptop with similar specs.
quote: I guess in your warp world, everyone should do the same.
quote: I get it, you spare time isn't worth anything.
quote: Your so called "free stuff" isn't free. You spent your time and energy learning these things. Time also have a cost associted with it.
quote: Apple is more than just a product. It's an EXPERIENCE. You get something invisible when you buy their product, and that makes it more valuable than the sum of its pieces
quote: Apple is more than just a product. It's an EXPERIENCE.
quote: I'd imagine it must be quite the experience in trying to convince yourself that the gay white color and fruity logo of the computer you just bought are worth the $1000 you threw away.
quote: They are afraid of Windows 7, PERIOD!
quote: M$ and Billie Gates and Stevie Ballmer(maid) suck and do nothing for the world
quote: operating sytems ARE given away for free
quote: Where is my $350 from the "OS Upgrade Hunters" commercial?
quote: The company brags that the new OS improves 90 percent of the Leopard base...
quote: Chinese character recognition is also now supported via a drawing interface.
quote: "Vista has failed to catch on with mainstream computer users, while businesses have shunned it outright."
quote: hardware is "normal", but the build quality, the touch pad, the screen... far better. Is it an expensive laptop? sure. But it has class
quote: 800% markup Apple is selling it with
quote: Apple's markup is much higher than anyone else's, and the better build and screen doesn't account for it
quote: But it has class.
quote: At last we see some pro users approach from Apple.