Today at Apple, fast on the heels of the announcement of a vastly
improved 3G iPhone came a preview of the new Apple
operating system Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6). Apple hopes that Snow
Leopard "builds on the incredible success" of
its Leopard predecessor.
Apple touts that improvements coming in Snow Leopard will
include better support for multiple processors, better GPU support, better use
of large amounts of RAM, and support for Apple's new QuickTime® X
platform. The OS will ship in about a year and will come packaged with
support for Microsoft Exchange 2007.
Bertrand Serlet, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering
describes the new OS stating, "We have delivered more than a thousand new
features to OS X in just seven years and Snow Leopard lays the foundation for
thousands more. In our continued effort to deliver the best user
experience, we hit the pause button on new features to focus on perfecting the
world’s most advanced operating system.”
Apple says that integral to its plans is the new technology “Grand
Central", which will help developers design more efficient multi-core
programs for Macs. The new OS will also allow use of Open Computing
Language (OpenCL) to use GPUs for non-graphics applications. And the sky's
the limit for memory with 16TB of RAM, theoretically, at the new operating
system's disposal (of course such levels are impossible with current chipsets
and DIMM densities).
Quick Time X is also a major new feature. It will draw from lessons
learned with the iPhone and will feature support for advanced video and audio
formats. Apple is also throwing in a new version of Safari, which it
increasing performance by 53 percent, making Web 2.0 applications feel more
With the addition of Microsoft Exchange, Apple should be able to better
interface with Windows computers in a business setting.
The new OS marks a continued push on Apple's part towards a longer more
Windows-like development cycle for Apple. Apple has often been criticized
for having too short a development cycle. The OS X family has seen the
production times slowly increase from an initial release-a-year pace.
DailyTech will follow Apple's progress in coming months as the OS
approaches its release and prepares to compete with the upcoming Windows OS,
codenamed Windows 7, due
out in about a year as well.
quote: unless you buy the "pro" version.
quote: It is slow, bloated, and won't let you play a video full screen unless you buy the "pro" version.
quote: I still can't fathom how quicktime has become any sort of standard. It is slow, bloated, and won't let you play a video full screen unless you buy the "pro" version
quote: You can't even install it anymore unless you also download bullcrap Itunes
quote: Reclaimer, are you really that FCKING DUMB??
quote: Not to mention they lie through their teeth
quote: I say let Apple open up direct competition with Microsoft and see what happens... see if we can't get some actual competition going in the OS market.
quote: I mean, who would buy a Mac to run Windows on its own, the idea is ridiculous because they cost more.
quote: The fact that Mac sales have rocketed in the past couple of years proves the exact opposite of your post - people want Macs,
quote: Windows users tend to be more overzelous than Mac users
quote: Like this lie?
quote: What is important is the total lack of viruses or infections for OS X, compared to gazillions of Windows virii and other malware.
quote: Normal person + Anonymity + Audience = Total Fuckwad ('Shitcock')
quote: I still can't fathom how Wintel lamers like you and borismkv are even allowed to use computers
quote: Btw, the new version of Real Player is quite nice and it's media browser is the best for those of us who have large music collections.
quote: proudly refusing to use Windows Media Player
quote: I still can't fathom how quicktime has become any sort of standard. It is slow, bloated, and won't let you play a video full screen unless you buy the "pro" version.
quote: Apple touts that improvements coming in Snow Leopard will include better support for multiple processors, better GPU support, better use of large amounts of RAM, and support for Apple's new QuickTime® X platform. The OS will ship in about a year and will come packaged with support for Microsoft Exchange 2007.
quote: Where are you getting your info from?
quote: And finally, I haven't had a single problem with 10.5 and I bought it day one. Most folks I know don't have problems either. So I don't really see how you can say Vista = Leopard.
quote: a personal computer user will never need 16TB of RAM
quote: Since Core 2 Quad and Penryn came out
quote: I know it's hard to stay current on hardware when your computer comes with a 50% "style" markup
quote: It's a better compromise than being forced into having a preconfigured system in my opinion.
quote: against a self-built computer, Macs cost way too much for what you get
quote: So basically for my bones, it's PC for desktops and 50/50 on notebooks, Apple does make appealing notebooks and the industrial design is more relevant to the user in laptops as well.
quote: they would be decent computers, if they were priced the same as other PCs and ran Windows
quote: Except Mac sales aren't growing.
quote: Your percent of the marketshare is roughly the same as it was 5 years ago
quote: you cannot get a computer of equal power for the same cost from Apple
quote: and I can pile up benchmarks as high as the sky that say PCs outperform a Mac at the same cost
quote: People understand speed equals a better user experience
quote: they're going to prefer the better hardware
quote: all the little crappy apps that pile up on a Joe Sixpack PC won't install on a Mac
quote: because I drive a scooter
quote: Logic and reason won't make him go away
quote: Apple computers are marketed at those people who have some extra income and not a lot of technical knowledge.
quote: he reason Apple doesn't want to introduce cheap Macs is because they want to keep high profit margin
quote: Funny how money and stupidity go hand in hand
quote: The closest I can get comes out to around $3000 or more
quote: quote: Funny how money and stupidity go hand in hand If you are so smart - why are you not rich?
quote: Pirks is clearly nuts and an embarrassment to the Mac community
quote: So please... for the love of god... stop
quote: You, Pirks, are single-handedly helping propagate the stereotype that Mac users are self-righeous, uppidy, elitist jerks who think that they're doing the world a big favor by buying a Mac and giving the world a double dose of smug about how great it is and how dumb the rest of the world is for not getting on the boat.
quote: if you didn't know they added fullscreen to free Quicktime .3 versions ago or whatever, knowing full well PC people don't use it
quote: The thing that HP is trying to do is create that style
quote: But what do you expect from a company that has built its entire user base on the fact that its users couldn't do simple things like turn their PC's on or get a digital camera to work with Windows ?
quote: I'm sorry, but that statement is just as accurate as me saying that WIndows is for idiots who couldn't find their way around a UNIX command line.
quote: Personally, I went over to Apple because I was fed up with the rubbish that Microsoft was making.
quote: Seriously, I can't believe that you are practically praising Windows because its more difficult.
quote: You have seen the commercials right ? Every one featured some Mac idiot saying something like " Omg like, I plugged the camera in, and like, it didn't work right off the bat ! " Yeah idiot, all you had to do was click NEXT when plug and play popped up ! Every add involves some simple moron who needs a simple computer.
quote: I think plugging in perriphials , which requires an IQ of about 40, and mastering the UNIX command line, are extremely opposite views don't you ? Nice try.
quote: I know Vista had a horrible launch. I'm on record on DT for bashing Vista several times. But can you be more specific about this " rubbish " you had to put up with ?
quote: Of course you WOULD say its " harder ", because your a Mac guy. Thanks for actually proving my point for me. Where did I say Windows was harder ?
quote: Fortunately, they don't do adverts on the television for the Mac in Belgium, so I'm spared the Mac vs. PC ads. What you have to understand here, with the digital camera example, is that the drivers for all major cameras are built into the OS and are updated relatively frequently (note: there has been periods when drivers for brand new cameras have not been available). So, on a Mac it is literally just a case of plugging in the camera - iPhoto or your other selected application will start and pictures will be downloaded. Sure, on a Windows PC you might be able to just run through a PnP wizard, or install the drivers that came with the camera, and that is simple enough. The difference here is that, on a Mac, that installation process isn't necessary, and that's why its easier. If you introduce additional steps to a process then it annoys the user and it just isn't necessary.
quote: Issues with XP about 5-years ago. Problems getting the damned computer to start up, error messages during use, and Windows generally getting in the way. The startup issues were hardware related, but the error messages tended to be stuff like "can't delete file because its in use".
quote: So, if I say that Windows is harder for what I do then I mean it. In this respect I am confused as to what point I have proven for you. What you said was the following:
quote: Here's the thing - Apple puts the user experience first. With Windows, that's not quite the same. A prime example can be seen with the Windows User Account Control in Vista, which Microsoft openly says that they introduced to annoy the user in order to stop them from accessing functions that could be considered hazardous. Is annoying the user the only way they could achieve the goal? I don't think so, but it gives an idea of the mentality at work there.
quote: with the Mac you only have about , what , ten cameras MAX to choose from
quote: I can't fathom how anyone could claim Windows is "hard"
quote: If Windows didn't try to put the user first, it wouldn't be the number one OS of choice for the ENTIRE PLANET
quote: And the file in use issue means, dummy, the FILE is in USE ! I knew it.
quote: The UAC was put in place because of people like you, who just could not seem to understand even the most basic understanding of pointing and clicking with a mouse. It can easily be disabled. You seem to be more hung up on the way they worded the feature " annoying ", then the actual goal of the system. Which is quite novel. Its just unfortunate they had to waste time on it because of ignorant people like you.
quote: I pity anyone that tries to explain something to you
quote: That the solution to UAC is always "just disable it" is amazing. Why would anyone include a feature that everyone turns off?
quote: That doesn't strike you as odd?
quote: Hilarious. Are you seriously trying to tell me that you've never encountered a file that the OS has locked despite no applications being open?
quote: Windows gave us Plug-n-Play, but hasn't gone as far as it could, as the Mac proves.
quote: Seriously, you should consider framing that. That the solution to UAC is always "just disable it" is amazing. Why would anyone include a feature that everyone turns off? That doesn't strike you as odd? David Cross has gone on record at the RSA security conference this year to say "The reason we put UAC into the platform was 'to annoy users'." Why the hell would you design features in your product to annoy your customers? I don't know of any other OS that finds this necessary, yet apparently Microsoft can't find another solution to the problem. Pure comedy.
quote: Then a process is using the file. You know what processes are right ?
quote: Honestly, are you going to sit here to my face and tell me you have NEVER adjusted your Mac OS and disabled certain features and apps that came stock ? Ever ? Please, just don't.
quote: how do you identify which process has locked the file
quote: it sounds like the first instance of an OS feature that everyone disables
quote: The Mac OS is not like this. You can move, rename and delete files without any issue, and applications that you using them deal quite happily with the update. No error messages, and the OS doesn't get in the way of you achieving what it is that you wanted to do.
quote: To be fair, the UAC and camera scenarios don't validate my argument, but it is the culmination of little things like this that makes you wonder who designed Windows and thought this was OK.
quote: I mean, why is there no keyboard shortcut in Windows to create a new Folder? Such a common action but yet you must go through menus to achieve that goal. It's the little things...
quote: Its working for Apple because they are stressing that the social movement of being in the club is more important then the end user experience.
quote: id rather buy the full 64 bit vista ultimate and get free service packs, i dont plan on shellin 100+ bucks every bi-year.
quote: the average google monkey can't just look up a code and find a solution
quote: bad hardware, bad applications, or dumb user error is the only thing that will bluescreen a windows box as well
quote: Every single Kernel Panic I've seen in recent years has been caused by bad memory/logic board/cpu, a software company that refuses to code per Apple's standards, or a user that decided to trash their local library (OS X Equivalent to the system registry, only more logical) and/or other necessary system files.
quote: These are not "service packs" as a lot of people claim, and that becomes glaringly obvious to any real users of the OS.
quote: better use of large amounts of RAM
quote: when new Windows features require extra memory, it's called "bloated"
quote: "We have delivered more than a thousand new features to OS X in just seven years..."