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Some were not impressed by Apple's WWDC presentation, cute hypocrisy

Leave it to the pesky bloggers to rain on Apple's parade.  Yesterday at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, it introduced a new iPhone, new Macs and several new software releases, including the Snow Leopard OS, set to beat Windows 7 to the market with a September release.  Apple was eager to fill users in with lots of facts about the new OS and how it outdid its competitors past (Windows Vista) and present (Windows 7).

How accurate were these facts really, though?  That's what several websites examined in the post WWDC keynote wind-down.  Leading the way was blog site NeoWin, which called Apple's hypocrisy "blinding".  The site points out that Apple's attempt to brand Windows 7 as Vista 2.0 seem glaringly inaccurate. 

True, Windows 7 shares much of Windows Vista's base code, but so have the last several iterations of OS X.  If Microsoft tried for a bigger revision, like it did with Vista or Apple did with OS X 10.0, it would risk delivering a shaky, maligned product -- like OS X 10.0 or Vista (at the start of its lifespan).  Instead, Microsoft wisely chose not to reinvent the wheel, but to improve on it and make it a bit shinier.

NeoWin also argues that Apple is doing its disservice dropping support for the PowerPC family, the source of Snow Leopard's install size savings.  While this may be practical for a company with such a high rate of hardware turnover and less than 10 percent of the market, it's something that Microsoft cannot and should not do, with over 90 percent of the market.  Surmises NeoWin cheekily, "So, to recap, Microsoft has increased support for lower end or older hardware with Windows 7, and Apple has dropped it all together with 'Snow Leopard'."

Paul Thurrott, a leading Windows blogger, also took issue with the remarks.  He pointed out that Apple's claim of 75 million OS X installs, only is true if you include 40 million iPhone and iPod Touches.  With Windows use at well over a billion installs, this places Apple at around 3.5 percent (or less) worldwide market share.

He also chimes in on the Windows 7 comments, stating:

Windows 7: "Even more complexity is present in Windows 7. The same old tech as Vista. Just another version of Vista."

Snow Leopard: "We come from such a different place. We love Leopard, we're so proud of it, we decided to build upon Leopard. We want to build a better Leopard, hence Snow Leopard."

Um. They sound the same to me. Jerk.

For the record, Snow Leopard looks just fine to me. It should, after three years of development on a point release.

While also impressed about MacBook pricing, Mr. Thurrott did lavish a bit of praise on Apple amid the admonishment.  He said that Apple's decision to price Snow Leopard at $29 was "exactly right".  He also comments that QuickTime X "actually... looks good."


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RE: huh?
By smackababy on 6/9/2009 11:37:57 AM , Rating: 5
Except that Vista is not problematic and hasn't been for a long while. I guess I shouldn't even point out that VIsta's shortcomings weren't the fault of MS at all, but those who didn't release drivers. Apple, as it has done for years, is trying to prove they are better with FUD. I never saw MS fudge benchmarks to prove they were better... Can't say the same for Apple, though.

RE: huh?
By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 6/9/2009 11:54:14 AM , Rating: 2
That's what Apple used to advertise. Since they are a total monopoly and don't license hardware, they control the drivers. Since MS licensed its technology (along with IBM, don't forget where the PC comes from) it didn't have control over the drivers, so they didn't work. That was Apple's advertising campaign for many months after Vista first came out.

RE: huh?
By SavagePotato on 6/9/2009 11:58:52 AM , Rating: 4
Apple has done some funny creative marketing over the years.

the first of which that I remember seeing was an ad for one of the power pc macs that said something like "forget megahertz were talking gigaflops"

Apple is built on false advertising and lies from the ground up.

RE: huh?
By cabjf on 6/9/2009 12:43:12 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see how it's any more misleading than saying that a higher megahertz processor will always beat a lower one. If you want to blame somebody for that confusion, blame Intel for deciding it was the speed of the processor that determines the speed of the computer. That holds fairly true for the same architecture comparisons, but it's like comparing the power of cars on engine rpms alone when you're talking about different architectures (especially when one is CISC and the other RISC).

RE: huh?
By SavagePotato on 6/9/2009 6:29:29 PM , Rating: 2
Intel had nothing to do with apple making a comparison between two different things. In fact this was during the power pc days for apple.

Comparing floating point operations directly with clock speed is sadly misleading on so many levels, but hey apple just wanted to use the term giga to make it sound like they had passed the gigahertz barrier.

It would sort of be like saying forget apples we have oranges.

RE: huh?
By MonkeyPaw on 6/9/2009 12:02:08 PM , Rating: 4
I'm still laughing at Apple's announcing of the SD card slot as a feature, complete with bullet point and powerpoint slide. SD slots have been in laptops for years, but when Apple joins the club, it's a great new feature!

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