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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: Cost
By solgae1784 on 6/9/2009 11:45:03 AM , Rating: -1
I don't think Windows Service Packs gave you the same kind of new features that OS X gave with each release. OS X version numbering is not the same as Windows. Think of, for example, 10.4 upgrade to 10.5 the same as Windows 2000 upgrade to XP (5.0 to 5.1) or Vista upgrade to 7 (6.0 to 6.1). Also, a service-pack-like update for OS X would be: updating from 10.5.6 to 10.5.7, similar to updating Vista to Vista SP1.

In fact, Microsoft Service Packs consisted nothing more than collection of security patches and reliability patches that had been released up till the service pack release. The exception was Windows XP Service Pack 2, after numerous backlash on security.

Granted, Apple has yet to release an upgrade to OS X that is in the same caliber to XP upgrade to Vista.

As far as Apple's claim during WWDC, they did got one thing right - despite what other people might think, Windows 7 is just that - a refined Vista. Unfortunately, this also means Apple shot themselves to their feet as well - Snow Leopard is also mostly just a refined version of Leopard.

To Apple's credit, Apple adjusted the upgrade pricing accordingly based on that fact. So far, I have never seen such pricing from Microsoft with their Windows upgrade, even for the kind of upgrade like 95 to 98 or 2000 to XP.


RE: Cost
By cabjf on 6/9/2009 12:31:54 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
As far as Apple's claim during WWDC, they did got one thing right - despite what other people might think, Windows 7 is just that - a refined Vista. Unfortunately, this also means Apple shot themselves to their feet as well - Snow Leopard is also mostly just a refined version of Leopard.


I think that was the point. Vista had a bad launch and now has a bad reputation. Leopard, on the other hand, continued to fairly consistent evolution of Mac OS X. So would you pay more money to fix something that's (perceived to be) broken or less money to improve something that isn't?


RE: Cost
By inighthawki on 6/9/2009 2:45:30 PM , Rating: 5
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Think of, for example, 10.4 upgrade to 10.5 the same as Windows 2000 upgrade to XP (5.0 to 5.1) or Vista upgrade to 7 (6.0 to 6.1).

Thats not even CLOSE to being the same. the windows version updates (5.0 to 5.1 etc) are the KERNEL version, the version of the underlying NT subsystem, whereas OSX's 10.4 to 10.5, for example, is just a simple naming convention to signify the next update.
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As far as Apple's claim during WWDC, they did got one thing right - despite what other people might think, Windows 7 is just that - a refined Vista.

No it most certainly is not, they did a LOT of work under the hood to make MASSIVE performance enhancements as well as redesigning some of explorer (taskbar and mods to the explorer window), as well as provided useful features and tweaks based on user feedback. 7 is not just a refresh of vista, it has many differences and you should go look them up.
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Snow Leopard is also mostly just a refined version of Leopard.

All of the 10.x releases are just modifications and updates of each other, of course snow leopard is an update of leopard, apple even said so themselves.


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