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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 Helbore on 6/9/2009 11:46:27 AM , Rating: 3
most of that "bad press" for Vista came straight out of Apple's mouth, too. The only issue Vista ever had was with older, poorly written software. In fact, had all the software vendors out there followed Microsoft's published best practises, there never would have been any Vista software woes.

Of course, Apple love to pile on the insults - collectively forgetting that OSX was completely incompatible with previous MacOS releases and the proptly did the same thing again by switching to the x86 line of processors - killing off support for all those legacy PowerPC apps.

Of crouse, Apple will bleat on about Rosetta and how they offered an emulator for older software. Ok, so you could run the old stuff - but try loading an OS9 release of Photoshop into Rosetta and see how much fun it is to use.

There were far less compatibility woes between XP and Vista than Apple's major release changes (or even minor relase, if you take into account that a codebase change was all anyone got with the move from PPC to x86)

This article well illustrates that old-time Apple hypocrisy with their knocking Win7 for exactly the same reasons they applaud their own work their latest service pack.

Still, its not really Apple's fault. You can't blame a company for using cheap and innaccurate marketing techniques if their userbase is so guillible that they lap up whatever Apple tells them.

RE: huh?
By wallijonn on 6/9/2009 2:45:20 PM , Rating: 2
The only issue Vista ever had was with older, poorly written software.

No. Just as Dell release WXP with 128MB of Ram, Vista really should have had a 2GB minimum requirement. Many, many people who upgraded to Vista had about 512MB of Ram. Then there was the whole Aero GUI fiasco due to Intel meddling with system requirements.

If MS was smart they'd make Win7 a strictly 64bit OS. That was there wouldn't be any backwards compatibility issues - just 32 bit app. issues. What am I say?! Win7 works great with 1G of Ram. Just don't throw a video card with 1G of on-board Ram at it.

RE: huh?
By Helbore on 6/10/2009 2:58:22 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, so Vista's only two issues were poorly written third-party apps and hardware vendors building PCs without testing them to see if the OS runs like a pig on them.

Still not really Vista's fault, is it?

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