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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 nayy on 6/9/2009 12:06:17 PM , Rating: 2
I don't anything wrong with charging $29 for a minor OS update. Is not really a service pack since it adds new functionallity. Yes XP SP2 did add new functionality but that was more of an exception than a rule for microsoft, Sp are meant to be mainly about security and stability.

Besides what % of the apple users is going to perform an OS upgrade, Apple knows that most people will get Snow Leopard with their next computer, the update price is more of a kick in the nuts to Microsoft than anything else. May be something good will come out of it and MS will lower the update price to Win7

RE: Cost
By SoCalBoomer on 6/9/2009 5:47:31 PM , Rating: 3
So what new functionality is there in Snow Leopard that is worth making it an OS upgrade over what a major service pack does for Windows?

Snow Leopard:
Fully 64bit - wait, I thought OSX was ALREADY 64bit - they've been advertising as such for a few years now. . . only it wasn't and they're only NOW going fully 64bit? Hmmm.

Safari 4 (which is causing some people issues, I guess) - but that's not OSX, that's a separate program (or should be, but the rules for MS/IE don't apply to Apple/Safari)

Exchange support - okay, that's good. Still - an OS revision for that? That's not really OS related, that is specific to several bundled software packages. . .

iChat, smaller install base, faster. . . you know, it sounds like it's nearly all "under the hood" - which it IS and THAT means it's a service pack. . .

So, Apple-tistas, you get to pay for what Windows-tistas get for FREE! This time, you REALLY get burned! Always before, you did have an argument that there's enough new stuff to count as an upgrade. . .

But this time. . .nope. You're stuck with a service pack that doesn't even really change the name and changes very little about the OS itself (that you can see). . . it's Leopard made smoother. . .made "snowier". . . It should be OS 10.5.1 - Leopard Fixed - hell, it should be Neutered Leopard! LOL (just kidding)

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