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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 inighthawki on 6/9/2009 5:39:37 PM , Rating: 5
I see Win7 as a OSX killer; I really believe it is that good. Just so long as spyware, viruses, trojans, BHOs and browser hijacks are kept under control.

TBH, this day and age, the only way to really get any of that junk is to download it yourself and install it personally, especially with vista. XP SP2 is very secure, and vista far more than that. As of vista, there really isn't much need for an antivirus at all unless you like to click banner ads and download "codecs" to watch porn...

People are just still paranoid, part of this is due to apple's ads saying that windows is very insecure and gets a lot of viruses, when in reality the average user probably won't run into one in a VERY long time, if ever.

RE: Cost
By Kary on 6/10/2009 12:28:20 PM , Rating: 3
As of vista, there really isn't much need for an antivirus at all unless you like to click banner ads and download "codecs" to watch porn...

I thought so to, unfortunately my sister, within 2 days of getting a new PC proved me wrong by installing a Note/Calendar program that had about 15 of it's buddies tagging along that infested her brand new PC (and she promptly blamed it on her kids...after telling me she was the one who installed it to keep track of things).

As for a Mac, if they are completely immune to such attacks then it is probably for the same reason my 8086 is immune to all such just isn't capable of running software.

PCs really REALLY do need to work on security, though.
1.Windows should track installs instead of trusting the programs installer to track them and WINDOWS should be in charge of making sure the program is completely removed instead of trusting the program to take care of undoing itself.
2.Which Codec is used for what needs to be more transparent.
3.DLL files should only be allowed to load when that program loads.
4.... (saddly, the list goes on)

I'm not for Macs, but there is still lots of room for improvement on PCs (and Macs)

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