Apple makes a push for more marketshare with Intel's help
January 9, 2006 10:30 AM
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Apples stands to benefit in the areas of motherboard and processor design.
Apple's switch to Intel will finally give the Cupertino company a
comparable processor platform
to the big name PC OEMs on both desktop and notebook machines. Apple notebooks have long had the looks to wow consumers, but their performance was really nothing to brag aboout when compared to PC notebooks. Apple could also benefit in other areas of development if the rumors of Intel's decision to design Mac motherboards become reality. The move to Intel is expected to boost Apple's worldwide marketshare from roughly 3% of the computer market to 6% by the end of 2007.
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RE: hmm i think its incomplete
1/9/2006 2:17:47 PM
going to increase market share, for one reason: dual and triple boot capability. Apple are not stopping people from running Windows (or their favourite *nix) on x86 Macs. What they
doing is adding stuff to their boards and 'locking' OSX so that it
runs on Apple hardware. Sure, there'll be crackers out there bypassing Apple's protections. Not an issue, really. But for the new box buyers, this dual-boot feature is a BIG plus, especially with Windows' bad reputation for security.
(Do remember, though, that the people who read forums such as these are geeks and tech-dweebs, and whilst we run the internet, we're a minority ... 85% of computer users, irrespective of platform, are sheeple who treat their machines like a toaster or a VCR. Apple knows this, which is why they're not at all worried.)
And then there's Microsoft. VirtualPC is being re-jigged to provide some
tight integration with the OSX shell. This will mean you can scatter your apps anywhere, open a Win32 icon and you'll see OSX-ified XP-style windows for the app, with the rest of OSX ticking away happily. Dare I say, the new VitualPC will mean that Windows XP will become the new 'Classic' environment for Mac OS X!
There's one thing I can forsee happening: Apple will eventually release a 'teaser' version of Mac OS X that will boot on any generic, sufficiently-powerful Intel or AMD machine, based around the 10.4.5 kernel. This will be sold for next-to-nothing (possibly even free, if CoreOS have their way) and be used to lure disgruntled Windows users into the Apple camp.
Interesting times ahead!
RE: hmm i think its incomplete
1/10/2006 12:40:56 PM
I think thats a good point on something you could do with an apple pc but i think your point is kind of contradicted. You say that most people treat their pc's as general appliances then you go to say that they will increase market share with dual boot systems. Do you think those people who don't know anything about computers are going to dual/triple boot their systems? Are you going to pay a lot more for your hardware so that you can boot the apple os?
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