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“iPod success paves the way for Mac OS X on X86”

“This is all very interesting, but I believe analysts and others are missing the big picture: iPod success paves the way for Mac OS X on X86. People have argued for years for and against the release of Mac OS X on Intel (and AMD) commodity hardware, but Apple derives such a large portion of its revenue from hardware that doing so could potentially damage the company beyond repair. But, what if Apple replaces that lost Mac hardware revenue with iPod revenue?

Steve Jobs would then be free to drop what amounts to a hydrogen bomb on Microsoft. Mac OS X that runs on “regular” off-the-shelf x86 hardware. Or partner with a Sony, for example - to insure quality. Years before “Longhorn” even comes close to shipping. Moo.”

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1

DERP! I’M DUMB!

Posted by SteveJack on March 4, 2004 at 11:22 AM (CST)

2

For the Windows users who are about to say “yeah!  I want OS X on x86,” remember this: every developer making OS X software would have to recompile and rewrite code to make it compatible.

On top of that, Apple is and always has been a hardware company.  This could potentially kill their business, and then you wouldn’t see OS X for ANY platform.

Posted by Commodus on March 4, 2004 at 11:37 AM (CST)

3

I disagree, die-hard apple fans will keep buying the apple hardware. And even today only die-hard apple fans buy the hardware, there would be no change…

But all the i* software sales for x86 customers would be all extra revenue for apple. All those developers for OS X would happily recompile their code (they do that on every release anyway) for the customer base that just expanded about 9500%...

In my opinion the profit on OS X sales (including the i* apps) would dwarf the profits made off on ipod sales.

Posted by pbox on March 4, 2004 at 11:45 AM (CST)

4

I think Mac OS X will only be ported to x86 when Steve Jobs sees that there’s no life in it and moves on to the Next Big Thing.

“If I were running Apple, I would milk the Macintosh for all it’s worth… and get busy on the next great thing. The PC wars are over. Done. Microsoft won a long time ago.”—Steve Jobs in Fortune Magazine, 1996

Posted by dfd on March 4, 2004 at 11:55 AM (CST)

5

WORST thing that can happen to a company is JUST 7 WORDS:
“because we always did it that way”

Posted by elWilly on March 4, 2004 at 12:34 PM (CST)

6

As all mac users will testify and all microsoft users will no doubt protest it is very hard to mess up a mac, mines only crashed once and even that was due to a problem with a creative mp3 player (not mine honest!). The point is that apple are the only major manufacturer to make their computers and their OS, this basically means that they know EXACTLY how their software will be run by the hardware and can optimise one to benifit the other. Why should apple bother releasing osx on a pc when it might crash or have incompatibility problems thus losing its almost unblemished reputation (compared to microsoft anyway) in the process?

Posted by meatmcguffin on March 4, 2004 at 12:37 PM (CST)

7

Well I wouldnt mind running a dual boost with OS X on my pc. hehehe

Posted by Art on March 4, 2004 at 1:11 PM (CST)

8

Here we go again, every 6 months or so someone comes around and revives this riumor. Well,you want OS X?  Then buy a Mac.  That’s what I did about a year ago, and I couldnt be happier. Listen, Hell froze over once already (e.g. iTunes for Windows), and chances are it won’t happen again; certainly not in the form of OS X on X86 hardware.  It would be a sensless decision on so many levels.

Posted by jcs on March 4, 2004 at 1:55 PM (CST)

9

This is so stupid.

Putting OSX into a PC is like putting fine wine into a beer can. You can have the best operating system in the world, but it won’t do a thing if the hardware can’t back it up.

Lets pray this never, EVER happens.

Posted by narco in Burbank on March 4, 2004 at 2:09 PM (CST)

10

x86 users do not deserve OSX. Period.

Posted by Aaron Miller on March 4, 2004 at 2:22 PM (CST)

11

More like putting a fine wine in a liquor bottle.  The Liquor would certainly get its job done faster.

Posted by Stephen on March 4, 2004 at 2:32 PM (CST)

12

fine wine in a cheap can is much better than cheap beer in a cheap can.

Posted by coleco on March 4, 2004 at 3:10 PM (CST)

13

to continue the metaphor ...

Why would any vintner of fine wines ever want to put their wine in someone else’s cheap can? You can’t have a fine wine without the proper bottle.

Posted by finelinebob on March 4, 2004 at 3:35 PM (CST)

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x86 do deserve OS X. It’s inhuman to deny them!

The answer to that, though, is simply a headless eMac. Bring the entry price down be letting them keep their old display.

OS X on Intel would be VERY costly support nightmare for Apple. The key that makes Macs such a great solution is that the hardware AND OS were designed together by the same company. Separating them wouldn’t be the same.

Posted by Nagromme on March 4, 2004 at 4:31 PM (CST)

15

X86 people can have OSX if they want - only it’s called BSD.

OSX is nothing but BSD with a tarty shell.

Personally, I prefer Knoppix.

Posted by BSD on March 4, 2004 at 4:34 PM (CST)

16

When will these mentally inept fools stop prodding Apple to bring OS X to a PC platform? Did you not pay attention to the last 20 years of the computer industry? The PC platform is a barren landscape of screwups, shotty protocols, a lack of Q&A, greed and god awful software and hardware engineering. It’s an utter joke. If you want OS X, stop spending all that money on customer support calls and buy a Mac. Period, end of story. Get over it.

Posted by bedoughty on March 4, 2004 at 5:13 PM (CST)

17

Yes, Long life to the Mac, (I

Posted by osmac on March 4, 2004 at 5:35 PM (CST)

18

Not to be mean but what about all the legacy protocols mac took in?

scsi—-zip??

come on pc hardware is fine

Posted by areyouserioius on March 4, 2004 at 5:48 PM (CST)

19

Apple zealots who think Apple created everything since the Big Bang don’t know much:

I look at the technologies in today’s Macs and I see:

PCI - Intel
AGP - Intel
USB - Intel
ATA Hard Disk - Intel
DDRAM - AMD
3D GFX - Radeon and NVidia
Firewire - Apple
Mouse - Xerox
GUI - Xerox
PowerPC CPU - IBM/Motorola
Airport/WiFi - IEEE/Texas Instruments
Bluetooth - Ericsson/Intel/Nokia/IBM/Toshiba
CD-ROM - Sony/Philips
DVD-ROM - Philips/Sony/Matsushita/Toshiba
Ethernet - 3Com

So there you have it. Apart from the Firewire port, pretty much everything in the Mac was not invented at or by Apple.

People who talk crap about the PC as “a barren landscape of screwups” have, I suspect, very little knowledge of how IT works.

Posted by mac hardware on March 4, 2004 at 6:03 PM (CST)

20

No one said that Apple “created” or “invented” those technologies.  What was said is that they are the ones that put the hardware together and pair it with OSX, therefore making a seamless and the most stable setup aroud.  And PCs sure do screw up a lot.

Posted by WRONG! on March 4, 2004 at 6:22 PM (CST)

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