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Tiger Speculation


April 26, 2005 10:57 AM PST

Is a tiger release for PC on the way? At least one guy thinks so. This is not really a rumor, but more wishful speculation on his part.

Comments (8)
Paul, April 26, 2005 11:56 AM:


1. You can't just suprise the market with a new OS. You need to give developers time to port and update their applications. You need to give OEMs a chance to build and test new systems, as well as get their tech support staff trained. You've got to educate the selling channel.
2. An x86 Mac OS X wouldn't have any binaries (other than whatever Apple ported) since no one would be ready for it. This would be confusing in the market as consumers wonder which version of iWork they need.

Some of the problems could be taken care of with Fat binaries (one file that contains PowerPC and x86 executables) and / or emulation... Apple has done both in the past.

I guess as they move more into the consumer electronics market, this might be an approach. I still don't think that it will happen anytime soon.

Anyway, my Powerbook has really, really nice hardware compared to my old Toshiba laptop, and I'm not talking CPU speeds. Things like keyboard feel, solidness of construction, screen quality... all the little things add up. It's the same reason that TabletPCs look like crap: PC makers compete on price and feature lists, whereas Apple tends to spare no expense to provide overall quality. This is why their machines are expensive, and need to be compared against IBM ThinkPads, not HPs, Dells or Toshibas.

John, April 26, 2005 01:17 PM:

Yeah that guy is smoking something. But it is fun to think about.

John, April 27, 2005 01:05 AM:

Hmm another related tidbit, Paul Thurrott from Windows Super Site posts today in his blog from day two of WinHEC 2005, that he heard the following at lunch today and I quote: "This one's bizarre, but we heard at lunch today that Apple is unhappy with the PowerPC production at IBM and will be switching to Intel-compatible chips this very year. Yeah, seriously."

Paul, April 29, 2005 02:35 PM:

Good, detailed review from ArsTechica.

I'm going to buy it through Amazon since they have $35 off (and no sales tax).

John, April 29, 2005 11:07 PM:

Yeah I saw that review, it was pretty detailed.

George, April 29, 2005 11:54 PM:

John, did you see the quicktime player has variable speed pitch compensated playback?

Paul, April 30, 2005 12:13 AM:

Despite all the coolness in Mac OS X, they charge you $30 for QuickTime? I really don't understand that. How not to get your video player to become the default option: put up nag upgrade screens everytime the player launches.

I don't have a problem with paying for the Tiger upgrade even though I'm cheaping out and getting the Amazon or Fry's deal. I feel that by voting with my dollars, I'm doing my little bit to help keep alternative choices alive (I also paid for box versions of Red Hat 7-9). I still like, use and write code for Windows, but I'd love to be able to play with a new version of BeOS, for example. Choice is good, otherwise you end up with the IE disaster.

John, April 30, 2005 09:19 PM:

Yeah I also find that quick time thing very very strange. It seems pretty mean to try and get 30 more dollars from the loyal Mac users. I can understand them doing it to us PC types.

Yeah George I saw that. Pretty cool. Media player does that though so I guess they are just copying, 'he he'. Oh and media player will go full screen without charging you 30.00.

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