I am watching the Apple keynote address at the WWDC 2008. The new iPhone features look sweet. Nice! Apple also announced that Mac OS X 10.6 is to come out in mid-2009. Wow. Leopard (10.5) just came out in October 2007, and I am using that right now. They seem determined to release yet another OS version before Microsoft can get Windows 7 to the market. Word has it that Apple is dropping PowerPC chip support in 10.6, and will continue developing with only a 100% Intel multi-core processing structure. Today, they are coding both platforms at once, to keep the old chipset alive for users who bought before Apple went all-Intel a couple of years ago. They probably want to cut that cord.
The following is my advice to Apple: Apple is riding so high today, with both the iPod and iPhone’s superstar product status. Considering that Apple and Intel are now all hugs and kisses, I would like Apple to turn the Mac OS loose for anyone to use on any Intel platform. Once 10.6 is ironed out, they could throw down the gauntlet to Microsoft and take Windows head on with the PC desktop market. The top exes at Dell have even said that they would sell the Mac OS to buyers, if Apple agreed with fair terms.
Considering my own Mac Mini is “Intel Inside”, I feel like anyone should be able to run it. Why does Apple want to fight it? Apple’s computers will still sell on their own awesome design merits. Still, I don’t think they’ll do it. Perhaps they suspect that Microsoft would yank their long-term commitment to future Mac versions of Office if they did this drastic maneuver. Who knows.