Hopes High for Macworld

This week, the Macworld Conference and Expo returns to San Francisco, and, for the first time since the 2002 show in which Apple's pre-show boast of, "Beyond the rumor sites. Way beyond" turned out to refer to a flat-panel iMac, I'm feeling excited about the announcements that the Black Mock-Turtlenecked One might hand down in his annual Expo keynote.

It's not that I expect Apple to confirm my June 2005 prediction that the firm would unbind OS X from Apple-only hardware and take on Microsoft in earnest in the client and server operating system space. While such an announcement would certainly be exciting, it seems that Apple's 2007 iPhone success has confirmed the belief of Steve and Co. that as long your hardware is sufficiently insanely great, you don't have to play by the same rules as rest of the computer OEM crowd.

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GreyWolfSC said,
Attention Apple: I will buy your OS if you sell it stand-alone. :)

For sure, apple will get into trouble if it sells it in stand-alone...because with probabilty there are thousands of devices which are used by millions of customer day-to-day...and apple first need an good database of all those hardware vendors in hand & supply good driver compatible with OSX.

I am sure none of the devices i hold except my harddrive will work with OSX.

Bluetooth dongle, my cable modem, wireless router, tvtuner card etc...and behind all these why i need OSX in my system & should i reboot to vista or XP if i need to work on my softwares? (vs.net, my accounting software, halo game, aoe, need for speed, war of conflict etc etc..

id like OSX on my PC without it being uber slow. is that possible? probably not. besides apple would have to spend lot of time looking up and writing drivers for the tons of hardware out there. or maybe for a specific brand? like maybe they could write up drivers for a line of computers from say HP or something.

I think that's one of the things a lot of people don't understand when they look at Apple: They don't need to sell their OS seperately, and they make too much of their revenue from hardware sales to basically give it up. They also wouldn't want to try supporting all the hardware out there, and they definitely don't want to wait for manufacturers to have to include their drivers with their hardware and make OS X drivers the same hassle as Windows drivers.

+1

Apple doesn't have the capabilities to write drivers for and support the hardware database that Microsoft currently can.

And OS X is a (the?) major selling point for its profitable hardware...

icec said,
+1

Apple doesn't have the capabilities to write drivers for and support the hardware database that Microsoft currently can.

And OS X is a (the?) major selling point for its profitable hardware...

Microsoft only writes drivers for their own hardware. All the rest come from the original manufacturers of the hardware in question.

Attention: Apple will *not* make OSX for PCs.
They make their cash off the Hardware and would lose loads if they didn't.
OSX wouldn't be as stable, would get driver issues, increased malware and horrible WGA-like features.

Mac only OSX forever!

Heh..
Guess it is OSX86+EFI patch For The Win then. :D

Well, I am wondering if all those rumors with the new macs and stuff will actually be true.

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