Flash analysis: Takeaways from Jobs keynote; 64-bit Leopard is big; Safari on Windows

Flash analysis: Takeaways from Jobs keynote; 64-bit Leopard is big; Safari on Windows

Summary: Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled a bevy of key items at his WWDC keynote. Here's what's important in order:This live coverage can be tracked in a few areas, but Engadget and MacRumors.

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled a bevy of key items at his WWDC keynote. Here's what's important in order:

This live coverage can be tracked in a few areas, but Engadget and MacRumors.com and News.com seem to have the best.

1. Safari on Windows: Jobs said Safari is coming to Windows. This is an interesting development and if Safari even comes close to the success of iTunes on Windows the browser race will be interesting again. Jobs claims that Safari is faster than both IE and Firefox. Biggest plus: The ability to drag tabs to their own window.

2. Safari + iPhone = developer kit: Jobs says Safari will be the engine used to develop iPhone apps. Very interesting move here. Apparently developers can start developing apps when the iPhone launches June 29. 3. Leopard's new look: Jobs keynote finally put Leopard to the fore. Leopard was basically given short shrift to get the iPhone out on time. Biggest move: Leopard is going 64-bit. That's a big move for a mainstream OS since others have been half stepping on the switch to 64-bit. Why can Leopard go 64-bit? It doesn't have to sweat all those reverse compatibility issues.

Among the key items for Leopard:

  • Developers outside of WWDC are screwed. No copies of Leopard for developers outside of WWDC.
  • Boot camp will be built in and run XP and Vista. Jobs noted that Boot Camp is a complement to Parallels and VMware;
  • A new finder;
  • Stacks that will use core animation to create new ways to view items, say a vacation folder or most recent items;
  • Dock is also updated;
  • Leopard has a new sidebar with search embedded;
  • Tiger OS X 10.4 has been a big success with 67 percent of Mac users on Tiger.
  • Leopard will come in one price--$129.

4. Games: The Apple is getting games back. Electronic Arts noted that it will offer key titles for the Mac, including Madden 08. More on this development will come at E3, but it's huge for mainstream adoption of the Apple platform and getting more Windows switchers on board. Gamers are a relatively small audience, but they buy PCs (and now maybe Macs) with all the frills.

5. Back to Mac: Broke this out as a Leopard feature. Apple appears to Back to Mac to better network other computers. It ties items together remotely. Most interesting item: Back to Mac knows IP addresses and hops over to other Macs on a network. It works with PCs too.

6. Widgets (lots of them): Jobs talked up Widgets and Safari. Is this just eye candy? It's great for developer relations though.

7. What wasn't said: No Google mention. No Eric Schmidt appearance. No .Mac overhaul. That'll teach us to pay attention to leaked transcripts translated from German. Perhaps Jobs is saving Google for another time, one in which it would be the only news of the day.

Topics: IT Employment, Apple, Hardware

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  • WOW!!!

    I'm supposed to pay $129 for this?

    Fully 64 bit: I can get that for free with Linux and Windows has been fully 64 bit for years now.

    Bootcamp: The ability to dual boot is now viewed as a [b]feature[/b]? HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! I guess sometimes we silly PC people take things like that for granted. I forgot that you Mac people have been severely restricted in what you are able to do.

    New sidebar: WOWOWOWOWOW!!!!

    Tiger OS X 10.4 has been a big success: I guess they ran out of things to announce for Leopard so they bring up the success of Tiger. That says a [b]lot[/b] about what they think of Leopard. [i]Buy Leopard because Tiger was so great![/i]

    You have to be drinking the mega-strength koolaid to fall for any of this stuff.
    NonZealot
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      frgough
      • Message has been deleted.

        NonZealot
        • OK, I'll bite...

          [i]I'm supposed to pay $129 for this?[/i]

          All the features of Vista Ultimate for 1/3 of the price. I think that's worth $129.

          [i]Fully 64 bit: I can get that for free with Linux and Windows has been fully 64 bit for years now.[/i]

          Yes, but 64-bit Windows does not play nicely with 32-bit drivers and/or all applications. Mac OS X is full 64-bit, but 32-bit software runs seemlessly alongside the 64-bit aspects. You don't need to download "special" 64-bit anything for OS X Tiger. That is why it is an improvement.

          [i]Bootcamp: The ability to dual boot is now viewed as a feature? HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! I guess sometimes we silly PC people take things like that for granted. I forgot that you Mac people have been severely restricted in what you are able to do.[/i]

          What in hell are you talking about? Dual Booting is not the feature, it's being able to [i]easily[/i] manage your OS partitions, installation, and setup from completely inside OS X. It's also completely integrated and intended to work with Parallels and VMWare. You can't do that with Windows or Linux, period. You have to repartition the HDD, install a boot loader, modify boot settings in Linux, modify boot settings in Windows (Windows won't boot without modifying the boot.ini file... zomg! It's changed partitions! Windows can't boot! :rolleyes: )

          Once again you've [i]completely[/i] missed the point.

          [i]New sidebar: WOWOWOWOWOW!!!![/i]

          Yes.

          [i]Tiger OS X 10.4 has been a big success: I guess they ran out of things to announce for Leopard so they bring up the success of Tiger. That says a lot about what they think of Leopard. Buy Leopard because Tiger was so great![/i]

          Tiger hasn't been released yet, this is a technology preview for developers. They're showing adoption trends of new OS X releases. This is important information for [i]developers[/i] who will be investing time and money in OS X Tiger. Knowing that 60% of their user-base will be moving to Tiger is a good thing.

          [i]You have to be drinking the mega-strength koolaid to fall for any of this stuff.[/i]

          You need to get back on your Ritalin.
          olePigeon
          • One mistake?

            You said it better than I did, because I didn't even know that 64bit Windows could run 32bit programs. However, I think you got a little confused in your comments about Tiger. Since Tiger is the current version of OSX installed on all new Macs. I think you merely mixed Tiger and Leopard up.
            7stringdude
          • Hmmmm

            Actually with Vista you can repartition a hard rive with ease. I have news for you, Boot Camp is a boot loader, it has to reconfigure the boot sequence so you can choose your OS. I.E. Bootloader. Tiger has been released, it is your current Mac OS, Leopard is the one that hasn't been released yet.
            jakenhauser
    • Message has been deleted.

      Intellihence
      • Sounds like you're the Zealot

        With 2.94 percent of the market, I wouldn't get to excited. I imagine Leopard will bring some converts. But I assure you Microsoft has nothing to fear. If Jobs would stop being a bone head and open the OS for standard PC's that might be cool. Why would I trade my perfectly good PC for Mac hardware that I would likely run Windows on anyway.
        jakenhauser
        • F.Y.I. APPLE is a hardware company !

          If they were to open up OS X to pc's , Apple would make no money . You want OS X , you buy a Mac . You want windows , you buy a Mac . You want Linux , you buy a Mac . If anything , let us not forget , that Microsoft isn't in the hardware business , APPLE is .
          Intellihence
      • Leopard Won't Dampen Vista

        The thing about Apple releasing a new OS is that the majority of people don't care. A lot of PC users don't even know what an operating system is, that they are using Windows, or that Macs have a different OS. The ones that do understand that Macs have a different OS but are using PCs aren't going to switch to a Mac just because of some new OS...to them, it's just another update for Mac users.

        Fact is, most Mac users don't even buy new upgrades from Mac. How many people are still using OS 9 or 10.2/10.3? They know that they will likely need to get a new machine to run it, so they just wait until they can afford a new machine entirely.

        Honestly, Vista's main competitor in the marketplace is XP. Of the people that are considering Vista, the only other option they are considering is sticking with XP.

        To end it off, I'm not a fanboy of any sorts. I own a Mac and I use it a lot and it's great. I also strongly recommend that more people get Macs because they're great for people that just surf the web, chat, get email, look through their photos, etc.
        Someguy2
        • Again you are dead wrong .

          First you stated , that Safari can't/won't run on Windows . Now you say that to use Leopard , you will have to buy a new machine . Where do you get your info from . I have 1 PowerMac G-3 that not only runs OS 8.6 but all versions of 9 and X . Again where do you get your ridiculous info .
          Intellihence
          • Common sense alone tells you that the ZFS

            file system will slow you down. Apple has been trying to get more processor horse power and can now even take 4GB of RAM on a macbook..i think. But a Mac laptop is still not of sufficient power to run ZFS w/o upgrading. Now that they finally have 64 bit, you'll probably want to go straight to it. <br>
            Other than that, the shots from WWDC looked like a Vista demo. Time machine..windows has had file versioning for years. Spotlight was a ripoff of Microsoft's announced plans for search. Apple had not announced nor implemented it before Microsoft's annoucement. Take away what you will....and several other "features" talked about today were either already on Vista, or they were about Windows functionality, on a Mac.
            <br>
            sorry zealot.
            xuniL_z
    • Fully 64bit?

      Windows hasn't been fully 64 bit for years.. There is a difference between developing
      FOR 64 bit and just COMPILING in 64bit.
      ju1ce
    • No koolaid needed

      It's just great software the just works. I don't think Windows has had any 64bit like
      Leopard.
      YinToYourYang-22527499
    • Windows isn't fully 64 bit.

      The Windows-64 APIs still use 32-bit words all over the place, because they need to remain compatible with Windows-32 applications running on the same machine. This is a common problem on operating systems that have "grown up" to 64 bit... the only commercial OS I have used that I would describe as "fully 32-bit" is Tru64 UNIX on the Alpha. None of the rest, including Solaris on 64-bit Sparc and HPUX on IA64, are truly 64-bit all the way through.

      Whether Leopard really is 64-bit top to bottom, I don't know, but the fact is... Vista isn't.
      Resuna
    • bootcamp not required

      bootcamp makes it easy... but it isnt required.. you can dual boot with Linux, or even
      Windows without needing bootcamp... though the bootcamp packed Windows drivers
      sure come in handy afterwards.

      Leopard has a few new features you can see, most are the the backend for developers.
      Some that you can see are not new features, they are just updated in small ways.
      doh123
    • WOW...?

      i think you have never used mac and its software...! its 32bit is far better than 64 bit windows... some thing you need to try it to love.... And windos Wooooooooooooow feature WoW to it. we have better than that in Mac....
      crispyila
  • Been there, done that...

    It is obvious Leopard is just stealing from Microsoft. Rumors of Leopard using ZFS also prove that Apple cannot compete with NTFS on the merits and is now forced to use non-enterprise technologies from OpenSolaris. This Leopard is just a poacher on the Vista eco-system. The entire *pod culture is just collapsing under the pressure from Zune, Vista and the new Windows enabled kitchen tables.
    Mike Cox
    • ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      You stated that entire iPOD culture is collapsing from the ZUNE . That is the biggest laugh I've heard all month . C'mon Mike , you can do better than that . I give you a two thumbs down dork . Go back to your rep and tell em that Intellihence told you to shut up . So STFU .
      Intellihence
    • How to grade this one . . .

      I [u]was[/u] going to give you a 5 for that one, but Intellhence (or whatever) bit, so I'm gonna give you a 9 for landing someone who should know better . . . ;)
      JLHenry