Thursday, April 06, 2006

MAC take the Apple to Windows.

I was reading The New York Times today and on the front cover they say that Apple has created a platform for it's intel powered machines which allow you to run on Windows or OSX. You will need to shut down to change between the two, but at least it is a point of difference. Hopefully this will allow Apple to increase it's share of the Personal Computer market from the 5% they are currently on.Apples stock also went up 10% on the news. If you have an intel based Mac, download "Boot Camp" for free from the Apple site.

10 comments:

Aaron Bhatnagar said...

Just think, every single kid who whines that the latest games won't work on his or her mac can now shut up. Every person who has spent thousands on special software related to their business can migrate to a mac and know that they can still use special legacy software.

Graphics professionals can go out any buy the latest professional macs when they start using Intel, knowing they can use a Windows version of Photoshop or CS Design until the optimised Mac version is ready.

Rob Good said...

And I can get an Apple lap top.

Aaron Bhatnagar said...

do it now.

TonyC said...

Pardon my ignorance, but does that mean that all the usual suspects -- trojans, viruses, and other unwelcome gate-crashers will once again be a worry?

Rob Good said...

It is meant to be a ghost system, therefore I am not sure that that will happen?

Aaron Bhatnagar said...

Tony, yes. It is a 100% windows environment that you boot into when you select that you want to choose Windows when the machine is turned on. So along with the games, you get the viruses too. Hence why it will appeal to some, but why I will probably never bother installing it when I get an intel based Mac in the future.

TonyC said...

Thanks Aaron. I installed a personal firewall, and from doing nothing more than going to familiar sites, it has been blocking vermin after vermin. This is getting insane -- going into the 'net is now like backing out of your gate in Joburg, you could get mugged locking up without even going anywhere. My next computer is definitely gonna be a Mac, I'm eyeing a Mac Mini. To think that they're wanting to make appliances connected to the 'net. WHY??? Come home and find your ice cream boiling in the freezer due to a Trojan.

Aaron Bhatnagar said...

Heh - well, they will be if you are relying on the same old vulnerabilities in Windows.

The interesting thing about the Macs running Windows is that they appear to be even faster than most PCs running equivalent Intel chips and Windows. The reason being that Apple tend to put in the higher spec equipment like faster RAM and/or video cards compared to the Dells and HPs out there.

The nice thing about the Mac Mini is that you can keep all your old PC hardware like monitor, keyboard, mouse and just buy the Mini. Remember, its not just the hardware that makes the Mac great, but bundled software like the iLife suit with several high quality digital content tools like DVD makers, Movie makers, music making programs etc.

If you like your games that much, Playstation or Xbox is probably the best way to play them, since all the games are designed to run perfectly on the specs of the box, as opposed to constantly upgrading for PCs.

Rob Good said...

Grand Turismo 4 on Playstation is one of the better ones out there....

Still having the ability to have windows on the MAC in the new format is great. Especially when not any of the real estate equipment run on the MAC to date.

Aaron Bhatnagar said...

Exactly. Own a Mac laptop. Take it to work, boot it into Windows for your database apps and tools, take the laptop home and boot into Mac OS X to run your iLife, Safari and other cool apps free from a virused environment.