The Age: Apple innovates with ‘impressive speed’ while Wintel stagnates

Garry Barker, for The Age, writes, “If a single sign points to the transformation of Apple, it is the speed with which it innovates and develops industry-changing products. Thus we have the flat-panel iMac, still by far the most remarkable personal computer to go into volume production, the iPod, Airport, FireWire, iMovie and much else, not forgetting the operating system, Mac OS X.”

Barker continues, “Name me a computer maker in the Wintel world that does a tenth of that, or any of it. The biggest recent “innovation” by Dell, biggest of the PC makers, has been to begin marketing printers; not their own, but rebadged Lexmark machines. The speed with which Apple rolls out its products is impressive, not least the development of its BSD Unix-based operating system, Mac OS X, now enjoying its second birthday and about to re-emerge in its third full incarnation, OS X 10.3, otherwise known as Panther,”

Barker close with a quick look at PowerPC 970 (G5) rumors (“running at close to 3GHz”), Apple Java 1.4.1 Update, and Safari browser. Full article here.


  1. That’s the second time in the last week I’ve seen a journalist talk about the jungle theme, but I always thought Safari was in reference to “Surfin’ Safari”.

  2. Feel’n a bit cheeky, so I thought I’d write… These terms are not restricted to Africa:

    safari: an overland journey by hunters (especially in Africa). *But not necessarily in Africa.

    jaguar: large feline mammal (Panthera onca) of Central and South America, closely related to the leopard and having a tawny coat spotted with black rosettes.

    panther: large North and South American carnivore (Felis concolor), found from Canada to Patagonia, especially among the mountains. Its color is tawny, or brownish yellow, without spots or stripes. Called also catamount, cougar, American lion, and mountain lion.

    Toronto, Canada

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