“Apple’s iPods ship with virtually nothing on them,” Richard Edwards writes for The Butler Group. “What a waste of space!”
Here’s what Apple should do:
1. Follow Novell’s example and build a 60-day evaluation version of an OS X virtual machine that will execute and perform well on Intel’s latest chips.
2. Stick the virtual machine (along with the VMware Player) on every iPod with enough storage.
3. License HP to build MacPCs ready for the big rush.
4. Offer Windows XP users a discount voucher to purchase the full virtual Mac software.
5. Sell more iPods.
6. Sit back and count the money.
Full article here.
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iPod’s empty drives could be used more efficiently for promotion and software distribution, that’s a fact. But, why would Apple want to attempt to support all of the Wintel box assemblers’ and peripheral makers’ hardware variations in the world? It would be a mess. Like Windows.
That’s not the sort of first impression Apple would want to give the world about the Mac.
We still think Apple will eventually do something that allows Windows to run on Intel-based Macs – preferably in a protected “box” within Mac OS X. Think Virtual PC in reverse, but with both operating systems running natively on x86, instead of one running with dog-slow emulation. As an added bonus, before users realize they don’t need Windows, at least they’ll be able to run it more safely, as it’ll be better-protected by Apple’s Mac OS X. As we asked via headline in June, “Why buy a Dell when Apple ‘Macintel’ computers will run both Mac OS X and Windows?” For more detail, read our “Take” from “How Apple can win the OS war” from last Wednesday.
How Apple can win the OS war – October 19, 2005
Intel’s built-in virtualization tech could be one way to run Windows on Intel-based Apple Macs
Intel-based Macs running both Mac OS X and Windows will be good for Apple – June 10, 2005
Why buy a Dell when Apple ‘Macintel’ computers will run both Mac OS X and Windows? – June 08, 2005
Windows users who try Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger might not want to go back – June 07, 2005
Microsoft: The safest way to run Windows is on your Mac – October 08, 2004