Apple patent application describes Intel-based Macs that run Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows

“Here’s some new ammunition for those who think Apple’s move to Intel processors is about building computers that can run both Mac and Windows applications,” Sandy McMurray writes for Corante. “Apple’s U.S. patent application 0050246554 (‘System and method for creating tamper-resistant code’) describes scenarios in which the user would choose a ‘first operating system’ and a ‘second operating system’ from a set that includes Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, and Linux. There’s also mention of a virtual machine, and the option to choose between ‘Macintosh computer’ and ‘Windows PC.'”

McMurray writes, “When Windows Vista ships, Microsoft will encourage users to upgrade. Many home computers will be unable to meet Vista’s minimum system requirements… Apple has more than a year to come up with a competitively priced computer capable of running both Mac and Windows applications. It could run both systems at once, or — as the patent seems to suggest — run one system natively and the other in a virtual machine… Michael Dell should be concerned. So should HP, Gateway, Lenovo/IBM, and every other Windows PC maker. Apple controls OS X, and does not license it to others. Therefore, only Apple can build a personal computer capable of running Windows and Mac OS X.”

Full article here.

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MacDailyNews Note: Following Apple CEO Steve Jobs announcement of the transition from PowerPC to Intel-based Macs, CNET’s Ina Fried reported:

After Jobs’ presentation, Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller addressed the issue of running Windows on Macs, saying there are no plans to sell or support Windows on an Intel-based Mac. “That doesn’t preclude someone from running it on a Mac. They probably will,” he said. “We won’t do anything to preclude that.” However, Schiller said the company does not plan to let people run Mac OS X on other computer makers’ hardware. “We will not allow running Mac OS X on anything other than an Apple Mac,” he said. Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: See our “take” in the article, How Apple can win the OS war.

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75 Comments

  1. Steve Jobs is going to eat Bill Gates alive. Wait until the Leopard Servers hit the street capable of running Exchange….the Xserves are already monsters…Once they hit and can run OS X, Vista, or Linux…why would anyone in their right mind buy a machine that can only run one?

  2. I hope the Mac OSX that ships on the MacTels gets cracked ASAP. Apple as an even bigger monopolist doesn’t sit will with me.

    If Apple were to bring aboard a couple of first-tier retailers, I’d be more at ease with their huge successes. But I envision a company that wants complete control over your use of their products, a company that wants to dig their hooks in to you so in the future you can purchase nothing but their products (the manner they employ DRM).

    Do you fellow Mac users feel comfortable with Apple being an even bigger, controlling monopolist?

  3. I hope the Mac OSX that ships on the MacTels gets cracked ASAP. Apple as an even bigger monopolist doesn’t sit will with me.

    If Apple were to bring aboard a couple of first-tier retailers, I’d be more at ease with their huge successes. But I envision a company that wants complete control over your use of their products, a company that wants to dig their hooks in to you so in the future you can purchase nothing but their products (the manner they employ DRM).

    Do you fellow Mac users feel comfortable with Apple being an even bigger, controlling monopolist?

  4. I hope the Mac OSX that ships on the MacTels gets cracked ASAP. Apple as an even bigger monopolist doesn’t sit will with me.

    If Apple were to bring aboard a couple of first-tier retailers, I’d be more at ease with their huge successes. But I envision a company that wants complete control over your use of their products, a company that wants to dig their hooks in to you so in the future you can purchase nothing but their products (the manner they employ DRM).

    Do you fellow Mac users feel comfortable with Apple being an even bigger, controlling monopolist?

  5. The ultimate irony … Windows is safer on a Mac … M$ can still sell more copies of Windows so they will be resistant to prevent it.

    The PC makers are the ones who are going to suffer … they will already face competition in the low end from the next generation of game consoles that have basic capabilities …

    2006 is going to be very interesting indeed.

  6. Sorry PR, how does that beat big Bill? He’ll still sell Exchange and Vista. It’s the PC hardware manufactures that take the first hit. And later big Bill when people start choosing OSX as their number one and never upgrade Windows again.

  7. I think leopard will have some amazing capablities to run windows programs; a rosetta stone for Windows applications. I think it is a possiblity that the Apple kids said they wouldn’t promote Windows on their machines because they wouldn’t have to. It would have the built in capablity to run Windows applications without opening Windows. I say this in a hopeful manner, and I won’t be dissapointed when I see other wise. I still don’t think I’ll buy any Windows applications.

    To: Mac & PC Guy

    I don’t worry about Apple becoming monopolistic because they focus on making quality & inovative products. Perhaps a stronghold on the computer industry would cause them to become complacent, but I don’t think they will slip untill Steve Jobs retires. To me he seems to enjoy making fantasic new products that are easy to use, and I don’t think he cares about money as much as people think. He might have a personal grudge towards Microsoft that drives him to eat up their market share but I think that is driven by a bitterness that the computer world isn’t were it could be. If everything worked as well as Macs do together there would be a lot more money for inovative technologies to compete with Apple. Less tech support, less virus support, and a higher standard of quality. I’ll stop sharing my visions of grander now.

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