“There has been a lot of grumbling in the Apple fan base that questions the decision to migrate to the Intel platform, but could Steve Jobs have a secret weapon up his sleeves to double Apple’s market share in the desktop computing market? There may very well be and it’s Apple’s exclusive license to run on the x86 platform,” George Ou blogs for ZDNet. “When I speak of virtualization, …I’m speaking of the type of virtualization that’s never been available to Apple before but is now because of the new Intel CPUs. The new form of emulation is a thin translation layer that minimizes resource overhead and there are many possibilities… ultimately, perhaps the final goal of Apple is to support true hardware partitioning through paravirtualization.”
To accomplish paravirtualization, “Intel would have to release new Core Duo CPUs that have VT support which is likely in the near future. Apple would have to implement a BIOS compatibility layer for EFI to support bare-metal installation of Windows that only support the conventional BIOS although this is currently just speculation. If these requirements are ever met, you’ll be able to run [and] install multiple operating systems such as Mac OS X for Intel, Windows, Linux, or BSD directly on to the raw [Mac] hardware,” Ou explains.
“The implication of all this is that Apple will be the only companies licensed to run Mac OS X, Windows, and other common x86 operating systems in the world since no one else is licensed to run Mac OS X. This would open the possibility of using Macs for PC gaming or any other Windows application that traditionally wouldn’t run at all or didn’t run well on PowerPC Macintosh PC emulators,” Ou writes. “All the borderline cases where people aren’t sure about a Macintosh because of their requirements for Windows applications and games will all of sudden be more willing to accept the Mac. If Steve Jobs plays his cards right and delivers true paravirtualization, Apple may indeed double its market share.”
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MacDailyNews Take: If Apple Macs could run Windows applications without Windows (best case), or run Windows at near native speed on Intel in a protected environment similarly to how VirtualPC operates on PowerPC today, or dual-boot Windows at worst, it could significantly increase Apple’s Mac market share as it will open whole new industries to the Mac, for just one example: Architecture (AutoCAD). Apple could be closing in on the goal of the ultimate personal computer: run any application you need, regardless of platform, at usable speeds.
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