Analyst: Apple Remote Desktop 3 release ‘shows that there’s a lot going on at Apple besides iPods’

“Apple Computer today revealed a new version of Apple Remote Desktop, the company’s software for managing networked Mac OS X systems. Apple Remote Desktop 3 is designed to work with Intel-based Macs and has more than 50 new features the company said would improve software distribution, asset management and remote assistance. ‘It’s an upgrade of a very popular utility,’ said Jupiter Research analyst Michael Gartenberg. “Most importantly, it shows that there’s a lot going on at Apple besides iPods.’ Improvements to the third-generation desktop management software include faster ‘Spotlight’ searches across multiple OS X Tiger systems, over 30 ‘Automator’ actions for easily automating repetitive system administration tasks; and ‘AutoInstall,’ for installing software automatically on mobile systems when they return online,” Maya Roney reports for Forbes.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Shows whom, exactly? People who aren’t remotely familiar with Apple Computer, we assume. Like Wall Street analysts, for example. Gartenberg generally seems to know what’s going on with Apple, but his “most importantly…” comment is most idiotic. A little thing called “Boot Camp” with its full page dissections in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and hundreds of other major outlets, did a bit more “showing that there’s a lot going on at Apple besides iPods” than the release of ARD 3. Showing that “there’s a lot going on at Apple besides iPods” is certainly not the most important aspect of ARD 3’s release. Sheesh.

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Apple introduces Apple Remote Desktop 3; now optimized for Intel-based Macs – April 11, 2006


  1. “Very popular utility” What is this guy smoking?

    I use ARD because I manage 144 Macs in a university setting. It is popular with me and maybe a dozen other sys admins on our campus. That’s it. Average Mac user never heard of it, and has no use for it. Especially at $299 price point (academic).

    Shows how much ANALysts know on subject they are supposed to know.

    Sheesh indeed.

    MDN MW: ‘greater’, as in ‘greater understanding desirable’

  2. ARD is good, but one must use a Ethernet network for maximum speed.

    Good thing my Quad has a extra Ethernet port, makes remote controlling so much eaiser.

    Now only if we could afford those zero latency networking cards used by “Big Mac”, then there won’t be so much of a graphics lag like there is under Ethernet.

    Ho mum.

  3. I believe what he might be pointing at is that ARD may finally be gaining the horsepower that corporate IT needs to support a large number of Macs. My company is still relatively small (around 60 people) and we recently had to move my department to a satellite office. Without “remote desktop” support in Windows, the IT people (all 2 of them) would hardly pay attention to us … it’s just so HARD to make the trip down from 23rd and Park to Union Square here in NYC after all. It’s hard enough to get some IT support people to change floors to support a user. So, if ARD is showing the muscle needed to support enterprise-level usage, then all the nay-sayers here are missing the boat.

    People bitch and whine about how Apple will never make it in enterprise because IT won’t support it. Boot Camp may win over individual users, but the combination of Unix-based XServes, XServe RAIDs and now ARD (particularly if it ties into any virtualization Leopard introduces) can start turning IT heads.

  4. I always though an ARD situation for a two seat license would be great. That way, those of us who have parents who use Macs could help them get past any issues their having without relying on them to describe what they are doing on the screen.

  5. Grammar correction, MDN. It’s “says who,” not “says whom.” Whom can only be a direct object. If you switch it around, you get “who says,” much like you would say “he says” or “she says,” instead of “him says” or “her says.” Please take not and delete this post when you do.

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  6. Nice bomb Misha.

    I use Remote Desktop at work to install updates/apps on our Mac systems. I can also watch how someone uses an app to make suggestions on better ways to do it, especially in PhotoShop. Also run Unix commands for crons to all users.

    This works great for me because I can do this one time and not have to go from room to room, or cubicle to cubicle to do updates or install apps. We are a small creative company. You don’t have to be big to know about this app.

  7. Dear Steve:

    Please offer a “consumer” version of ARD (limited number of connections, etc…) like MS does, even build it into the OS. I would love to have ARD for my four Macs at home, but don’t want to drop a couple hundred bucks.

  8. If Apple added this app for free like MIcrosoft does with Remote Desktop Connection (I know Apple’s ad does not, but that is not my point read on), parents could check up on their kids while they are supposedly doing research online to make sure they are not playing online games or chatting with their friends.

  9. I don’t think that ARD3 and Boot Camp released one after the other is a coincidence. Boot Camp can get a few small business IT to adopt Apple hardware. ARD3 will make it effortless. I’m pretty sure Apple is planning a full assault on the corporate sector.

  10. I suspect these guys running Mac Daily News own apple shares and they do anything to boost its price so they can sell it high.

    or maybe they just give their readers what they want to hear rather than being honest.

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