Apple executes smooth transition to Intel-powered Macs

“As well as the transition to Intel chips has gone, a few issues remain. Chief among them is the arrival of Boot Camp, beta software from Apple that lets Intel-based Mac owners install and run Windows on their machines. Apple plans to integrate Boot Camp into OS X 10.5, but has been mum on the details,” Jim Dalrymple writes for Macworld.

“Boot Camp isn’t the only avenue for Intel-based Mac owners to run Windows on their computer. Parallels has released Parallels Desktop, a virtualization software that allows users to simultaneously run OS X and Windows (something Boot Camp can’t do),” Dalrymple writes.

Dalrymple writes, “The ability to easily run Windows on Intel-based Mac hardware poses a dilemma for some developers. If users can switch over to a Windows environment on their Macs, software makers worry that they could be squeezed out in favor of Windows-native offerings.”

Dalrymple writes, “Analysts believe Mac developers have little reason to worry. For one thing, it doesn’t make economic sense to buy a Mac to specifically run Windows. And analysts also contend that Mac OS X is ahead of Windows as an operating system. ‘Apple is very willing to entertain the comparison [between the Mac and Windows] because they clearly believe they will come out favorably in that comparison,’ said Van Baker, vice president of research at IT-research firm Gartner. ‘I’m inclined to agree with them—OS X is fast and stable. Most of the features we are going to see in [Windows] Vista have been in OS X for quite some time.'”

Dalrymple writes, “Regardless of how Boot Camp is implemented in Mac OS X Leopard, developers like [John Casasanta of Inventive Software] aren’t going anywhere. ‘We are Mac only and that’s it,’ said Casasanta. ‘There is plenty of business to be had in this market. From a business point of view and from the point of view of what I love doing there are a lot of avenues to prosper as a Macintosh developer.'”

Full article here.

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27 Comments

  1. I agree with John Casasanta however the most important software players aren’t Mac only shops. That is where I get a little worried. Hopefully all of these guys will continue Mac support.

  2. “Analysts believe Mac developers have little reason to worry. For one thing, it doesn’t make economic sense to buy a Mac to specifically run Windows. And analysts also contend that Mac OS X is ahead of Windows as an operating system. ‘Apple is very willing to entertain the comparison [between the Mac and Windows] because they clearly believe they will come out favorably in that comparison,’ said Van Baker, vice president of research at IT-research firm Gartner. ‘I’m inclined to agree with them—OS X is fast and stable. Most of the features we are going to see in [Windows] Vista have been in OS X for quite some time.'”

    YES YES YES

    eom

  3. BootCamp is a joke and obsolete

    Go right for the heart, run as many Win apps without Windows as possible.

    Drop the entry point to get a Mac.

    When more and more users simply buy Mac’s instead of PC’s, developers will put out native OS X versions of their software and then suddenly see the light.

  4. I have a feeling that in the end we will find ourselves surprised at the level and duration of support for the PPC after the Intel transition is complete. I bet that it will exceed support for the 68000 series after switching to PPC. Not, perhaps, out of the goodness of their hearts, but because it is simpler this time around. I hope that I am right, because I am going to be using my old dual 867 PMG4 for another year or two. I’m taking her for the 500,000 mile challenge!

  5. Boot Camp will keep me as an Apple customer. I became a realtor recently and as most of you know Apple just isn’t in this business. I was looking at buying a Window based laptop. I was not liking the idea of that very much. Now I will mostly likely buy a Macbook Pro and run both OS’s. It seems very unlikely that the real estate software will ever run natively on Mac’s:(
    But I can do some of my work on Mac OS X like presentations, photo editing etc (most of my co-workers have a hard time with photos), and all my personal uses. And then use Windows as little as possible with that other software. One other thing, I don’t have to carry around a laptop that would make me want to barf because it is so ugly to look at.
    It gives me the option to be a mostly Mac user in an all Windows work place. Thats one of the reasons for this, the mac user that is forced to buy a Windows machine for work.

  6. RichB,

    I just wanted to add that I bought my fiancee, who is a realtor, a MacBook Pro that she has been using since the 15″ first came out. I got her Parallels Desktop and Boot Camp to make sure that no matter what problems may have come up she would have a backup. She uses parallels all the time for NETREIS and other IE only sites and boot camp for Windows apps like Wildfire. She is using the boot camp side less and less and I expect that I will be able to remove the Windows partition in the future. Anyway, I highly encourage you the make the purchase as it works well. You could also easily get away with a MacBook since for Real Estate you don’t need the graphics. I would have went that way if it was available at the time.

  7. richb,

    Check out Parallels as an alternative to Boot Camp. You can run it side by side with MacOSX
    and not have to dual boot. The load those PC-only Real Estate programs present to the system
    can be easily handled by Parallels.

    Enjoy….

  8. I could be wrong, but I would put money on the fact that most people who buy a Mac do it specifically because of OS X. Even tho Apple claims they are more of a hardware company.

    Ok it doesn’t hurt that Apple makes the best looking computers either.

    I don’t buy other hardware – not because it doesn’t look cool or isn’t bad ass, but because it doesn’t run OS X.

    Point of running Windows on a Mac is only because I can- not because I prefer it.

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