“[Apple] CEO Steve Jobs, speaking to thousands of engineers at the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference, showed off Intel-based Macs for professional users and servers for businesses. They replace the last Apple machines to run PowerPC chips built by IBM Corp. and Freescale Semiconductor Inc.,” May Wong reports for The Associated Press.
Wong reports, “Jobs also previewed the upcoming Mac OS X release, dubbed ‘Leopard,’ taking a few swipes at rival Microsoft Corp. and its much-delayed Windows Vista operating system. Since Windows XP was launched in 2001, Apple has released five major updates to Mac OS X. Leopard is expected in spring 2007. ‘Our friends in Redmond, they spend over $5 billion in R&D, but these days they just try to copy Google and Apple,’ Jobs said. ‘So I guess it’s a good example of how money isn’t everything.'”
“The products come as Apple says it is making progress in gaining new Macintosh customers — more than 50 percent of Mac buyers from Apple’s retail stores last quarter were new to the platform, Jobs said,” Wong reports. “Many analysts expect the entire lineup of Macs, which use the same chips as its Windows-based PC rivals, will boost Apple’s overall computer market share in the United States. For years, it has been less than 5 percent.”
“Analysts said Monday doubts surrounding Microsoft’s ability to release Vista by its latest target date of January could further help Apple as the Mac maker is expected to ramp up its marketing campaign for the holidays. Its current ads already attack Windows as riddled with security problems while lacking Apple’s easy-to-use multimedia applications,” Wong reports. ” Van Baker, an analyst at Gartner Inc. said there’s “a distinct possibility” that Leopard now will even come out ahead of Vista. ‘Apple is firing on all cylinders and they are executing on everything they say they will do, which is in stark contrast to its Redmond rival,’ Baker said.”
Wong reports, “Added Gartner analyst Mike McGuire: ‘Apple has built in a future demand for its product and they can also say, ‘By the way, we have all this functionality now that you can’t get with Windows.” The look-and-feel of Vista and some of its features are indeed similar to ones that already exist in the latest version of Mac OS X, also known as Tiger, which was released a year ago and upgraded in January to work on Intel-based machines. Apple made it clear Monday it aims to stay ahead of the innovation curve with Leopard… Jobs told his enthusiastic audience Monday that many other features are planned but will remain ‘top secret’ for now. ‘We don’t want (Microsoft) to start their photocopiers,’ he said.”
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