“Apple completed its transition to Intel chips with the launch of powerful Mac Pro desktop computers last week and in doing so is positioned to break out of the prison it built for itself,” Dwight Silverman reports for The Houston Chronicle. “The market share for Apple’s Macintosh computers has been stalled in the single digits forever. Its reliance on the Mac OS X operating system — more than 90 percent of the computing world uses Microsoft’s Windows — doomed it to be a niche platform.”
“But no longer. With its new lineup of machines that can run both Windows and the Mac OS, Apple is now more than a contender and is a serious option for even the most die-hard Windows user,” Silverman reports. “I can say this with absolute certainty because there’s a very good chance that the next time I buy a new PC, it will be a Mac. The more I think about it, and the more I examine the muscular specs on the Mac Pro desktops, the more intrigued I become. But I’m not necessarily interested in buying a Mac for the Mac OS. I want it because it will run Windows — and therein lies the genius in Apple’s strategy.”
“Regular readers of my blog know that I recently bought my oldest child a MacBook Pro. She’s an even more die-hard Windows user than I am — she actively dislikes the Mac OS, even though she’s an artist — but her college strongly recommends a Macintosh. She had me install Windows on it, and I was impressed. The performance is very good, though driver issues and other quirks make it a little irritating,” Silverman reports. “Boot Camp, the cleverly named software Apple uses to turn the Mac into a dual-OS computer, is in beta, and I’m presuming these issues will be fixed soon — and they may not even apply to the Mac Pro desktops.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Sean” for the heads up.]
MacDailyNews Take: Hoooly Dogcow, Batman! We had to read this one several times over until we could believe he wasn’t joking. We are now 100% convinced that anyone can get a job as a “tech reporter” at a newspaper. Does he take his Ferrari over to Home Depot to pick up a couple yards of manure for the garden each spring, too?
‘Tis true: You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.
Some diehard Windows sufferers are like poor little veal calves raised in boxes, they have no idea what it’s like to run free. The freedom of it all frightens them. So, they choose instead to stay confined in their tight little boxes and suffer their fate.
And, no offense to Silverman’s daughter, but the world’s museums won’t have to worry about saving space for future Silverman exhibitions.
Sheesh. Rob Enderle, meet Dwight Silverman. Dwight, Rob. You guys’ll have a helluva time together! Excuse us while we go grab more than a few drinks ourselves.