New hardware, and a new Mac OS X, could make life easier for IT and users

“Apple CEO Steve Jobs opened Apple’s recent annual Worldwide Developers Conference with a keynote that put an end to weeks of speculation about new products and features in the next generation of Mac OS X,” Ryan Faas writes for Computerworld. “The announcements Jobs made can be broken down into four major areas: information about Apple, the new Mac Pro, the new Intel-based Xserve and a preview of Mac OS X Leopard, which is due out by next spring. But what do the upcoming changes mean for Mac professionals — both those who work in the IT field and those who use Macs as part of their daily job?”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Macaday” for the heads up.]


  1. He summed it all up perfectly for my liking:

    “All in all, Apple has given Mac professionals a lot to look forward to in the coming year.”

    He may have added that: “this includes all those switching from Windows too.”

  2. well Duh !!

    How much can I get paid to say the same?

    Cheaper gas is good for the economy

    The rise of crime is hurting neighborhoods

    Better education could help the community

    Cheaper cars a plus for poor families

    care to add your thoughtful headline?

  3. A buddy of mine works in the Internet security sector (big time anti-apple person) and I have gotten him to agree to the following statement: “Windows equals job security for IT professionals, whereas Apple could mean job loss/reduction” The IT world hates apple and will resist change since it means they would not be needed as much.

    Along the lines of “Power over ignorant masses equals control.”

  4. And as always the so called IT Professionals [read MS based equipment IT professionals] will remain unprofessional by stalling any change!

    Because they fear their jobs!

    So to hell with anything that would make there jobs easier – that would also demystify their positions and they sure don’t want there bosses [read average stupid CEO when it comes to computers] finding out just what a cozy job they have had all of these past years!

  5. “I’m sure 10.5 will be great, but someone tell me what is wrong with 10.4x vs XP or Vista? The attitude is telling.”

    I agree with you. Nothing is wrong with any of those things (I’m using 10.3.9)
    Similarly, a computer does not become obsolete the minute a new chip comes out.
    My daughters are quite happy using old Tangerine (233 Mhz, 6GB HD) and Lime (266 MHz, 6GB HD) iMacs. They can type, email, surf the web just fine. BTW, the Tangerine is still using OS9!! (It has a bad CD drive that I cannot boot from to install OSX.)

    The question must always be, “what am I using my computer for?” Certain fields require the fastest processors possible. In many cases, an old machine and operating system will work just fine.

  6. Yes, IT guys do not want to lose their jobs and many Windows shops will cut back if they switch to any Unix/Linux/OS X based systems. I’m old enough to remember the revolt of the creative people — engineers in my case — against the IT droids in the days when IBM ruled. IT was able to stifle the desire to turn to more flexible and far cheaper solutions for a long time. But the stresses in their dominance finally became unbearable until the minicomputer and PC revolutions blew away their monopoly control.

    The situation with Windows is very similar and revolution is starting. The smarter companies will switch and lower their costs. Competitors will be forced to follow to survive. Windows is a highly evolved kludge optimized to an ever more unworkable business model. Microsoft has failed to bite the bullet and rebuild their empire on a sounder foundation. Now they will pay the price for their own cowardice and denial.

  7. The problems not in the hardware. Sure Mac’s superior, but it was the killer app the made the pc a success vs. big iron. That’s how they became a runaway succes, but the real money is still made by places running a mainframe. Mac’s could do the same job but they don’t have the installed base of programmers. Email & Word are easy and Mac’s can do them with no problem, but that’s not the big picture in business. The problem now is shops with the developers that are entrenched in the ‘old code’ and don’t want to switch to the Mac kernel. Until that happens, mac’s will never win.

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