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Posts from — June 2008

Myths of Snow Leopard 1: PowerPC Support

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Myths of Snow Leopard: 1 PowerPC Support
Apple’s limited comments on Snow Leopard, the next version of Mac OS X due in about a year, have opened the playing field for rampant speculation. Here’s a look at a series of myths that have developed around the upcoming release. The first myth of Snow Leopard:

Apple is dropping support for PowerPC Universal Binaries, so software will dry up for users of PowerPC Macs.

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June 16, 2008   15 Comments

Cocoa for Windows + Flash Killer = SproutCore

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Regular readers will recall that when Safari for Windows shipped, I suggested Apple was likely looking to move its Mac OS X Cocoa development model into the Windows arena in order to broaden Cocoa’s visibility and adoption.

Over the last year, I’ve also outlined Apple’s efforts to starve Adobe’s Flash and AIR (and by extension, Microsoft’s me-too Flash plugin called Silverlight), at a time when pundits have insisted that Flash was a vital missing element on the iPhone and that Apple could/should/would be scrambling to port Flash to it. It might be a surprise to find that Apple’s air supply attack on Flash and its interest in dusting Windows with Cocoa are actually related.

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June 14, 2008   115 Comments

WWDC 2008: New in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Apple’s public introduction of Snow Leopard, the next version of Mac OS X, was decidedly brief at WWDC, with only passing public mention of its new feature set. That’s in part because the company is delivering something nearly unheard of in the consumer software industry: Apple is advancing a new software product that improves upon its fundamentals rather than advancing a lot of marketing features.

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June 12, 2008   43 Comments

Snow Leopard Server Takes on Exchange, SharePoint

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Daniel Eran Dilger
In addition to offering Mac and iPhone users the equivalent of a hosted, 20 GB Exchange Server mailbox with additional photo and video sharing features and better file management tools at a price far lower than any vendor could afford to offer hosted Exchange mailboxes, Apple is also building upon Mac OS X Server to deliver an Exchange and SharePoint alternative for companies who want to host their own messaging and collaboration services at a far lower cost than Microsoft charges.

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June 10, 2008   30 Comments

Apple’s Mobile Me Takes On Exchange, Mobile Mesh

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Coyly billed as “Exchange for the rest of us,” Apple’s new Mobile Me targets consumers with a subscription service that offers a suite of web apps paired with push web services to keep users in sync between their computers and mobile devices. It’s the new .Mac, and offers something Microsoft has yet to match in its plans for Live Mesh.
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June 9, 2008   19 Comments

WWDC 2008: iPhone G3 Revealed

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Apple did something nobody expected at WWDC: it managed to keep its new “iPhone 3G” design, features, and price under tight wraps up until Steve Jobs’ keynote today, foiling the efforts of online spies trying to scoop the news on the sequel to the hottest product of 2007. While it was widely expected that Apple would deliver a 3G version of the Phone, the company managed to roll in a couple of other significant surprises that should dramatically reconfigure the expectations of consumers and business users, dramatically expand Apple’s mobile platform audience, and deliver a new wave of justifiable excitement before competitors can even catch up to last year’s phone.

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June 9, 2008   16 Comments

WWDC 2008: Is Mac OS X 10.6 the Death of Carbon?

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Just as pundits have worked to incite drama about the death of PowerPC, Apple’s two key development APIs in Mac OS X, Carbon and Cocoa, have been frequently personified as rivals dueling to the death. Will OS X 10.6 finally mark the end of Carbon?

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June 7, 2008   28 Comments

WWDC 2008: Is Mac OS X 10.6 the Death of PowerPC?

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Ever since the Intel Mac transition was announced at WWDC 2005, pundits have been seeding worries that Apple would immediately pull the plug on PowerPC Macs. In 2006, the rumor mill stated Leopard would be Intel only; will OS X 10.6 finally mark the end of PowerPC support?

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June 7, 2008   18 Comments

WWDC 2008: Future UI Designs in Mac OS X 10.6

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Following up on the previous segment, WWDC 2008: Predictions & What to Expect: Mac OS X 10.6, this article looks at how Apple differs from Microsoft in the hints it has dropped about the human interface concepts to be used in future versions of Mac OS X, and suggests some additional interface ideas for 10.6.

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June 6, 2008   37 Comments

WWDC 2008: Predictions & What to Expect: Mac OS X 10.6

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Daniel Eran Dilger
WWDC is just around the corner, and rumors are flying about what might be revealed or released. Here’s a look at how reasonable the rumors about Mac OS X 10.6 are, along with some ideas for where Apple is headed in its desktop OS.

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June 6, 2008   17 Comments

WWDC 2008: Moscone West Spy Shots!

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Daniel Eran Dilger
We sent spies to Moscone West to capture the secret banners being erected for WWDC. Here’s what they brought back after being chased down the block by security. Yes we’re exaggerating slightly, but only for dramatic effect.

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June 5, 2008   14 Comments

Review: Netflix Player vs Apple TV

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Roku’s new dedicated box for streaming content from Netflix’s Watch Instantly service offers a fairly large but somewhat eclectic variety of decent quality movies and TV programs at a very reasonable price, particularly for existing Netflix subscribers. While frequently pitted against Apple TV, the two products are actually more complementary than directly competitive. Here’s how they stack up.
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June 5, 2008   7 Comments

Five Ways Steve Jobs Can Turn On Apple TV Sales

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Apple hasn’t done a lot to push sales of Apple TV apart from lining up HD movie rentals and sales and adding incremental feature advances included in the new Take Two software. The problem, as noted in the previous article, is that buyers are somewhat hesitant to shell out $229 for box that primarily rents movies. Of course, Apple TV does a lot of other things too, such as photo viewing, AirTunes audio streaming, YouTube, and podcasts. However, none of those things compare to five killer applications Apple could quite easily add to the box, turning it into a hot seller and subsequently driving iTunes media sales and rentals. Here’s what they are.

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June 2, 2008   55 Comments