Apple is switching to Intel processors. You’ve heard it. It’s now powered MacBook Pro, iMac Core Duo, and Mac mini. And even when Apple’s Intel machines does not formally support Windows (they use EFI, Intel latest technology replacing 20 years old aging BIOS, and current Windows XP and first iteration of Vista does not support EFI yet, shame on you Bill, even PC vendors need an incentive to migrate to EFI), groups of users finally open up a interesting small contest that rewards user’s collected funds to whoever find the solution first. The winner has been announced. 13,000+ US dollars rewarded to narf2006 (two others are very close to win this competition).
From now on, all new Mac will be an Intel machine. They run Mac OS X along with Windows with small effort. The only question will Apple finally open Mac OS X to PC generic sometime soon? Why we are desprately need this? For all the new machine that can be installed with Windows, will put developers less incentive to port to Mac OS X. Why put more effort to port to the whole new environment when they know that Mac machine can run Windows too?? Let’s not forget OS/2 lesson here. OS/2 can run Win16 better than Win16 OS itself (Windows 3.1), and in result there’s not much OS/2 native applications since developers has little incentive to do so since OS/2 installed based is a very little compare to Windows 3.1 at the time. Now history is start repeating itself again. Unless you’re Steve Jobs there’s nothing we can do to stop the things from happening.
Start from game developers. There’s very little incentive left for them to port to Apple Mac OS X infrastructure. Once they’re get used to DirectX model programming, it will put them a little more extra cash to spend and time to think whether the investment is worth or not.
Well Steve, now you got everything in your hand. The contents (read: iTunes Music Business), the gadgets tasty business (iPod and forthcoming iPhone), and let’s not forget the opportunity to gag the Gates with Mac OS X. Let’s do this man, I know you’re willing to rock the competition. Let’s not feel sorry later for the things we’re not doing.