Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Digital Darkroom: Windows On Your Mac?
Apple's Boot Camp breaks down the barrier between the two rival systems
These potential customers can now run the popular Windows-based applications that aren't available on a Mac, while enjoying the sleek, high-performance hardware for which Apple has such a loyal following. And who knows—maybe they will poke around in Mac OS long enough to get hooked on the Apple way of computing.
What's more, it opens the door to the idea of Mac OS X running on non-Apple hardware. For the budget-minded consumer who might prefer OS X but would rather run it on a bargain PC, that reality may be out there. Rumors speculate that big names like Dell have been looking into such a possibility.
Ultimately, this is great news, whether you're a Windows or Mac fan, or even if you don't care either way. It's one less wall between you and what you want to do with your computer. It fosters greater competition, not only in terms of software development, but for hardware, too. And it opens the door for greater innovation and cross-platform integration.
We've lived with the either/or paradigm for so long that it may take some time to get used to choosing for ourselves what equipment and software we want to buy. I, for one, am willing to try.
Contact: Apple, (800) 676-2775 www.apple.com.
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