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MacBytes
Aug 4, 2005, 03:49 PM
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kgarner
Aug 4, 2005, 04:11 PM
The list of products that work with Windows PCs now includes some of Apple's key offerings, such as the popular iPod portable music player, iTunes jukebox software, flat panel displays and Airport Express, a base station for wireless networking, said Ross Rubin, an analyst at the research firm NPD Group.
<gasp> Windows computers can use monitors and mice! What is the world coming to? I mean come on.

Monitors work because they are built on industry standard technology (DVI). Of everything listed in that paragraph the only major thing to be made cross-platform is iTunes, and that has proven to be a very good thing for Apple.

Chaszmyr
Aug 4, 2005, 04:14 PM
Apple monitors and mice have always worked with PCs...

Nermal
Aug 4, 2005, 04:14 PM
Apple's mice and keyboard have always worked on Windows (since going USB). The only problem I had was when I tried to do a control-click, which doesn't work on Windows. To make matters worse, some Windows features are only available by right-clicking! :eek:

dejo
Aug 4, 2005, 04:37 PM
To make matters worse, some Windows features are only available by right-clicking! :eek:

And that is why the single-button mouse, and it's accompanying affect on the GUI, should never disappear.

vashim66
Aug 4, 2005, 04:57 PM
This has got to be one of the worst articles ever.

TwitchOSX
Aug 4, 2005, 06:35 PM
The author mentioned that apple switched to the PC industry standard of USB.

Uh.. No. USB came around and nobody was using it until Apple stuck it on the first iMac's. Then everybody else jumped on the bandwagon.

This dude needs to get his facts straight before publishing things he obviously doesnt know a whole lot about.

Longey Nowze
Aug 5, 2005, 03:17 AM
And that is why the single-button mouse, and it's accompanying affect on the GUI, should never disappear.

Amen to that! if only more people understood this!

mrsebastian
Aug 5, 2005, 11:33 AM
short of getting into facts of the article, nor getting into the one or two button debate, the main point is apple is ready to take a big chunk out of the pc market. i think our friend steve has seen the light and realizes that if he wants to sell a crap load of macs, he will have to make it so that switchers have no reason not to. the mouse thing can be debated all day, but the simple fact is most people are used to a multi-button mouse.

mouse aside, the switch to intel chips will probably be seen as the moment apple became a major market competitor. i'm no software engineer, but i would think anything that runs on a pc will probably not be too hard to port to mactel. which simply means that pc users that have wanted to use a mac, now really don't have to worry about any software issues, especially when vpc is slow as a dog.