Am I being v.naive? - Why don't Apple make a version of OSX to work on Windows PCs?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by unregbaron, Mar 26, 2004.

  1. unregbaron macrumors regular

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    It needn't have full functionality but could be a way for PC users to get a taste for MAC benefits...
     
  2. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Apple will never make a computer without "full functionality." That's the whole point--it "just works." Since there are so many different, inconsistent standards with windows PCs, it would be impossible to port it over and have it "just work."

    I think a better strategy is to port some of the iApps over to the PC--which they've already done with iTunes. Maybe they could try this with iPhoto as well. Eventually people will want to get the "full experience" and move over to Macs.
     
  3. unregbaron thread starter macrumors regular

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    I take your point but OSXlite as a desktop experience for PCers would be so great and it's a shame so few experience it...
     
  4. jxyama macrumors 68040

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    iTunes have iPod - so even if people didn't switch, apple can make money off of iPods. there's no such hardware equivalents to work with the rest of iApps. so they are unlikely to be ported.

    apple is first and foremost a hardware company. software and OS, as wonder as they are, are developed to sell more Mac hardware. apple won't port anything to other platforms unless it would increase Mac hardware sales. yes, a few may switch after getting a taste of iApp but not enough to make up for the effort and i imagine more won't even really recognize that it's an apple software - just a nice app and switching wouldn't even cross their minds.
     
  5. Savage Henry macrumors 65816

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    Bearing in mind the many Wintels I've used in my life, none , and I really mean none, of them had as greater integrated hardware to OS functinality than my Macs.

    To quote the wordmunger, it just works.

    So stop being silly.
     
  6. caveman_uk Guest

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    If Apple make an x86 version of OS X there will be no reason to get a mac. Mac hardware is Apple's bread and butter. IT makes the real money - not software, iTMS or even ipods.

    Besides writing for x86 PCs is a pain because of all the possible hardware variants.
     
  7. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Good point--they should only port apps if they're selling hardware. Maybe what they should do is make an external DVD burner and port over iDVD. Heck, that might not be a bad idea on the Mac side--a lot of people with older macs might appreciate it.
     
  8. encro macrumors 6502

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    at the end of the day it really makes negligible difference.

    If you're that keen on checking out a Macintosh you are going to drop into an Apple retailer or find what you need another way.
     
  9. jxyama macrumors 68040

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    yeah, that would be great, though i am a bit skeptical that it would ever happen. with the iDVD hack, i am now thinking about buying a DVD burner, but i'm afraid of future iDVDs not working with the hack...

    when i bought my PB a year or so ago, it was $1800 with the combo drive. that was a lot of money for me and i just didn't want to pay $200 up front to burn DVDs. i didn't know if the industry would settle on DVD-R or DVD+R (i still don't know, actually) and i didn't know that iMovie and iDVD are so good that i'd become wanting to burn DVDs... the best option for me now would be an apple supported ext. DVD burner...
     
  10. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    Time for the Apple mantra again. Repeat after me: Apple makes hardware. Hardware is what Apple makes.

    OS X, iApps, iPod, iTunes Music Store--they're all designed to enhance your experience on their computers and attract more people to their computers.

    If you could run OS X on a $400 Dell then you wouldn't have much reason to buy Apple's computer.

    If you want OS X, get a Mac.
     
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