Embedded Mac OS X for Apple Consumer Electronics?

Discussion in 'MacRumors.com News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Dec 19, 2006.

  1. macrumors bot

    MacRumors

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2001
    #1
    [​IMG]

    Appleinsider reports that Apple is working an an operating system based on the core technologies in Mac OS X as the basis for upcoming devices.

    According to the report, Apple intends to integrate the software into the upcoming Apple Phone which is expected in the 1st half of 2007. Meanwhile, more devices are expected and "more comprehensive plans call for it to form the bedrock of a jaw-dropping device not due to hit the market until the following year".

    This embedded form of Mac OS X is expected to offer tight integration with Apple's desktop offerings.

    Looprumors first offered early claims of a "light" version of Mac OS X as the basis for the rumored Apple Phone. According to their earlier report, the light version of Mac OS X would incorporate light versions of their iLife software (iCal, iTunes, iPhoto) for integration with the standard version of Mac OS X.
     
  2. macrumors 68000

    steve_hill4

    Joined:
    May 15, 2005
    Location:
    NG9, England
    #2
    Oooh, smartphones and PDAs anyone??

    MWSF is too far away for my liking.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

    miketcool

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2003
    #3
    Mac OS X is going to be scalable, only makes sense.
     
  4. macrumors 68020

    EagerDragon

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2006
    Location:
    MA, USA
    #4
    Integration is the key, being able to transfer information in both directions seamlessly and using a common interface would be king.

    Too bad it is not here today.
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

    xJulianx

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2006
    Location:
    Brighton, UK
  6. macrumors 65816

    iJawn108

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2006
    #6
    This is a rumer I like to hear most.

    Leopard Phone please.
     
  7. macrumors 68040

    BoyBach

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2006
    Location:
    UK
    #7
    Start speculating.

    What do you think this 2008 "jaw-dropping" product could be?
     
  8. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2005
    Location:
    warwick RI
    #8
    jawdropping

    So we have a full year to rumor about a new apple device?
    I hope its a ultra mobile touchscreen palm-top. The ultimate all-in-one.
    Countdown to keynote 08!
     
  9. macrumors 601

    gloss

    Joined:
    May 9, 2006
    Location:
    around/about
    #9
    Dare I say it?






    ...G5 Powerbook.
     
  10. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2002
    #10
    Rumors, Rumors, Rumors....

    I am just about ready to give up on any phone / pda from Apple! Right now I am using a Treo 650 and it's good... But not great!

    If Apple is working on such a device if they don't announce MWSF I am giving up on RUMOR SITES!

    Com'n apple even you are taking this too far!
     
  11. macrumors 68020

    EagerDragon

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2006
    Location:
    MA, USA
    #11
    This jaw-dropping quote seems to be the key here, unfortunatly it sounds that we will not see it until 2008 "the following year".

    Bring it on.
     
  12. macrumors 65816

    m-dogg

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2004
    Location:
    Connecticut
    #12

    No. Don't say it.
     
  13. macrumors 68020

    EagerDragon

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2006
    Location:
    MA, USA
    #13
    The usual
    a) Powerbook G5,
    b) iTablet,
    c) Video iPod
    d) iPod Phone
    e) Mac Gamer Pro

    Yea a) is lame
     
  14. macrumors 6502a

    product26

    Joined:
    May 30, 2005
    #14
    i sure hope so... mobile OS companies need some real competition to push the market in to making real, usable, integrated solutions.
     
  15. macrumors G4

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2006
    Location:
    Redondo Beach, California
    #15
    Should be possible. Linux has been ported to the iPod. http://www.ipodlinux.org/Main_Page

    If you look at the computers that were used to develop BSD Unix the iPod and a cell phone don't look so low powered. This is kind of like taking BSD back to it's roots. Mac OS X is after all just BSD with a pretty face.

    Back in the day, we measured RAM in kilobytes, not MB or GB and BSD ran on those machines. I remember seeing an IBM 360 computer at UCLA that was the first machine I saw that had a full megabyte of RAM The memory unit was a cube about 8 feet on a side. I remember there were 8 racks that were cabled together to make the full 1MB and UCLAbought 9 racks so they could have a spare. The RAM was made of real "core" , about 10 million little cores each hand wired. UNIX ran on machine much, much less expensive than this, machines with just kilobytes of core. This was in the mid 1970's back when UNIX and the Internet (or "darpanet") was still new. All of this ran on a few "K" or core back then, why not do it again?
     
  16. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2004
  17. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2006
    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    #17
    Just a thought:

    Could this be what iTV will run???
    :D
     
  18. macrumors 601

    gloss

    Joined:
    May 9, 2006
    Location:
    around/about
    #18
    Sorry. My first offense. ;)
     
  19. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2003
    #19
    Ah, the newton is finally back!
     
  20. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2003
    Location:
    Canada, eh
    #20
    I doubt they'll announce a phone at MWSF if they're still working on the OS. I sincerely hope this rumour is out of date and it's just taken this long to come to light.

    This new device could also be jaw-droppingly mundane, like the "Hi-Fi 2: Now with more bulk".
     
  21. macrumors 68000

    hvfsl

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2001
    Location:
    London, UK
    #21
  22. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    May 20, 2002
  23. Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2004
    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    #23
    I'd assume that's one very prominent planned application, yeah. :)
     
  24. macrumors 68000

    steve_hill4

    Joined:
    May 15, 2005
    Location:
    NG9, England
    #24
    Return of another familiar classic. I for one would love to see the Newton name return, but it would feel too much like Apple clinging to the past, and a past product that was a relative failure compared to what it could have been. Not to mention Jobs pretty much killed the Newton upon arrival back at Cupertino.

    Newton-like, but not Newton.

    I think by now the phone is a near certainty, but what else could this be utilised for? Remember that Windows CE was used on the Sega Dreamcast.....
     
  25. macrumors G5

    AidenShaw

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2003
    Location:
    The Peninsula
    #25
    ...and your Mac's spell-checker.
     

Share This Page