Preface: This thread and the posts within should be considered pure speculation and hypothesis, describing possibilities that may never occur; not prophecy! After posting about how we think of a PC vs a Mac it got me to thinking... With the release of Boot Camp beta and all that it entails, windows gaming on our macs at the forefront, do you think we are seeing the beginning of a new Apple War or Apple's White Flag? To explain, let me present two opposing scenarios: Scenario #1: Apple intends to fight the 'PC Market', and Windows specifically, very aggressively. They release the Boot Camp beta as an early scout. They then launch Leopard with integrated Boot Camp as a first strike. The intention being to push anyone on the fence, because of either certain Windows-specific apps or games, off and onto a new Mac purchase. They collect the data, see how it went and prepare the next attack. This could range from integrated virtualisation to signing deals with pc manufacturers to release OS X machines or dual-booting machines. The next logical step, if not already done in Leopard is the virtualization. It would offer customers easy access to those needed windows-specific apps with no need of a reboot. Apps like AutoCAD, Solitare, etc. Along with this would be new PowerMacs backed by several hardware manufacturers supplying top-end graphics cards and other cards for exapansion. The point of this scenario is that Apple would be waging war with Microsoft, attacking directly with intention of striking the mortal blow to Windows or at least get on equal footing with them. Scenario #2: The "White Flag", Apple is easing the transition to Microsoft Windows. By switching to Intel in a few years time most of their customer base will not only be running Intel Macs with Leopard they will have machines that work with Windows flawlessly. This will allow Apple to essentially drop OS X and allow Mac owners and easy transition. Why would the do this? Personally I don't think they would ever do this but I can think of some reasons: a) Apple is joining Microsoft to make a joint OS with the strengths and compatibility of both systems. b) They are going to focus on hardware and move their software to being cross-platform even moreso then they currently do with iTunes/QuickTime. One or both of these would work but they work best together. Apple would continue to create great hardware but likely with less focus on computers and more with addon devices and devices like the iPod, etc. In Closing... Obviously neither of these may happen or if they did it could take on a very different shape. But what does everyone here think? Could there be some truth to this... is either scenario possible, plausible, or even likely? If so, which scenario would you be most likely to believe? Myself, I'd go with something like Scenario #1 but honestly neither would "surprise" me.