What I think Apple should do at the WWDC

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ghall, Jun 2, 2007.

  1. ghall macrumors 68040

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    If Apple doesn't release Leopard at WWDC 2007 (and they probably wont), they should release a free public beta, similar to what Microsoft did with Vista. Or maybe have a preorder program, where if you preorder a copy of Leopard, you get a free beta disk or something. This would be good for people like me who are just itching to give Leopard a try, and also to put a dent in piracy, since I'll bet you a big chunk of the people downloading Leopard of torrent sites normally obtain their software legally.
     
  2. netdog macrumors 603

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    Apple won't do this. It isn't a free beta. You have to pay a bomb to attend the WWDC.
     
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    it would be a horrible move, imo.
    for one, there is no reason to. they only did it with the first iteration of OS X to get people using it, no such reason with Leopard. it'd be more hassle than its worth for them to be honest, and probably take away from sales in the end.

    be patient.
     
  4. ghall thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Which is why I suggested a possible preorder package. If Apple did that, I'd put my money down in an instant, as I'm sure most Mac geeks would as well.
     
  5. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    yeah, but whats the point if you're not a developer? and again, more hassle. they'd have more issues to deal with, more complaints. like i said, its just not worth it
     
  6. ghall thread starter macrumors 68040

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    What was the point of the Vista public beta?
    It could be worth it, if they pulled it off right.
     
  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    well look at the hardware and userbase of windows compared to OS X.
    there's your difference. and it had been a lot longer since an OS Upgrade and they needed to hype it and get people interested. apple doesn't have to do either.
     
  8. netdog macrumors 603

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    GHall,

    PlaceOfDis is right. His reasons are precisely why Apple will not be releasing a general beta to anyone but developers.
     
  9. ghall thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I see more probable downside than possible gain, sorry. MS Beta copies are pretty much complete. Not sure if an Apple DC is as free of untested code.
     
  11. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    Don't be so hard on ghall, his mom likes him :p




    (Referencing the discussion between Gates and Jobs at D)
     
  12. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

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    I agree. Aside from the criticism, Vista's launch has been successful and much of its buzz and initial popularity came from the free betas.
     
  13. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    it has?
    and i only heard criticism of the beta.
     
  14. ghall thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I'm glad to see I'm not alone. ;)

    Yeah, well that's the main difference, Vista sucks, whre Leopard doesn't (yet).
     
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    I guess that depends how you define successful...
     
  16. Fukui macrumors 68000

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    Publicity.
     
  17. ghall thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Exactly! Thank you so much.
     
  18. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    again, Leopard isn't something that apple has to promote via a Beta, they get enough exposure as it is.
     

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