what if apple actually released osx for the pc?

Mac OS X Ocelot

macrumors 6502a
Sep 7, 2005
While I doubt it'll happen anytime soon, it would mean a lot more people would use Mac. All of my friends use Windows but all of them say they would use Mac natively if they would install it on their current PCs. It might hurt their computer sales, but maybe not since people that wouldn't buy an Apple computer won't anyway. However, it would mean that they'd have to impose MS-esque registration crackdowns for the OS because anyone can get a torrent for Mac or borrow their friend's disc and put it on their PC.


macrumors regular
Oct 27, 2005
If the economy, or access to the worlds raw materials, went badly pearshaped in a way that made Apples hardware business non-viable, then they may consider it. But for the forseeable future Im guessing it doesnt make economic sense for them to do it.

OS X is the main selling point of their computers at the end of the day, and they'll only change tactic if they have to.

Sun Baked

macrumors G5
May 19, 2002
A cocoa or carbon api for windows would be all Apple has to release, and they eliminate the need to support non-Apple PCs.

The big problem with selling Windows on the Mac is the same a selling Mac OS X for PCs -- the cost of support.

In addition the cost of Mac OS X on PCs is, you take the most profitable and fastest growing PC computer business on Wallstreet, and put a bullet in its head. And that cost could be huge depending on how much that core unit is valued at.


macrumors 68000
Aug 8, 2006
there would be lots on copy protection, lots of copy protection problems, lots of driver issues and an apple (hardware company) missing lots of money. so no, not a great idea lol


macrumors member
Oct 16, 2007
Come on people, if you look back at Apple's history, then you see that this would be a foolish thing to do.

Apple HAS licensed Mac OS to other companies before, in the nineties actually and it almost killed the company! One of the first things Steve Jobs did when returning to Apple was terminating the license agreement of Mac OS since it had such a negative effect on Mac sales.

So as long as Steve Jobs is head of Apple OS X will not be released for pc. And frankly I don't mind... It is much easier for Apple to create a stable OS for the small PPC/Intel architecture than for the very diverse world of windows PC's.


macrumors regular
Nov 6, 2004
as Steve said they were working on x86 version of the OSX for 5 years along side of ppc ones for the worst case scenario(ppc to intel transition speech), since they are doing a lot better on intel I don't think they will be releasing OSX for PC's anytime soon if not never!..


macrumors member
Jan 9, 2007
It seems this guy follows what everyone else says concerning Apple being more secure. Yes, he's correct that it would be a larger target but consider the following.

There are 10 million Max OS X users, but zero viruses affecting users. Don't worry about the exact numbers, we'll use round numbers here just for argument's sake: if 5% of computer users use Mac OS X and 95% use Windows, wouldn't 5% of the viruses be for Mac OS X and 95% for Windows if popularity was the main reason for virus outbreaks? Instead, 0.00% of the viruses are for Mac OS X and 100% for Windows. Why? Some people still need to face facts: Mac OS X is simply more secure than Windows by design. Use little dabs of logic here and there, once and awhile, it usually helps clear away the FUD. In related news, umbrella maker Totes announced that with the recent increase in home building, there is an increased possibility of indoor rain.
This person also fails to notice the problems with drivers and the insane cost Apple would have to put into it. They're focus is not in making 3rd rate computers but creating the best. To me, that would just be a step backward.


macrumors 6502
Aug 7, 2007
Apple has enough work cut out for them trying to support OS X on their own hardware.

I doubt they'd have anywhere near the man power to support a PC release.

I would love to see another commercialized OS in the PC market though, although it's really difficult to compete with Windows when they basically own the market.


macrumors regular
Feb 10, 2007
It will happen

Am I the only one that doesn't think it WILL happen?

Come on people, the current Mac Hardware are just better designed PCs. And as far as loosing money over hardware sales, we only have to look at IBM. They recently sold their Retail Hardware Devision to Lenovo because it represented such a small proportion of their business.

With Vista being such a dog, Apple is in a prime position to make the move.

My2c :apple:


macrumors newbie
Oct 28, 2007
It would be the end of apple imo. Having control over both software and hardware is apple's main advatnage over other software/hardware producers.


macrumors 6502
Sep 15, 2007
Music City, USA
This would be the typical user's opinion of OS XI if it ran on generic PC hardware:

"Yeah, I ran Mac on my Dell for a while, but it locked up a lot, I don't see any reason to switch if I'm still going to have lockups"


macrumors 68000
Apr 2, 2006
It would be the end of apple imo. Having control over both software and hardware is apple's main advatnage over other software/hardware producers.
Agreed. This is how they make things "Just Work". If they had to be compatible with 1,000s of different hardware setups at the same time, it would begin to handle like windows.

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