Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Steve Jobs Keynote and the aftermath

As some of you know today is the Worldwide Developer Conference, WWDC2005 and also it’s the date for the historical keynote of Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs, why historical? Because it follows the rumors of the biggest change in Apple’s recent history, embracing Intel’s CPUs and dumping IBM’s.

The keynote has been covered by many sources MacNN, Engadget, TUAW, check them out for kenote details.

Not to repeat the former links ,I’ll try to mention the most important points in the keynote:

-Apple literally dominates the digital music business:
End of last quarter 16 million iPods sold.
76% market share of all MP3 players.
430M songs sold and downloaded.
82 percent iTunes market share in the month of May

-Apple this week says it will deliver the 2,000,000 copy of Mac OS X Tiger. In under 6 weeks since it’s released.

-Apple will start the transition to Intel starting mid 2006 till the end of 2007, here the official Press Release

-The reason for the transition is that PowerPC isn’t enough and Intel delivers much better performance per watt.

-Mac OS X is cross-platform by design, and for the last 5 years every release of Mac OS X has been built for both Intel and PowerPC-based Macs, and during the keynote Apple was showing Mac OS X Tiger running on Intel System.

Dave Winer says he has some bits of juicy info the others don't have:

1. Apple is not going into the software business; their operating system will not run on other hardware, like IBM, HP, and Dell.

2. While Windows is not explicitly supported, they won't do anything to prevent Windows from running on their hardware.

This bit of info if turned out to be right is quite impressive; it will allow us to have Windows in addition to Mac OS X on any Mac Computer, and if they sell Macs with high end specs, there will be no reason for me (or anyone else) to buy PC anymore.

There’s a lot more viewpoints and predictions, but it’s getting late now, I’ll continue tomorrow.

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