Wednesday, June 14, 2006

From apple.com - Leopard to run Windows apps?

I was navigating Apple's website and checking out the new 'Get a Mac' pages, when I came across something that excited me quite a bit. I went to the part of the website that tries to dispel reasons why one wouldn't buy a Mac, specifically the 'Macs aren't slow' page, which you can find here.

On that page, I came across this paragraph:

"Plus, since Apple designs and tests the operating system and new hardware at the same time, the company can optimize software and hardware to work well together. That means on such well-designed hardware, that MacBook Pro runs even some Windows software faster than PCs themselves, according to third party results. (They’re able to get these results with beta software from the next version of Mac OS X, Leopard. Apple Computer does not sell or support Microsoft Windows.)"

This both startled and excited me. What beta software are they talking about? Is this suggesting or confirming that Leopard will be able to run Windows applications without having to install Windows? So many questions spring up - if this is true, how has Apple been able to adopt the Windows API? Surely Microsoft didn't license it...is this their own virtualisation technology?

I normally don't really like rumourmongering, but this is off Apple's own website!

Now I really can't wait to get a peek at Leopard during WWDC.

5 Comments:

At 5:06 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The beta version they're talking about is the BootCamp beta, which is publicly downloadable.

Jaap

 
At 5:15 am, Blogger Apple Whore said...

That's what I thought, and I wouldn't be entirely surprised if that's the case. But it talks about benchmarking "beta software from the next version of Mac OS X, Leopard."

Boot Camp is beta software, yes, but it's not "beta software from the next version of Mac OS X."

It's just a rumour, so obviously I could be dead wrong. But it's an interesting find nonetheless.

 
At 5:23 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BootCamp IS beta software from Mac OS X Leopard...

"Apple will include technology in the next major release of Mac OS X, Leopard, that lets you install and run the Windows XP operating system on your Mac. Called Boot Camp (for now), you can download a public beta today."

 
At 7:13 am, Blogger Apple Whore said...

You may be right, now that I think about it. But still, the page makes no direct mention of Boot Camp, which has been in the public sphere for ages.

Either way, it's made anticipation of Leopard shoot up for me.

 
At 11:41 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check this: http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/pulpit20060420.html

Cringely thinks Apple may have something up its sleeve in regards to Leopard using a Windows API implementation.

 

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