Originally Posted by Amorph
There's no way those applications would run on that hardware. Never even mind the bloat-a-riffic installed sizes; the applications would bring a power-sipping ARM platform to its knees.
And since they're Carbon apps, they'd have to be updated just to work on the tablet.
Document-level compatibility with those apps is enough. The iPhone already has that.
You realize that that's what iPhone OS is, right? It's not that big a deal to port from OS X to iPhone OS unless you have a codebase written in Carbon. But you don't want to saddle the tablet with that code, because it has all kinds of assumptions about the nature and power of the hardware it's running on baked in to the code.
Apple has been really smart about this. If anyone pulls this off smoothly, it will be them.
I think that's a very incisive post. Many people may want 'Mac OS X' but they may not be getting that...and all it's legacy barnacle code. It looks like they're getting 'Mac iPhone OS X' instead.
Is this a bad thing?
I don't think so. The iPhone/iPod touch already have more apps that dwarf the amount of apps the Mac has had in it's entire life. That shouldn't be overlooked. And there's no doubt that the 'iSlate' is going to add another level of sophistication to that App base. It looks increasingly like the iPhone 'OS' or 'OS X' is going mainstream and the Mac will continue along its path. It's tailored OS X. Flavour for this...flavour for that...but still ice cream 'X' at the end of the day.
So, no, I guess I don't see Photoshop running on this with Adobe's trademark bloat. If they can't do flash right on the iPhone? Forget it. But, yes, the old apps? No.
It's a giant iPhone with the bells and whistles you'd expect. Just getting the extra 'inches' to browse on the sofa...is fine enough for me. Control your Apple TV. Steam a movie from Apple TV/Mac server? I dunno. But it's going to be more comfy on the eyes than an iPHone for extended browsing.
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