Ok, now that the major shock and awe of Steve's announcement has passed through me some thoughts come to mind.
Leopard in late 2006 (or early 2007):
So, from R. Kipling perhaps some hints:http://www.sff.net/people/karawynn/justso/leopard.htp
I think that here Apple is drawing a metaphor for its own survival. Get back to where the game is. The apple (or leopard) must change it's spots to survive. Windows and Intel have kicked apple into a 3-16% market share. A small(ish) developer base. The leopard must change its spots.
Tiger is a hint of where apple is going and with this kind of great buzz about the OS there are plenty of switchers out there who have taken notice. they all have shitty windows boxes and tons of software that they paid hard earned $$ for. If the MacTel box can run those programs in some form of emulator then they are totally on board. The OS can hunt in the jungle again.
TIGER, tiger, burning bright\t
In the forests of the night,\t
What immortal hand or eye\t
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
Fearful symmetry like running on PPC and x86?
Right now apple has a great platform for the high end. The dualies are fine for the purpose that they were designed. This should last us into 2007 when a wicked intel/powemac is debuted.
In the mean time the switcher platform will get an intel p4 chip in 2005. The mac mini = crack for the switcher base.
All of us kool aid drinkers will buy the apple hardware. Apple knows this. It will make it easy for developers to port their apps. If apple took its sweet time developing the tools for the developers to switch then watch what will become.
I am not afraid.
"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly." --- Richard Bach
I will stay with my G4 powermac until they give me a low power centrino with wimax. early 2006 will be it.
Unless Paris shows us some hardware.