I'm well aware that most of my readers are actually Windows resellers who are considering a venture into the minefield of selling Apple computers, so here's one for all of you. Did you hear the one about the Apple computer that ran Windows faster than its arch-enemy, the PC? You didn't? Well you're likely to be hearing a lot more about this one, because apparently it's true.
When Apple shipped the current Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard last year, the improvements under the hood included enhancements to Boot Camp, the Mac OS kernel that allows installation of Windows XP or Vista (and also Windows 7 when it ships) onto a Mac, and then lets the Mac boot-up as a Windows PC. But there are an increasing number of reports that a Mac running Leopard's Boot Camp and Windows actually out-performs any equivalent-spec PC.
DELL PUTS ON A MAC
I think I'll leave this thought-provoking statement hanging for a month and return to it in the next issue with more details. But in the meantime, did you hear the one about the Dell Mini Netbooks that run Mac OS X? You didn't? The Dell Mini 7 and 9 (and probably the 10 also) can be easily modified with a small software download, which allows the user to install and run Apple's Mac OS X v10.5. And it runs very well, too. Although this is actually quite old news, there's an interesting aside to this that could have major implications.
The question that begs asking in light of that is why is Apple are allowing this? The software download comes from Dell itself – not some small independent 'hackintosh' developer, and full instructions are available via Dell's website. It's very unlikely Apple would allow this without approving it, and there's no Apple alternative to Dell's excellent 'Mini' series of netbooks – not yet, anyway.
But at the same time, Apple is preparing to do battle with three very small clone makers who have got Mac OS X running on Wintel hardware using a similar software modification to Dell's. So if Dell is allowed to broadcast the fact you can run the Mac OS on its netbooks via its website, I have a feeling that the legal teams for the clone makers will be watching developments very closely.