Apples been getting a lot of coverage lately about their new
Intel-based Macs. It seems like hardly a day goes by whenever you dont
read something about these new machines.
Most of the hype and hysteria revolves around the potential of running
Windows on a MacIntosh. Whether its the attempt to natively load XP on
a Mac or dual booting Mac OS X and Windows using Boot Camp, people seem
to be bending over backwards to get Windows running on the Mac.
Beyond the clear Wow factor of being able to do so, I cant really see
much of a point to wanting to run Windows on a Mac. To me, it seems
like putting a set of Firestones on a Ferrari. You get to spend lots of
extra money on the machine just watch it crash.
Yes, I understand that it would allow you to run Windows applications
on a Mac, but again I say Why? What matters most is data
compatibility, not the application itself. If youre using Microsoft
Office on Windows at work, you can just as easily run Mac Office at
home to do the work at home. For just about every Windows application
out there, theres a correlating Mac application that does the same
thing. If you absolutely HAVE to run Windows on a Mac, you can do so
perfectly easily today using VMWare or Virtual PC. Virtualization
solves the immediate problem without having to go through the hassle of
dual booting or anything.
The Macs supposed superiority comes from Mac OS X. OS X is supposed to
be more stable, faster, and more secure than Windows XP, right? If
thats the case then why would someone want spend the extra time and
money to take what is otherwise a step backwards? Remove OS X from a
MacIntel, and all you really have is an overpriced Dell. When I can
purchase a dual-core Dell laptop for $699, why would I even think twice
about an $1800 MacBook running Windows?
On an episode of Murphy Brown once, Murphy was riding in her bosss new
Range Rover. Her comment to him was: Why are you driving this? Why
dont you just take $20,000 and glue it to the hood of a Ford
Explorer? Thats Windows XP on a MacIntel to me.