Anyone using this OS yet? Are there any big changes in comparison to OS X 10.2???
Looks like MAC is moving into servers as well. They have release OS X 10.3 Panther Server edition. This time though, they have dropped their normal Motorola chip and using something else (Intel I think). Big things are ahead for Apple, but will it pan out?
Here's a complete list of the new features (apple.com). Windows users, it's probably a chance to get a early peek at the stuff Micro$oft plans to steal for Windows 2008.
I've played with it a little bit, and I've got the software sitting on a shelf in my office, but I'm waiting for a break in the action around here so I can install it and Adobe Creative Suite.
The new feature that I love is Expose. After using it for ten minutes, and coming back to my work computer, it's amazing how much I miss it. I tend to have dozens of windows open on my desktop for various programs, and being able to see every window with a punch of a key is a HUGE timesaver.
And if you want to know how excited us Mac users are to get the color labels back, well, just remember how you felt after Benoit won the Rumble.
iChat AV is pretty fun, too, although the expense in picking up DV cameras will probably prevent my office from getting too much use out of it.
I don't really know anything about the server stuff, although they've had them for a while. I do know they're using the G5 processor (apple.com), which is an IBM 64-bit POWER4 processor. Macworld UK had a really interesting article on why they moved from Motorola to IBM, but I don't have a link or anything.
Now, will all of this help Apple regain any of that marketshare? I doubt it. They've got the majority of the portable music market, which is great, and they've got the "cool" factor going for them, which they've always had.
But Joe Consumer will always see Macs as too expensive, even if you show that the price difference isn't all that great when you're comparing similar systems. And since the few stores that actually SELL Macs will always try to divert customers into the PC world (CompUSA, I'm looking at you), and the Apple Stores, while a great idea, always look so damn sparse, I really can't see that changing anytime soon.
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I just upgraded about a week or two ago. I haven't really used everything yet, but so far it's a whole lot like Jaguar, except I'm pretty sure Panther runs faster. I've never needed to use Expose or the AV part of iChat AV, so I'm not sure about those, but I agree with Battlezone about the color labels!
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