Apple’s AppStore passes the 2 Billion Mark

Posted: September 28th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: OSX | Tags: , | Comments Off on Apple’s AppStore passes the 2 Billion Mark

The Apple AppStore for the iPhone and iPod Touch has now passed the two (2) billion apps “purchased” (some of the purchases are actually free). That’s a LOT of downloads. There are now about 86,000 Apps in the store, most duplicating the functionality of another.

What is significant is that in just over a year since the SDK became available a huge number of users have purchased a huge number of apps.

This new business model is something we are going to see much more of in the future. Any new devices that are destined for the “mobile” market will use the AppStore model for application distribution.

Think Apple will ever release a tablet or netbook type computer that runs OSX (as in the version that runs on MacBooks, iMacs and MacPros)? Think again. Any such device released by Apple in the future will rely on the same model of a centralized distribution of software via the AppStore.

Apple to Dump IBM Go with Intel?

Posted: June 3rd, 2005 | Author: | Filed under: OSX | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Apple to Dump IBM Go with Intel?

CNET’s is reporting that Apple will dump IBM in favor of Intel processors, a move that will be announced on Monday at the developer conference in San Francisco.

This would certainly be an interesting move. Some of the pundits quoted in the article obviously do not understand the underlying architecture of OSX, which would easily allow OSX developers to provide “fat” binaries that contain both PowerPC and Intel executables. All a developer would need to do is compile a fat version and release it. It would take no time to do this.

Already the bulk of the OS is capable of running (and does run) on Intel in the form of the Darwin OS, which is released by Apple as Open Source.

In addition, Tiger’s new kernel architecture makes it easier for low-level device driver writers to create processor independent drivers.

This would also make it very easy to actually run Windows binaries on OSX since there would be no need to emulate the processor itself.

Even if the PowerPC architecture is better then Intel’s, if the chips are not available, are late, etc. it doesn’t help Apple or the OSX community. Apple could have a win-win solution with such a move.