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Old Jun 11th, 2005, 02:44 PM   #1
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Mac OS X Tiger Intel Edition on piracy sites

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http://macdailynews.com/index.php/we..._piracy_sites/.

Jeff Harrell writes for The Shape of Days. "The Intel-based Power Macintoshes that Apple is showing at their developer conference are based on an Intel motherboard, generic Intel graphics and off-the-shelf Pentium 4 CPUs... I estimate that we’re down to a matter of hours before Mac OS X 10.4.1 for Intel hardware is available for download on Internet software piracy sites and peer-to-peer piracy networks. (Update: A reader who for obvious reasons wishes to remain anonymous just demonstrated to me that the software is, in fact, already available on Internet software piracy sites.) If I can think through this stuff, Apple’s management can think through this stuff. This is the most awe-inspiring stealth marketing move I’ve ever seen."

"According to reports, Apple’s bundled iLife applications, major selling points for the Mac operating system, are already Intel-native and run at full speed... Given Apple’s experiences with software piracy, particularly the rampant software piracy that spread developer builds of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger all over the Internet this past spring, Apple’s management from the top down knows full well that this developer preview will be in the hands of every kid with a cable modem within days of its release. Most of them will be able to install it on their own computers and run it and the full suite of iLife ’05 applications at full speed, and run most existing Mac software in translation. As a result, Apple will give thousands, possibly millions, of people a taste of Mac OS X running full speed on their own PCs. Apple’s giving their potential future customers a free taste, that’s what they’re doing. It’s a try-before-you-buy deal," Harrell writes
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I thought it didnt work on regular PCs?
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Old Jun 11th, 2005, 02:52 PM   #4
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And who says Piracy isn't good for marketing?
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Old Jun 11th, 2005, 03:01 PM   #6
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I doubt that this is an intentional ploy by Apple.

It would be like a car salesman letting you take out the banged up Ferrari instead of the new shiny one. It's likely to put you off with sub-optimal and sub-standard performance.
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Old Jun 11th, 2005, 03:01 PM   #7
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Now THIS (if true) is very cool

Remember, Jobs used to fly pirate flags at Apple headquarters

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Old Jun 11th, 2005, 03:19 PM   #8
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They aren't going to release the final version.. in fact.. they aren't probably going to release the Developer version. However, they know it's going to happen on P2P sites. It just states that they probably won't try and stop it.

All this would do, would enable people to install the developer preview of the OS. In which, could be great marketing for Apple. Every Geek kid wants to install OS X on their PC. This way, they can.. however, the developers version can't be upgraded. If they really like it, they'll have to buy a "Legal" copy.
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Vexel: If they really like it, they'll have to buy a "Legal" copy.
Ummmm... don't you think that if they've illegally downloaded a developer copy, that they are more likely to download a bootleg final copy?

I think the issue here is whether the final released OS software is somehow keyed to new Intel processors/mobos or ASICs. The developer version looks like it isn't (which makes me wonder why they bothered to release developer Intel hardware.....).
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Ummmm... don't you think that if they've illegally downloaded a developer copy, that they are more likely to download a bootleg final copy?

I think the issue here is whether the final released OS software is somehow keyed to new Intel processors/mobos or ASICs. The developer version looks like it isn't (which makes me wonder why they bothered to release developer Intel hardware.....).
You answered your own question. Phil Schiller already stated that OS X will only run on Macs in it's final release. However, the Developer version was just a product so developers could use it on the developer machines which aren't locked down to any specific hardware/software locks.
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