: What if...

Aug 26th, 2005, 05:54 PM
A neat idea (http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/pulpit20050825.html) occurs at the end of this characteristically 'out-there' speculation by the great Robert X. Cringely: what if Apple provided OSx86 on iPods (which are bootable FW drives) and/or as a download from iTunes for PC users to experiment with.

The first hit is free...

Aug 26th, 2005, 07:26 PM
Interesting, though running off an iPod's hard drive isn't the greatest idea (they're not optimized for long-running, but for short bursts to keep the buffer full). The free download is a possibility, but then Apple would have to put a lot of effort in to ensure widespread compatibility with all the hardware that exists out in PC land. If they didn't, it might end up backlashing, with customers assuming that any problems or incompatibilities are reflective of Apple software and hardware as a whole.

Aug 26th, 2005, 08:11 PM
It's a shame that this now defunct OS (Used in the DC 290 etc) is no longer in use,
It might work in an iPod...Well...Maybe a Photo iPod.
Or how about an "Apple QuickTake Photo iPod" (That'd be nice...An Apple camera...Again!!!)


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Aug 26th, 2005, 10:51 PM
I read Cringely's column every week. It's always good for a laugh.:D Admittedly an interesting idea, but I think we all know it will never fly.


Aug 26th, 2005, 10:51 PM
IBM is already testing an iPod as a means of carrying your 'computer environment' with you:

http://www.macsimumnews.com/index.php/archive/next_waves_apple_ipod_pro_prediction_confirmed_by_ ibms_soulpad/

Aug 27th, 2005, 03:32 AM
Perhaps a iNewton would be a good idea now that portable computers are finaly up to a point where a palmpilot is a viable option. However would a Tiger Palm be as usable when using a stylus? I have not used a palm in quite a while...