/* Yeah, not exactly fitting with the mesmerizing full web showtune unified user experience bla bla bla. /sarcasm */
I liked Tiger, great OS, but BTW I scooped up a bunch of $28 Snow Leopard discs at Fryes - I'm not sure what the deal was with that, and didn't care, either, just jumped all over that stuff. IIRC, though, the iPhoto-iMovie-iDVD-iwhatever stuff is no longer bundled, just iTunes ( of course, it's the cloud crown jewels, as the public is discovering ), and so had to grab the iwhatever stuff from the last OS that bundled that, Leopard or Tiger whatever it was, forget. I don't like the later iPhoto versions as well as the older versions, anyway, so it was no big deal. Well, I guess if you don't reformat your disks, you won't have to screw with that stuff.
So, you might want to grab Snow Leopard, as it's pretty cheap, well, at Fryes at any rate. It's hella quicker than previous OSes, hella quicker, and it's got a few new functionally cool bells and whistles.
Yeah, I think the deal is that they eventually stumbled blindly into an awareness of iTunes as the cloud vehicle, and they've got this enormous built-in user base they can instantly transform into one of the largest social networks, one of the largest online gaming networks, and with the incremental rollout of Facetime to all their devices and computers, they'll also have something as big or bigger than Skype. Plus, the little incidental stuff like Flash breakage across other platforms and devices, the fracturing of Flash into a lot of devices that can't play and few that can - What a frickin mess ( well, a lot of that is the OEMs' fault, though, particularly with Android, with a stupid proliferation of disparate OS versions, thus a moving target for developers, so this plays well for the iOS platform ). And I'm sure Apple will do a streaming thing, and again with that huge built-in user base, then again they've got this instant thing like Hulu or whatever video, and of course they'll have a huge streaming music thing.
Basically they'll rule the whole enchilada, the full meal deal, whatever, the whole thing, man. Every frickin thing.
Yeah, Apple can obviously do a big land grab, and most people don't seem to have a problem with buying into the program and admission price, so it shouldn't be that surprising if all that fine ol' unified user experience cool stuff is just for the latest and greatest.
That's the Apple way these days - Not your Father's Apple
Yeah, I think Think Different, the Crazy Ones, and all that other old riff raff got put on some coast train junquet to Nowhereville expatriot joint in Baja or something.