There’s a lot of positive buzz coming out of Apple’s latest little revolution, though the company itself has been characteristically quiet. Nevertheless, one top developer isn’t being shy about the success its having on the mothership’s groundbreaking desktop software marketplace.
Peruse the computer section of Craigslist in just about any city and you will find them — software pirates selling hand-lettered disks out of their parents’ basements or grubby walkups. With multiple online identities and invariably a “legitimate” low-cost PC repair business as a front, they’ve got apps you want at unbelievably low prices.
However you slice it Apple’s the biggest force for change in technology and, of course, the lion’s share of the flame and light is happening in the iOS space. Now, the company aims bring some of that fertile fire to the Mac space and at least software company has answered that call directly.
Gaming performance issues introduced with the release of Mac OS X 10.6.4 have been fixed and then some. Moreover, those eager beavers (and beaverettes) at Valve are pushing Apple to keep raising their operating system game.
The schedule for mothership’s fifth OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard update has slipped due to a change in focus to fixing graphics driver issues introduced by the last operating system update. Thereupon, OS X 10.6.5 Update isn’t expected until the Fall, perhaps in conjunction with the company’s regular Fall Mac hardware updates.
The Middle Kingdom is still the “IT” place for investment and the mothership is going after an Internet service provider that just happens to be an RIA (rich Internet application) developer. Although I’m just guessing, I suspect Apple isn’t buying the company for their fine stable of Flash developers.
After the release of Mac OS 10.6.4, many Mac gamers, as well as a top game maker, complained that the operating system update hit performance. Although Apple hasn’t made any public statements on the matter, it appears the company has heard customers and is preparing to act.
If you like to play games and haven’t installed Apple’s fourth Snow Leopard update, then you will probably want to hold off. That said, the timing of these issues couldn’t be worse given that Mac gaming has been on a roll this year.