PDA Based on Mac OS X

  • Posted: 25 June 2001 03:36 PM

    Whenever an Apple made PDA is mentioned, most people say that it should be, or “will” be based on Mac OS X.  Why does a hand-held device need to be based on such a powerful OS?  Does a PDA really need multi-tasking and protected memory, with a dock, and aqua interface?

    I think that a more viable solution would be similiar to what Microsoft did.  Creating a Windows Lite version (Windows CE).  If you needed a PDA capable of rendering Aqua, then you need a pretty hefty processor driving the price up, up, up!

    So I ask, what is the big deal on an Apple PDA being based on Mac OS X?  Are people expecting to run Mail.app or Preview.app on their hand-helds?  As long as the OS integrates with Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 and has a Mac-Like, intuitive interface, then who cares what OS it is?

         
  • Posted: 25 June 2001 09:33 AM #1

    It’s interesting though…
    I wonder just how small a footprint UNIX can have anyway? When I think of a small and streamlined OS, I certainly don’t think of ‘NIX.

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    Posted: 25 June 2001 09:57 AM #2

    Linux has a huge head start on this, but Unix *can* scale down nicely.  I would be surprised if Apple has made much progress on that, however, as they concentrate on bringing X to the desktop.

    The main reason why Apple should base any new handheld on Mac OS X, however, is so that it can netboot from an X server (I have gone on at length about my little fantasy of an Apple handheld ).

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  • Posted: 25 June 2001 12:26 PM #3

    Can’t Mac OS 9 machines, as clients, netboot?

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  • Posted: 25 June 2001 01:06 PM #4

    yup

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  • Posted: 25 June 2001 03:36 PM #5

    I agree, Justin.  Besides the excessive nature of having Mac OS X on a handheld, there’s no way an Apple PDA will run anything close to the full Mac OS X at this point in time considering that PDAs typically have 2 to 10 MB of memory while Mac OS X needs 128 MB minimum.