updated 06:50 pm EST, Fri February 10, 2006
Apple\'s secret weapon
Apple may be holding a secret weapon to double its market share in the desktop computing market, which would make the initial difficulties of switching to Intel chips pay off down the line. According a ZDnet blog, Apple's exclusive ability to deploy Mac OS X on the x86 platform will put the company in a unique position should it decide to move toward virtualization. Apple may choose to take the paravirtualization route by implementing a thin layer of software called a "Hypervisor," which would allow users to install multiple operating systems such as Mac OS X for Intel, Linux, Windows, or BSD directly onto the raw hardware, according to the ZDNet blog. Many hurdles still remain, however, before Apple can take the plunge. "Intel would have to release new Core Duo CPUs that have VT support which is likely in the near future," the blogger adds. Apple may also need to implement a BIOS compatibility layer for EFI to support Windows installations that require conventional BIOS. "If Steve Jobs plays his cards right and delivers true paravirtualization, Apple may indeed double its market share."