I used to be a major Apple fan (back in the IIc, IIGS and early Mac days). I occasionally check out their products online and once visited one of their stores. All that said, it would be interesting to see.
Would be cool to win you back after watching Steve's RDF for a little while.
I don't know if I'll ever go back. The problem that I eventually realized was that Apple was a hardware company more or less. I sunk many years into writing software (for myself, for people at my school, and elsewhere)...only to have Apple completely abandon
the II platform. I was about a third of the way done building a suite of applications that I was hoping to release as a rival product to Appleworks. I built a decent word processor in BASIC and assembly (and was going to eventually have it all written in assembly
or something compiled), and was working on a sound program and a complimentary graphics program. This was in the late eighties...just a little bit before Microsoft's time. I didn't have a C/C++ compiler, didn't know how to find one, and well...sort of abandoned
developing anything for Apple-related around 1994. It's too bad, because I was working on 3-D modelling program for houses, a replacement OS for DOS 3.3, and my own programming language/IDE. At some point I went, "this is nice, but who is going to buy any
I thought about buying a Mac a while back, and working with Cocoa, Carbon, or whatever they use now, but the market seems so small. Plus, it didn't seem like much of anything was built with backwards compatability in mind.
If I sink a ton of time into building software like that again, I'd want it to be used in a year or two...not left behind. Of course, there are a lot of teams building most software products nowadays...back in the eighties, you had more "lone programmers" than
you see now. So, I'd have to be on a "team".
Just out of curiousity, do you do much software development for (or on) a Mac? How does it compare with programming for the PC world?
Only really for myself atm, I've not released anything, but I intend to go full bore on OSX dev sometime next year - if I can get my finances in order.
How does it compare? Cocoa, as evinced by its NextStep heritage is probably (IMO) the best designed GUI framework out there. Yes there are issues, some that annoy the hell out of people, but overall it is a thing of pure beauty
Having said that XCode takes a little getting used to.
I never did anything on the Mac per se, but I saw enough other things to know they were pretty far ahead of other "platforms" in several areas. It was fun, that was for sure.
Edit: If I had an open schedule, and LOTS of $$$ to burn, I guess I would go out of curiousity...