Apple today announced that starting in January 2003, all new Mac models will only boot into MacOSX as the start-up operating system, though they will retain the ability to run most Mac OS 9 applications through Apple’s bundled ‘Classic’ software. There are nearly 4,000 native applications now available for Mac OS X. In the meantime, Apple released iCal. iCal is an elegant personal calendar application that helps you manage your life and your time. iCal lets you keep track of your appointments and events with multiple calendars featuring at-a-glance views of upcoming activities by day, week or month. Our Take: iCal sounds cool, despite the fact that many users await iSync though, in order to be really useful to them. However, how many companies or small developers will go out of business because of this release? Here and here are some of them.
We recently talked about the strategy of the OS maker to create software that competes with its own third party developers, which might result in the developers leaving the platform. Karelia Software, makers of Watson, already said they will now focus on a Windows port. Is Apple looking for a (long term) trouble or these releases will actually strenghthen the OSX platform?