Captain Ned wrote:
This is how Apple ends the "corruption" of Windows on Macs.
Heh, well... it will be interesting. They didn't have to provide Bootcamp, but they did. I know that when I switched back to the Mac in 2006 the ability to run Windows was a big safety-net factor. And certainly there are people today who use either Bootcamp or a virtualization scheme, and that benefits a great deal (obviously) from the hardware being Intel.
It was striking that today they bothered to mention virtualization, but only Linux.
Although there's uncertainty, the most likely scenario, given what we heard today, is that Bootcamp Windows comparability is gone. If there's going to be any Windows compatibility, it will have to be from VMWare or Parallels, and it might involve painful emulation.
This will cost Apple some users, and those users will likely be vocal in their exit. How many? Probably not too many. Will Apple be able to gain other users to offset the loss? Hard to say... it depends on whether they can really achieve noticeable price/performance/watt gains that translate into noticeable user experience gains.
1. iMac 27" (2020) i7 10700k; AMD Radeon Pro 5500 XT 8 GB; 64 GB RAM; 500 GB internal SSD + external box of SSDs
2. ThreadRipper 2990wx; Ubuntu; Headless; 64GB RAM
3. MacBook Pro (2017); Core i7-7820HQ; 16 GB RAM