Triston McIntyre's weekend post on Mac.Blorge.com caught my eye this afternoon simply because the title contains such an absolute. "Apple Will Never Take OS X Public," it proclaims. He then provides three seemingly straightforward reasons for such an opinion:
All of his points seem valid -- I'm certainly in no position to predict what will or won't happen in Cupertino. It's not the argument that concerns me. (I do know some Linux supporters who would beg to differ that the open source OS is still in Windows' shadow, but that's not the point, either.) What gives me pause is his use of "never."
Experience has taught me to be incredibly stingy with qualifiers like "never" or "always." More often than not, using them means you'll end up eating your words. Sure, based on history, Apple shouldn't take OS X public, but circumstances change -- and changed circumstances often result in new and different decisions.