All is forgiven. You can charge $129 for Jaguar if you want. I don't care. All I want is ****ing iChat and Rendezvous and spring-loaded folders and Sherlock 3 and a REAL Address Book.app and Mail.app filters and Inkwell and Quartz Extreme.
Jaguar will be worth the wait. I don't care if it comes at the last day of the summer. I will wait. And I will buy it the first day it comes out.
And don't worry, Apple, you'll get my money for a new comp too, since I've been eyeing that new iMac anyway. At the very least I will buy a Radeon and hack it into my cube to get 32 MB of VRAM for Quartz Extreme.
Seriously, OS X 10.2 is like 10 times the upgrade from 10.0 to 10.1. I thought OS X 10.2 was going to be a small, evolutionary step in the advancement in OS X. But now I see that's it's going to be a MAJOR upgrade, and I will gladly pay in full for it.
Quartz Extreme is something that newer computers can use, but it's not a necessary feature. I just hope that they speed up regular Quartz rendering, too.
However, most of Apple's products currently have 32 MB of VRAM. The Powerbook, iMac, PowerMac, and eMac all have 32 megs of VRAM. All that's left is the iBook with a measly 8 MB; but I think Apple will turbocharge it with a 32 MB VRAM graphics card in the update after the upcoming one, if not in the upcoming one. Remember, OS X 10.2 is not out yet, so the hardware restriction is nonexistent right now. This is just an ANNOUNCEMENT. Don't blame Apple for not delivering when they don't even need to. Apple is making half-a-year old Powerbooks not able to use the new feature I'd hardly call that a good move but it's not a bad move either. If Apple RELEASED OS X 10.2 today and had that restriction, THEN it would be a bad move.
It WOULD be nice to see partial Quartz Extreme in my cube or something, though.
I figure what I'll do is just buy a new computer pre-installed with OS X 10.2 to spare me the $129 expense. I've been wanting a new comp anyway, and maybe I can do with a new eMac.
Jaguar dramatically improves the performance of Mac OS X with Quartz Extreme. Jaguar lets Quartz offload compositing tasks to a supported* video card, using OpenGL to accelerate the drawing and compositing of graphics. As with the benefits 3D games get from a video co-processor, the main CPU chip(s) can then focus on application-specific needs.
*nVidia: GeForce2MX, GeForce3, GeForce4 Ti, GeForce4 or GeForce4MX. ATI: any AGP Radeon card. 32MB VRAM recommended for optimum performance.
I got overly excited when I read that they were buddy buddy with AOL because that certainly means file transfer. Integration with Address book sounds intriguing too.
But look at that interface Yuck!!!
I use Adium because at 1024x768 the buddy list takes up about a 10th of the width of my screen and depending on how many buddies are on, 1/3rd my screen in vertical direction. I have a measly 13" iMac CRT screen but I am able to surf the web and see my chat window at the same time.
iChat has freakin conversation bubbles. If that's not bloat I'm going full Darwin. Sorry if I sound cynical but I don't want to buy a cinema display just so I can ask my friends if they know the answer to 34 on the calculus.