Yes, only a few days after Gordon attended Apple’s preview of Tiger (while assaulting Robert Downey Jr along the way), the general public has managed to get its hands on Apple’s latest, and with all probability, greatest operating system.
The Apple Store in Regent Street, London, opened its doors today at 6pm to serve the masses of Mac devotees who had been patiently waiting for what looks like the best desktop environment ever to grace a computer.
By the time I arrived on the scene at 17:30 there were already people queuing down the street and around the corner. Never before had I seen such a concentration of iPods, it seemed like the entire surrounding population had white headphones growing out of their heads.
Then there were the real Apple fans, the ones who just HAD to get their PowerBooks out of their bags, sit on the street and pretend that they had something SO important to do, that if couldn’t possibly wait – while looking around every few seconds to make sure that no one had a better PowerBook that they were showing off.
Thankfully us journalists weren’t forced to queue around the block, and were slipped in another door, so that we could witness the influx of Tiger fanatics obviously scared that there wouldn’t be enough copies to go round. But although the Siberian and Bengal Tigers may be endangered and hard to track down in the wild, Apple’s Tigers were abundant, and box after box was ripped open, full to the brim with the playful little cats.
So, does Tiger deserve all this interest, nay, hysteria? Well from what Gordon saw at the preview on Monday, he definitely thinks so, while the fact that I am seriously considering the purchase of a Mac adds even more weight to that opinion. It’s generally accepted, even by PC users, the Apple has created far better operating systems and graphical user interfaces than Microsoft has managed. And even though Windows XP was undoubtedly a massive step in the right direction, all the indications are that Tiger is light years ahead of its PC based counterpart. One thing’s for sure, no one ever queues round the block for a Windows release.
Of course the proof of the pudding is, as always, in the eating and yours truly did manage to walk away from the Apple Store with a review copy of Tiger clutched tightly in my paws – expect the full low down on TrustedReviews soon.