Terrific essay from John Siracusa on Boot Camp, including this bit
on the rampant fear that Boot Camp will lead to developers
abandoning real Mac software development:
This naturally leads to the fear that Mac users will simply snub
themselves out of the software market entirely by rejecting the
supposedly inevitable “just boot Windows” crumbs offered to
them. Here’s my favorite rebuttal of that scenario, from a
comment on Seibold’s article page, by Dogger Blue.
Consumers don’t compete for developers. It’s the
other way around. Any developer who wants any
significant presence among Mac users needs to release
an OS X version. That is never going to change, and
any developer who thinks that will change, might as
well just write off all their Mac business because
some other developer will come along and take
advantage of the fact that they have just left the
door wide open for competitors.
There is money to be made in the Mac software market. (Just ask
Microsoft; Mac Office is incredibly profitable.) As long as the
number of people with Apple hardware stays about the same,
that’s not going to change. And if it increases, as seems
likely given the removal of one more barrier to entry (“Can it
run my Windows?”), the pool of Mac software money will only get
bigger. Software makers are competing for that pool. They have
to satisfy us.
Siracusa’s observations on what this means for Mac game development
ring true as well.