Listen to the audio of our conversation: Springtime for Apple. Or watch it as a video:
I was a bit incredulous at first at the idea that Snow Leopard might be bigger than the iPhone 3GS. Snow Leopard is just a dot-release update to the desktop operating system, while the 3GS is ... is ... well, it's a new iPhone, which means it's completely made of awesome! However, discussing it with the other guests and thinking about it afterwards, I'm sold. While Snow Leopard has only a few user-facing features, it's leaner, faster, with improved graphics performance, and optimized for multicore processors. Moreover, it only runs on Intel Macs; Apple is leaving its Power PC legacy behind. And the price is important: When it ships in September, Snow Leopard will be a $29 upgrade, compared with $129 for other operating system upgrades this decade.
We talked about a wide range of Apple-related subjects, including speculation whether the spinning-beachball spins the other way in Australia and New Zealand.
Note: The roundtable was part of Copper Robot, an interview program I do in my spare time, unaffiliated with InformationWeek.