Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Hardware Overtaking Software?

I am wondering if available hardware capabilities have surpassed what software can utilize.

The news that Apple will commence a shift to vector graphics with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, in lieu of bitmaps for graphic displays.

So Apple is going from relatively large file storage of images and fonts (contaning several scale sizes) in an inexpensive albeit slow, relatively, device to a relatively CPU intensive drawing of said iamges and fonts 'live', if you will.

With the end of PowerPC support from 10.6 Snow Leopard, Apple seems to have found a surfeit of processing power that they realized a shift to vector graphics is very much feasible.

Added to that, perhaps, will be the streamlined multi-core/multi-CPU support in 10.6 Snow Leopard.

Barring ridiculously inefficient and sloppy codes, programmers appear not to have found applications that can utilize the increasing processing capabilities of todays CPU.

Blame may also be apportioned to IDEs unable cope with the intensive use of GUI and graphics demanded by programmers and consumers alike.

P.S. If that was rather verbose to you... I woke up on the other end of my brain.