The battle between Microsoft and Apple took a strange turn last Thursday, when the chief executive of Apple, Tim Cook tweeted a photo of himself observing Apple’s Austin, Texas production line where the Apple Mac Pro is manufactured. Nothing unusual with the chief executive of Apple monitoring the production line, but if you take a closer look on what’s in the background, you may be in for a surprise.
Watching the Mac Pro come together in Austin yesterday,thanks to a team loaded with American manufacturing expertise. pic.twitter.com/5LcCOFIVgC
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 6, 2014
It is clear that two Mac’s on the production line are running Windows XP. It wasn’t clear what application it was running. It’s possible that Windows was being used to run Electronic Design Automation(EDA) software, or some other embedded analysis program that Apple’s developer base has passed over. The tweet went viral and was followed up by a barrage of comments.
@tim_cook Nice use of iMacs on the assembly line
— Steve Riggins (@steveriggins) June 6, 2014
@tim_cook tim uninstall windows from those iMacs
— ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (@ryandolan123) June 6, 2014
— Peter (@PeterrWLFC) June 6, 2014
@tim_cook Yup, Mac running Windows in VM, win!
— That IT Guy! (@KenHilaire) June 6, 2014