IPVMU Certified | 01/12/15 10:29pm
I think in certain verticals it could make a difference. Education comes to mind. It seems Apple has made some big endroads there.
In lieu of 'native Apple support', usually 'Apple compatibility' means finding a way to emulate Windows on a Mac, but aside from a few turned up noses, it seems to be an agreeable workaround.
Telling a Mac person that only PC versions of a given software exist doesn't really cause much of a flinch. I think pricing between the two versions would have to be equal in order for an 'Apple Only' version to have success.
Another big barrier is overall integratability of other systems to an Apple-only VMS. Often you really need to get into the weeds with manual configurations and tying devices or systems into a VMS. Those aspects run counter to those 'Apple-esqe simple UI/ controls' design rules you often see.
I haven't seen or heard of much demand for Mac OS X based VMS in a while though it used to be quite frequent. I don't do work in the schools any longer but they were once upon a time the primary proponent for OS X in the customer base we would work with. Unfortunately, since Apple pulled the XServe from the market and has made the new "Darth Vader" Mac Pro there isn't even a particularly great server alternative. Even worse, the Mac Pro is just not customisable any longer. I have seen a lot of attempts to cobble together a Mac server from third party suppliers (Sonnet). These solutions worry me on reliability/warranty.
The closed Apple eco system will hinder adoption. They make fantastic PCs/workstations (Mac Mini, iMac, and Mac Pro) which would be great clients. The lack of a server is really a sad oversight and I wish Apple would license third parties to make them again if they refuse to do so... but the licensing of third party manufacturers didn't work so well last time.
If Apple ever brought back out a server I would be the first in line.
Since a VMS server or NVR is normally a single purpose machine, it doesn't seem to be important to provide Apple OS versions, even in environments that primarily or all Apple. What is important is to be able to provide a Mac client.