From a Newsweek article about Palm and their new Pre smartphone, comes some interesting comparisons to iPhone’s underlying operating system (OS X):
Apple introduced OS X for its personal computers in 2001, but pieces of the system trace their roots back to the 1980s, when they were used in the operating software of computers made by Jobs’s other computer company, NeXT. Palm sees an opportunity to come out with something newer, better and “perhaps most impressive to gadget geeks” faster. A lot faster. “We’re already four times faster than the iPhone, and we’re still optimizing,” McNamee boasts.
Also, another interesting tidbit that allows the Pre “web OS” to keep applications running in the background, something that iPhone doesn’t:
Palm expects people will keep 15 to 20 applications open at the same time..
If this is true, it means that the Pre could allow apps like website pingers to continually check the status of your site and notify you when it is down, even while you are working on other applications, like posting blog articles.
Read more: Dan Lyons on the Palm Pre [via Gizmodo]
Related article: Can Pre save Palm?