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Apple Confirms Move to Intel Chips.
Contributed by: G3nu1n3, at 6/08/2005 01:04:00 AM.

As expected, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced Monday during his keynote address at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2005 that his company is migrating to Intel microprocessors.

The transition will take over two years, Jobs noted, with the first Intel-based Macs appearing in mid-2006.

"Our goal is to provide our customers with the best personal computers in the world, and looking ahead Intel has the strongest processor roadmap by far," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. "It's been ten years since our transition to the PowerPC, and we think Intel's technology will help us create the best personal computers for the next ten years."


Apple's move to Intel chips is complex as the company has been using PowerPC microprocessors for the past ten years. But Jobs said that Apple has been "secretly" maintaining versions of Mac OS X that run on Intel chips. This news isn't far-fetched: Mac OS X is really just the latest version of NeXTStep and OpenStep, the latter of which was ported to Intel chips over a decade ago.

To ease the transition, Apple is taking a slow approach. First, Apple is seeding developers with a $999 loaner machine that uses the Intel-compatible version of Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger." The company says that most major software products will require days or weeks to convert to Intel, and that a software emulation environment, called Rosetta (named after the Rosetta Stone), will let PowerPC-based Mac software run fine on Intel-based Macs. The first Intel-based Macs will ship in mid-2006, accompanied by Mac OS X 10.5, codenamed Leopard. Apple will convert its entire lineup of Mac hardware to the Intel platform by the end of 2007.

While Jobs did answer many questions about the Intel migration, some questions remain.

First, will Intel-based Macs be able to run Windows?

Second, will standard PCs be able to run future versions of Mac OS X? And what about Leopard? Is that PowerPC only? Intel only? Or both?

And finally, how will the company maintain sales momentum, over the next year especially, while Apple preps a coming generation of Intel-based Macs.

Whatever happens, this is an interesting time for the industry. No surprise, then, that Apple would be right in the middle of it.

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2 Comments:

  • Now this to me seems to be a nice change in the formate of this blog. On front page, I will be able to read and asertian if the article is of my interest or not. I was too lazy to click on the link to go to the next page to find out what was in the article there.

    By Blogger Shirazi, at 6/08/2005 09:18:00 AM  

  • Actually, I am in the process of writing an article about this *whole* incident. Although, I would just like to mention a few things in this comment. Personally, this decision of Apple sucks :'(. *sobs* I feel like crying because the real mac will cease to exist in two years. Steve you deserve the title: iCon.

    By Anonymous Some Desi, at 6/08/2005 11:29:00 AM  

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