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Monday, June 06, 2005

Its Intel Inside Mac Systems!

Macs from Intel-based computers, Apple Computer itself has switched. CEO Steve Jobs announced that Apple would gradually shift its Mac line to Intel-based chips over the next two years. Jobs' announcement formed the centerpiece of a keynote speech to Mac programmers attending the company's annual Worldwide Developer Conference here. In his speech, Jobs revealed that Apple has been developing all versions of OS X since its inception to run on both Intel and PowerPC chips. "Mac OS X has been leading a secret double life the past five years," he said. The CEO showed a demo of the Tiger operating system on an Intel-based machine, saying, "We've been running on an Intel system all morning." Jobs also feels that looking ahead Intel has the strongest processor roadmap by far.
The move to Intel marks a tectonic shift for Apple, which has used processors from IBM and Motorola throughout the life of the Mac. However, the company has changed architectures before, shifting in the 1990s from Motorola's 68000 family of chips to the PowerPC architecture jointly developed by IBM and Motorola. Apple is strong. And the Mac is strong. So this is a great time to start building for the future, to make it even stronger. In the past, transitions have kept the apple platform at the forefront. Apple does not expect the transition to happen overnight. Apple still has got a lot of great PowerPC products in the pipeline, but are also working to design some Intel-based Macs, and expect intel centric macs in the marketplace within an year. And there will be a transition in the next two years. Appleā€™s advice to developers : Create universal binaries of your apps.To get a better perspective about the deal - read this well analysed post titled Five Misconceptions Regarding The So-Called Apple-Intel Deal.

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