Intel Inside… My Mac?!!

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If you haven’t heard, Apple CEO Steve Jobs today announced the migration of the Macintosh OS to the Intel chipset. If you have heard but don’t know what to make of this news, maybe I can help…

All the techie websites I frequent spent most of the weekend posting all kinds of theories as to why Apple would make such a move, ranging from the rather mundane—IBM can’t make a G5 chip small enough for a Powerbook—to the wildly speculative—Apple needs Intel Digital Rights Management for a new set-top movie downloading machine.

Maybe it’s only because of stockholder pressure, but what I think is really happening here is that Apple is finally stepping up to the plate; after so many years of smugly touting its superior operating system Mac OS X will soon be available for “the rest of the rest of us”. And with only $150 CAD standing between them and the Mac OS, every PC user who keeps telling me how much Macs suck without ever having spent any time with one will finally have the means to an informed opinion on the subject!

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7 Responses to “Intel Inside… My Mac?!!”

  1. Ed Miller says:

    AC:
    I’ve heard the main reason for the change is IBM’s inability to provide enough G5 chips and get the speed over 2.7 GHz. But Jobs has had an Intel version of OS X up his sleeve for 5 years, and Windows users will likely be able to switch to OS X on their own machines around the time Microsoft brings out its newest behemoth, er, version of Windows.

    Ed

  2. Hey Ed,

    Yeah, I heard that too… And the code-name for the secret Intel port os OS X?

    Marklar!

    http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1656622,00.asp

  3. Ed Miller says:

    AC:

    Those crafty devils. Does Cartman know this?

    Apple said yesterday that you’ll be able to run Windows on the Intel Macs but that you won’t be able to run the Mac OS on Windows machines. Kind of like keeping the mud off your tires but still being able to drive through a swamp, I suppose….

    Ed

  4. From what I’ve read, here’s the most interesting Apple/Intel prediction yet:

    http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/pulpit20050609.html

  5. Jenn says:

    As much as I love the idea of the switch to Intel, I still can’t understand this announcement. I want a Mac. I love the brief time I have spent with Tiger. I want to do all that wonderful media stuff that Macs are known for (though I’ll still need to see a snowstorm in July before I get an ipod). Now, however, I don’t see the wisdom in investing in the present Apple architecture since everything will change.

    I wrote the previous paragraph before clicking on the Cringely link and he really hit the nail on the head from my perspective. I hope this works out for them since competition is good, but I’m not ready to make any bold predictions about the future just yet. I am firmly in the ‘wait and see’ camp. My plan is to build a new PC for myself this summer and I will likely look at AMD instead of Apple or Intel to tide me over in the meantime.

  6. Jenn, you may not have to “wait” too long to “see”… This site predicts that the Intel port of OS X will be on P2P sites any time now:

    http://macdailynews.com/index.php/weblog/comments/6012/

    Let us know if you find it!