In case you missed the announcement elsewhere – both Apple and Intel have released press releases here and here respectively announcing that Apple is to move its entire line to the x86 architecture by 2007 with the first Intel Mac being rolled out this time next year.
Steve Jobs and Intel CEO Paul Otellini jointly announced the news at Appleâ€™s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco where Steve Jobs was delivering the keynote address. The keynote was delivered on a Mac running OS X Tiger on an Intel CPU!
According to Steve Jobs, there have been concurrent versions of OS X capable of running on x86 for the last five years.
According to Dave Winer:
Apple is not going into the software business, their operating system will not run on other vendor’s hardware. So you won’t be running the Mac OS on Dell, HP or IBM, for example
While Windows is not explicitly supported, they won’t do anything to prevent Windows from running on their hardware
That last bit is interesting as it means that the market for Microsoft’s Virtual PC for Mac, has just disappeared! Great – I run Virtual PC on my Mac and it is a dog!
Personally, I have a 2 year old 1ghz PowerBook with 1gb ram. It is just beginning to show its age. It seems increasingly unlikely that there will be a G5 PowerBook so I am going to have to wait at least another 12 months before I can upgrade this PowerBook – if it is for a faster, better lighter laptop running OS X – I don’t really care if it is a G5 or a Pentium under the cover – as long as it is a Mac!