Apple switching to Intel

June 7, 2005

It's true, Apple is going to be switching to Intel chips for Macs.

In a stunning move, Steve Jobs announced that Apple will begin transitioning to Intel CPUs in its computer products next year. Apple has been disappointed with the performance of the PowerPC 970, especially IBM's inability to deliver a 3.0GHz part. In addition, Apple has been hampered by heat and power issues, ruling out the possibility of a G5 PowerBook. As a result, the first Mac to ship with Intel Inside will be released by June 6, 2006, and the transition should be complete in 2007.

I'm kinda interested in a Powerbook running on a Pentium M chip, the question is. . .does this mean no hardware updates for the next year?

Also, the new Macs may run Windows, but OSX will only run no Macs.

After Jobs' presentation, Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller addressed the issue of running Windows on Macs, saying there are no plans to sell or support Windows on an Intel-based Mac. "That doesn't preclude someone from running it on a Mac. They probably will," he said. "We won't do anything to preclude that."</p>

However, Schiller said the company does not plan to let people run Mac OS X on other computer makers' hardware. "We will not allow running Mac OS X on anything other than an Apple Mac," he said. </strong>

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