The Apple Falls Into Another Tree
As long as Apple can keep its software purring on Intel, or whatever chip might come around, the guts of the machine aren't going to make one iota of difference.
During his keynote at the 2005 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, CEO and Apple founder Steve Jobs announced that Apple will migrate to Intel processors over the next two years. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this change has long been a consideration for Apple, which was long-rumored to have its operating system running on Intel chips internally since Rhapsody.
Longtime Mac and Apple devotees may gritch about the announcement, perhaps even mourning the passage of the Mac. But those same devotees are really dedicated to the experience of using a Mac: its interface, its painless configuration, its stability, and its security — all in all, the software that makes a Mac such a pleasure to use.
As long as Apple can keep that software purring on a new chip, whatever that chip might be, I don’t think the guts of the machine are going to make a difference. Unless of course, the economics of using Intel chips make the machines faster, cheaper, and more prolific. Then the new Mac will indeed be a force to be reckoned with.
My one concern: a bifurcated developer base. But according to reports, Apple has its emulation act together. So, developers may say goodbye to PowerPC, and hello to Intel.