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Old June 5th, 2005, 03:04 PM   #1
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Looks official, Apple going with Intel

Here is the link at news.com

http://news.com.com/Apple+to+ditch+I...?tag=nefd.lede
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Old June 5th, 2005, 03:21 PM   #2
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We'll see what they actually announce tomorrow (June 6). Migration of their mainstream desktops and notebooks to Intel makes absolutely no sense. Use of new processors for new products (ex: tablet Macs) might make a great deal of sense.
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Old June 5th, 2005, 03:39 PM   #3
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Then there's guys like me whom are seriously contemplating either a G5 or a BOXX workstation for HD. Now this? Whose gonna buy a G5 now, when something possibly better is coming down the road?

(On the other hand, Microsoft is coming out with their Longhorn OS, so they'll have to prove their worth as well).

Let's see what Steve has to say before this thread get out of hand.... then we rant, whine, and sling mud : )
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Old June 5th, 2005, 03:52 PM   #4
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Or Intel will design a new chip for them. Who knows.
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Old June 5th, 2005, 04:24 PM   #5
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This has been under discussion for awhile in "area 51." Until there's an official announcement, please keep the discussion there:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=45053
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Old June 6th, 2005, 01:30 PM   #6
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Now it really is official, out of Jobs' mouth. (http://www.macworld.com/news/2005/06...date/index.php)

Look for some real bargains on G5's in the coming months!
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Old June 6th, 2005, 03:05 PM   #7
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According to Apple, these machines will dual-boot into Windows. A dream come true for me.

I'm really surprised, but I'm happy with how it came out. We're not going to be forced to use generic computers, we're still going to have that stability and speed, and now we have more options, and easier developed applications.

What a wonderful world.
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Old June 6th, 2005, 03:13 PM   #8
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From what I've read, that isn't quite what they said. They said they have no plans to support Windows, but there wouldn't be anything about the hardware to prevent someone else from doing that. They did say that MacOS would only run on Apple hardware however.

In the interest of sticking to this forum's guidelines, here's Apple's official press release:

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2005/jun/06intel.html

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Apple to Use Intel Microprocessors Beginning in 2006

WWDC 2005, SAN FRANCISCO—June 6, 2005—At its Worldwide Developer Conference today, Apple® announced plans to deliver models of its Macintosh® computers using Intel® microprocessors by this time next year, and to transition all of its Macs to using Intel microprocessors by the end of 2007. Apple previewed a version of its critically acclaimed operating system, Mac OS® X Tiger, running on an Intel-based Mac® to the over 3,800 developers attending CEO Steve Jobs’ keynote address. Apple also announced the availability of a Developer Transition Kit, consisting of an Intel-based Mac development system along with preview versions of Apple’s software, which will allow developers to prepare versions of their applications which will run on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs.

“Our goal is to provide our customers with the best personal computers in the world, and looking ahead Intel has the strongest processor roadmap by far,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “It’s been ten years since our transition to the PowerPC, and we think Intel’s technology will help us create the best personal computers for the next ten years.”

“We are thrilled to have the world’s most innovative personal computer company as a customer,” said Paul Otellini, president and CEO of Intel. “Apple helped found the PC industry and throughout the years has been known for fresh ideas and new approaches. We look forward to providing advanced chip technologies, and to collaborating on new initiatives, to help Apple continue to deliver innovative products for years to come.”

“We plan to create future versions of Microsoft Office for the Mac that support both PowerPC and Intel processors,” said Roz Ho, general manager of Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit. “We have a strong relationship with Apple and will work closely with them to continue our long tradition of making great applications for a great platform.”

“We think this is a really smart move on Apple’s part and plan to create future versions of our Creative Suite for Macintosh that support both PowerPC and Intel processors,” said Bruce Chizen, CEO of Adobe.

The Developer Transition Kit is available starting today for $999 to all Apple Developer Connection Select and Premier members. Further information for Apple Developer Connection members is available at developer.apple.com. Intel plans to provide industry leading development tools support for Apple later this year, including the Intel C/C++ Compiler for Apple, Intel Fortran Compiler for Apple, Intel Math Kernel Libraries for Apple and Intel Integrated Performance Primitives for Apple.

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Old June 6th, 2005, 09:43 PM   #9
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No matter what the advantage, Intels chips are at the end of the road. They already run to hot. Dual core configurations have to be clocked down, (i.e. 3GHz are forced to run at 2.8GHz). AMD has the current lead, and a better system with a direct on chip access the negates the need for FSB on the mobo (as with Intels). That's a more efficient pipeline and better upgrade path, when you can simply swap out the chips and get a few more years out of the same workstation.

I was pricing between a G5 dually and a multicore AMD BOXX workstation. Sorry, but macs are just too risky now. I'll have to stick with a windows PC for another cycle. Maybe in 2008, when I'm ready to upgrade, I'll revisit, if Apple is still around.

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Old June 6th, 2005, 10:19 PM   #10
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Well if they're going Intel, I doubt it'd be much for them to go AMD as well.

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Old June 7th, 2005, 09:54 AM   #11
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Well if they're going Intel, I doubt it'd be much for them to go AMD as well.

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That's puzzling. AMD looks promissing. Maybe they just want a sure thing, and Intel has the market share.

I was told a dual G5 will still serve me well today. Nonsense. I'm looking five years down the road, when I have five-years of mac specific projects, etc. in storage, with the very real possibility of having to go back to windows. (I can afford a switch now, as I'm moving to HD in process for justification). Personally, I'd love a mac, but this is business, and right now Apple is just too risky. I applaud them for making such a bold move to stay alive, just not at my expense...

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Old June 7th, 2005, 10:34 AM   #12
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Read the press release above. Business is business, but I don't think Steve would have had that love-fest with Intel's CEO up on stage if he planned to go with AMD.

Personally I don't have the slightest worry about the Mac five years down the road. They will still be here, stronger than ever. My gains on Apple stock will pay for my next few upgrade cycles :-) If I were worried about any companies' survival it would be AMD, especially after this Apple announcement which gives Intel 80% of the market.

Of course, we all have to make our own choices, and I'm sure there will be a number of people who feel the way you do. But given his recent track record, I certainly wouldn't place any bets against Steve Jobs...
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Old June 7th, 2005, 11:09 AM   #13
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Maybe in 2008, when I'm ready to upgrade, I'll revisit, if Apple is still around.
Yeah....and they've been going out-of-business since 1985. ;-)

Like I said in the other thread, this is no big deal at all. Heck, it's certainly no worse than the migration from 68K to PPC (and similar in many ways, especially with the Fat Binaries).

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Old June 7th, 2005, 11:33 AM   #14
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Here's an article which discusses the "Rosetta" technology, "Leopard", and some more reasons for the transition:

http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9584_22-5...tml?tag=st.num

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(Jobs said) that IBM's PowerPC road map would only deliver about a fifth the performance per watt as a comparable Intel chip.

Jobs said there are a lot of products Apple envisions for the coming years, but "we don't know how to build them with the future PowerPC road map."
Classic mode will probably go away with the Intel machines:

http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1040_22-5734410.html
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Yeah....and they've been going out-of-business since 1985. ;-)
Gil Amelio did his best to try and make that a reality!... ;-)

http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=8905
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