Apple On Intel Confirmed

by Hadley Stern Jun 06, 2005

It is confirmed. In fact, as I write this Steve is showing how Mathmatica can be compiled on a Mac running Intel.

Expect some smoking fast powerbooks soon. And suddenly G5 doesn’t have the same ring that it used to have. In fact, I think it is safe to assume we will lose the whole G numbering scheme in the future.

Outstanding questions include what is to stop OS X running on any Intel box, not just an Apple one. Technically, an Intel chip should be an Intel chip? Unless Apple is planning on putting some kind of custom code either in OS X or on the chip itself. But surely this could be circumvented?

Either way, it is a curious day indeed to see Apple married to Intel. Who would have thunk!


  • Who woulda thunk indeed. As selfish as I am - I am wondering when the next-gen PowerBook (previously thought of as the PowerBook G5) but now is the PowerBook Pentium-M (ugh, tastes bitter to type that)

    Surely not for more than a year, Job’s stated that’s when the first systems ship and surely not the PowerBook line.

    I may have to stock up on Aluminum PB’s for the next 2 years.

    Nathan had this to say on Jun 06, 2005 Posts: 219
  • I do wonder why S. Jobs did not reveal if the new world order would be Mac OS on Intel in an Apple only box? This seems like the most important question.

    Its almost like Apple went a little over to the dark side. Great power exists, but some would consider it unnatural.

    Nathan had this to say on Jun 06, 2005 Posts: 219
  • You have to ask yourself, who in their right mind is going to invest in any Apple machines for the immediate future?  This is a worrying time, I certainly don’t want to be running software on some crappy emulator.

    Sales will completely nosedive. We’ll get to 10.4.8 have a stable OS again, then have to start all over again (akin to 10.1) with an Intel version!

    barrowman had this to say on Jun 06, 2005 Posts: 15
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