Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jun 2008 19:04 UTC
Mac OS X Mac OS X 10.5, Leopard, may only be six months old, but rumours are already abound as to the next update to Apple's operating system. According to several sources, it's going to be called Snow Leopard, it won't contain any major new features, and is planned to go gold master December 2008, available a month later. The big rumour: it's going to be available for 64bit Intel machines only.
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snozzberry
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Historically, Apple has had love-hate relationships with their CPU vendors. Motorola repeatedly screwed the pooch on deliveries, and IBM thumbed their noses on developing the G5s the moment they found larger customers than Apple.

PPC smoked early Pentiums. It did. But Intel caught up and started showing signs of developing things that Big Blue had no interest in following (like efficient power consumption) because fabwise, IBM is all about niche markets now.

Would there be a benefit in continuing to develop for multiple architectures? Absolutely. Is IBM interested in being a part of that path? Absolutely not. As far as IBM is concerned, Cell is their future and Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo are their customers. Realistically I have doubts their commitment to Big Iron is any stronger than their commitment to making PCs was.

Edited 2008-06-05 15:50 UTC

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