Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 6th Jun 2005 22:01 UTC
Editorial Today's confirmation that Apple is going x86 makes today a historic day in the industry. It may mean that Microsoft might see a few percent decline of their market share the next few years, but what about Linux? If Linux were to lose an equal amount of share it would alter its spread to the desktop, a spread that has been very positive so far.
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A lot depends on whether Intel Macs are much cheaper
by Anonymous on Tue 7th Jun 2005 16:19 UTC

The whole of this article collapses either if the Intel Macs aren't significantly cheaper than the PowerPC Macs (or *much* faster than the PowerPC Macs for the same price) or if Windows can't be run on the Intel Macs. I think at least one of these things will happen (most likely that Apple will keep the Intel price close to the PowerPC price).

It should be noted that people use Linux primarily because it's cheap or free and runs on all sorts of hardware architectures - neither can be said of either Windows or Mac OS X. Hence, I don't think Intel Mac OS X will change much in the market compared to PowerPC Mac OS X - to the average user out there, they care about the user interface and the range of apps available...and this will be roughly the same (in fact, initially, it's probably going to be worse on the Intel Macs !). The fact that the CPU will have changed only matters w.r.t. the number of apps available for the new CPU (and with emulation and fat binaries, gaps will soon be filled).

Conclusion: This switch will keep Mac OS X at status quo w.r.t. market share and I don't see mass defections in either direction.