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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When an x86 isn't an x86...
by Tom Eisenmenger on Wed 8th Jun 2005 03:20 UTC

Everyone's thinking Apple will be building near-PC clones after the switch. I suspect this assumption is incorrect. Instead, I anticipate an x86 architecture quite different from the standard Dell fare. Apple has always seen one of its advantages as being able to tightly integrate the OS with the hardware. This won't be possible if they simply adapt OS X to the standard PC architecture.

While it is correct to say that the G5 is (in most respects) a superior chip to the P4, Jobs noted in his keynote address that there was some unspecified future development on the Intel roadmap that eclipsed IBM's coming offerings. I suspect we're talking multicore processors - IBM's Cell chip would probably present many of the same challenges Apple would face moving to Intel so it was a good time for them to consider a switch.