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30 June 2005 @ 09:35 pm
I'm Shocked!  

Shocked, I tell you. All these years I've been thinking of "Intel Inside" as a warning label (a lot like "Mr. Yuck"), and now I discover that Apple is switching to Intel chips…

A guy doesn't hardly know what to believe any more.

Current Mood: shockedshocked
Current Music: :
Truckcheesetruck on July 1st, 2005 07:34 am (UTC)
It's only to adjust for cost, it ain't nohow permanent.

(Besides, Xbox 360 is using PPC. This is a lateral move to avoid association with crap.)
gomeza on July 1st, 2005 03:26 pm (UTC)
It's little to do with cost, and everything to do with laptops. The PPC adaptations of full-scale Power technology is simply an unsustainable path, due to the ratio of heat dissipation and power consumption to speed. The efficiency situation of the G5 is so dire that Apple was forced to develop the first mainstream desktop machine with an actively pumped water cooling system.

Because of that, I believe there will never, ever, be a G5 Mac laptop, and yet Apple MUST remain in the laptop business, and must release something new in their premium laptop line. There is one obvious choice.
Marybraider on July 1st, 2005 11:56 am (UTC)
*comfort* It'll all be better someday.
gomeza on July 1st, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
My initial reaction was shock and outrage. However, in recent years, I have been forced to admit that the Intel line of chips have become quite reasonable processors with none of the stupid limitations of their predecessors. There are operations and types of processing that Intel chips do much better than PPC chips, and vice versa. Both have their strengths and weaknesses. To the developer, it hardly matters any more, because almost no programmer works with "the bare metal" any more - all development is done with compilers and high level code writing tool kits, API's, and so forth, which take your code and make it run as efficiently as possible on the processor you're compiling for.

In any case, and as the article I've linked below points out, it is not the CPU which makes a Mac a Mac. It is the operating system, it is the design, it is the quality of components (which is why Macs still cost more than PCs with comparable performance and yet remain worth every penny of the difference) - all these things make up the Mac user experience.

In his WWDC keynote address, Jobs revealed that Apple has secretly been developing all of their code for Intel chips in parallel with their PPC code path for the past five years, and that X Code and the other developer tools were already ported and ready for an Intel platform. That was a real shocker.

If an Intel Mac existed today, Apple could release MacOS X and all Apple apps and iLife toys immediately.

I think this tech column in the WSJ rather intelligently addresses the revelation: