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I was just interested on the members take on Apple switching over to the Intel chipset? ?

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Apple on Intel

I think you'll find that it's just commercial posturing. Now that the G5 is being used in so many other computers and games consoles, Apple are just reminding IBM that they should not take Apple's custom for granted and that they should pay attention to Apple's needs. I don't think there's any chance they'll switch to Intel.

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Apple on Intel

They are definately switching. And I personally am all for it. I'm a die-hard Mac fan-boi but there are somethings that are good on windows. Games, testing websites for IE6. Just think, I can have an Intel Mac with 2 hard drives and boot OSX and XP (or Longoverdue if it comes out). For any computing task I would need to do. Hopefully, the macs will be a little cheaper too if Intel can provide less expensive chips because of the amount they currently produce.

IBM was failing to live up to their end of the deal. No G5 Powerbook chips yet. Apple had to do something.

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Apple on Intel

Looks like you're right and I'm out-of-touch by a week!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4612951.stm

I don't care what chips they use as long as the software continues to run as stably and as long as the Mac in general remains such a joy to use. I hate having to use my PC but again, I don't care what chip it's got - I hate it because of the way that Windows works (or not).

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Apple on Intel

Be clear, though, that that doesn't mean OSX on your PC. Mac will still make sure other things in the chipset besides the processor will lock the platform to the OS and vice versa.

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Linux???

Could this also mean running Linux on the Mac. I mean they are pretty close with the BSD Clone (Oh wait I'm sorry OS X)

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Apple on Intel

I'm suspicious about the switch because of my distant past experience with Apple's move from the 604/604e chips to G3s. Apple made it so a 2 year old computer couldn't be updated to the then current OS (OS 9). Much later, the backwards compatibility was extended to my 604e based Mac. So much later that I had stopped following Mac news and only learned this as recently as a year ago. (I still use that computer with OS 8.6)

I won't go into the ADB, parallel, and SCSI issues.

So suffice it to say, I'm glad I'm not in the market right now for a new Edsel, I mean OS X Mac. Wink

There's an interesting article about how Apple may plan to lock out non-Apple intel chips. The interesting thing is about "digital rights protection" on the Intel chips. Perhaps this more than anything is behind Apple's motives?

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2005/06/13/apple_tpm_osx_intel/

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