Apples Intel Switch Implications


As most of you have probably already heard Steve Jobs announced today that Apple will be making the move from the IBM PowerPC line of processors to Intel based processors. Now you can already find tons of info on the announcement all over the internet.

Meres a few links

http://www.tuaw.com/2005/06/06/keynote-video-today/
http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2005/06/20050606143135.shtml
http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=329010

What I’m more interested in are the implications this has for the computer industry as a whole.
Will Apples move spur developers to port more software to Linux/BSD as they now have the combined market share of both Apple and *NIX.
If the rumors of Apple and ATI’s Game Development Division/OpenGL Initiative are true this could mean the porting of more games to the OS X/*NIX platform.
In general this change although a little painful for Apple developers at the onset may work to apples advantage in the way of software availability. Although Apple has no plans to let you run OS X on your Dell (or any other machine not made by Apple for that matter) Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller had this to say on the matter of running MS Windows on your Mac “there are no plans to sell or support Windows on an Intel-based Mac. That doesn’t preclude someone from running it on a Mac. They probably will, We won’t do anything to preclude that.” (sic).

This could be the turning point that takes control away from Microsoft and spreads it out amongst all the current “mainstream” operating systems.

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