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Well, the cat's out of the bag - Jobs has confirmed in his WWDC keynote speech that the first Intel-based Mac will be shipping next June, with the lineup transitioned by June 2007. The demos on stage have been on OS X running on a 3.6GHz P4.

And 10.5 will be known as "Leopard".
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yeah, all the rumour sites and forums have been going mad over all the different possibilities of what could happen and whether this change is for better or worse. I’ve been following the news for a little while now but just for the sake of knowing everything for sure I had been waiting until something like a transcript of Job’s keynote or a recording of it is put up on the net.

Hopefully this is a move for the better, IBM didn’t manage to keep their promises on the G5, the development being far too slow etc., and with all it’s thermal problems there was no way that we were going to see it in a PowerBook .

I am going to put off my Mac purchase for a little while. The PPC architecture is very good but I don’t want to be on the architecture that is on the way out, I can wait. I would also like to see something better than a P4 in the boxes that they eventually put out.
Intel is fine. That's a hardware thing, and mac has always been good with the design of thier hardware, but those Motorola chips wern't ever that great (to slow and hot).

Now if mac moves over to licensing Microsoft to write thier OS, then I'm going back to using just a pen and paper for everything.
Well, the recent stuff (the G5s, aka PPC970) was IBM's work, rather than Motorola (now Freescale, since their spinoff from said former parent company) - but yes, while the 970 performs well, they probably Steved themselves when they assured Jobs of 3GHz within a year, and only delivered 2.5GHz, now edging up to 2.7GHz. And there just didn't seem to be any way of getting a G5 into a PowerBook - and there's probably the largest bone of contention, given the rising importance of laptops in the general market (as with that announcement the other day that laptop sales had exceeded desktops for the first time). Apple's been seeing that for a while, so it'd make sense for the first Intel Macs to be PowerBooks, offering a healthy speed bump - or at least, clock speed.

No chance of OS X going, thankfully. And it sounds like Apple's in it for the long haul, with PPC and Intel support for some time to come, so my humble menagerie won't be left out of the new fun. (A 400MHz PBG4, a 300MHz original iBook, and a 266MHz PBG3)

I do wonder if either Apple, or some OSS project, might now bring WINE over, to enable simple running of some Windows apps.. and I dare say this'll be a mildly positive thing for games development, given folks like Valve tend to only know Intel assembly. But there's probably great reliance on DirectX rather than OpenGL. Still, it'll be interesting to hear the scuttlebutt in the coming weeks and months.