I had to step away from the reality distortion field that engulfed Moscone West and think about one of the biggest moves Apple has ever made. Switching from PowerPC to Intel is the heart transplant that makes the head spin.
OS X is the brains. And our suspicions were confirmed today that Apple’s brilliant OS has been running on Intel all along. To prove this point, Steve’s entire keynote demo had Intel inside.
I’ve got to hand it to Apple. They seem ready for this transition. Xcode 2.1 can compile the universal binaries right now that enable apps to run on both Intel and PowerPC processors. They have a developer kit ready to go for $1,000 that includes all the tools you’ll need to start developing for the next generation of Apple computers. The kit even includes an Intel-powered Mac. And as always, Steve’s arguments for the change were persuasive.
As I sit at my desk over a mile away from Moscone West, far enough away from the reality distortion field to digest this logically (I hope), I can’t help thinking that this is a good move. Mac users haven’t seen the 3 Ghz PowerMac or the G5 PowerBook that they’ve yearned for. What’s arguably the world’s best operating system deserves maximum horsepower.
What a year 2006 will be. We’ll not only see Longhorn running on Intel, but OS X too. Should I be thinking now about partitioning my hard drive?