Nov 9, 2005

Pieces Fall into Place for Intel-Apple

Source: eWeek
Written By John G. Spooner and Daniel Drew Turner

Apple Computer Inc.’s plan to move to Intel Corp.’s processors appears to be coming together.

New Intel platforms are just around the corner, while Apple’s Mac OS X for Intel processor machines has been brought up to speed, according to developers.

Apple has even moved to trademark Rosetta, the company’s software solution for running existing PowerPC-based applications on Intel-based Macs, according to an application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Thus, with all of the components it needs to offer the machines apparently at its fingertips, the Cupertino, Calif. company should be on track to begin offering its first Intel-based systems as soon as early 2006.

The company said last June that it would begin the transition away from its current PowerPC processors to Intel’s x86 chips by June 2006 and complete it by June 2007.

Many took the statement to mean it would begin moving over its consumer products and notebooks first, followed later by its Power Mac desktop line for professionals.

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