What does Apple’s announcement about the move to Intel processors mean?
With Apple’s announcement that they will be switching from the IBM PowerPC chip to Intel at the Worldwide Developers Conference last week, many people have been wondering what impact this change will have on the Mac. From our point of view, there is a lot of good news in regards to this announcement. First of all, this move reinforces Apple’s commitment to remaining a market leader in all aspects of the Mac platform. It had become abundantly clear that IBM was not able to keep up with the performance increases users have come to demand. On laptops, for instance, Intel simply has much better technology when it comes to low-heat processors; IBM simply wasn’t able to produce the G5 chip in a form factor that would work in a portable computer. In addition, this is a marriage that really helps both Apple and Intel. Intel has been wedged between two 800 pound gorillas: Microsoft and Dell, and none of them are particularly fond of any of the others. So Intel’s ability to innovate has been ham