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Apple to Switch Macs to Intel Chips

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In a risky move that could further shrink its minuscule slice of the PC market, Apple Computer Inc. announced plans Monday to switch its Macintosh computers to the same Intel Corp. chips used in systems that run Microsoft Windows.

Apple, which for years suggested its users "Think Different," will join all other PC makers in using microprocessors built on the x86 architecture. The technology took root when IBM launched its first PC in 1981 and eventually turned Apple into a niche player.

"Our goal is to provide our customers with the best personal computers in the world, and looking ahead Intel has the strongest processor roadmap by far," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "It's been ten years since our transition to the PowerPC, and we think Intel's technology will help us create the best personal computers for the next ten years."

Jobs said Apple will begin offering Macs with Intel processors by June 2006 and will switch its entire product line by the end of 2007.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.

UPDATE: args! /. beat me!!! Anyway, if you haven't seen their submitted post, they link to the Keynote er..notes. Big Grin Here!

Linux

I wonder how this is going to affect Linux usage. Most poeple moved to Linux to get away from crappy MS products. Mac OS is safe and secure and looks great.

OS X won't be available

After Jobs' presentation, Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller addressed the issue of running Windows on Macs, saying 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," he said. "We won't do anything to preclude that."

However, Schiller said the company does not plan to let people run Mac OS X on other computer makers' hardware. "We will not allow running Mac OS X on anything other than an Apple Mac," he said.

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So, I don't see it doing much of anything to Linux.

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