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June 07, 2005

Apple-Intel alliance

The obvious consequence of yesterday's announcement that Apple will migrate its platform to Intel processors over the next two years has one major consequence as far as I'm concerned:

The dual-processor G5 that I had planned to buy next year will not be bought next year, because I don't want to find myself at a technological dead end a year later. And the planned iBook G4 suddenly looks a lot less necessary than it did only two days ago.

I've gone through three processor/OS architecture changes, and each involved lengthy periods of working with tediously slow emulation layers and forced software upgrades that solely happened to stay compatible, NOT for the (usually totally unnecessary) new features. Announcing another architecture change just when it looked that things would finally be stable for the foreseeable future is putting a very serious strain on my relationship with Apple.

If I weren't such a design freak and bought Apple computers mostly because the competition's hardware and OSs are so butt ugly, I swear that this would be the time to defect to Linux.

Posted by Horst on June 7, 2005 05:05 PM to the body electric | Tell-a-friend
Josh Cogliati said on June 8, 2005 02:48 PM:

I am annoyed at a few things about the announcement. First, Apple is not saying how long they will continue to make Mac OSX updates available for PPC. Second, so far as I can tell they are switching to Pentium level architecture, not say AMD64 (er, x86-64). Emulating the 32 registers PPC architecture with 4 registers will be painful (and they are not even going to emulate altivec or G4 and G5 instructions). Lastly, why are they switching as opposed to supporting both?

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