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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Chip Story: The Intel Mac FAQ, 2006 edition

What you need to know about the transition to Intel chips
By Jason Snell, Macworld

In June 2005, Steve Jobs announced that the Mac would be leaving the PowerPC chip behind for a new generation of Mac systems based on processors made by Intel. For longtime Mac users, that announcement was a psychological shock—half of the former Wintel “evil empire” was now playing on our team. And for Mac developers, the announcement was like the shot from a starting gun: it was time to begin the race to make their programs compatible with Intel processors.

Back then, there were lots of questions about the Intel transition—and precious few answers. Fortunately, now that it’s 2006, the details of the move to Intel are beginning to come into focus. We’ve got our first two Intel Mac systems, the first official Intel-native release of Mac OS X, and even a new Intel chip technology—Core Duo—powering things behind the scenes. As a result, we know much more about the Intel transition—and so should you.

Here, in handy question-and-answer form, is what you need to know about the current state of the Intel-Mac marriage....




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