John Dvorak is at it again. He writes, “Apple must go with Intel or risk its future. I’ll explain why. (Mac users should actually like this column, for a change.) I see an opportunity for Apple to take the entire market – away from Microsoft, that is. The window is open. Much of this initiative, I believe, will come from Intel.”
Throughout, Dvorak’s bias that Apple is on the brink of demise underlays the foundation for his “theory” that goes like this:
– “Intel would love to screw Microsoft… and get the world back on the Intel/Itanium fast track.”
– “Apple must drool thinking about the other 95 percent of the market – the part it doesn’t own.”
– “Apple has to act boldly – and soon.” (Because Apple is always on the brink of disaster in John’s world).
– “Late 2003/early 2004: Apple ports and optimizes the Unix-kernel OS X for the Itanium.”
– “2004: Apple rolls out another version of the OS for the plain x86 family, selling that version directly to any OEM (Dell, HP, IBM, and others) for bundling.”
– “Late 2004 or sometime in 2005: Just as Apple’s new OS begins to populate the x86 market, Apple rolls out its own x86 machine.”
Dvorak concludes, “There is no doubt that a MacIntel machine could supplant the Wintel platform. And most likely, the entire hungry Linux community could port all the x86 Linux code to the MacIntel OS within weeks, creating a huge flood of good products. Adobe and other Mac products already run x86 code. This whole ploy is not like starting from scratch. Everything is already geared for success. The ducks are in a row. Right now, all things being equal, Apple should be able to grab half the market for operating systems. If it’s as aggressive as Microsoft was with Netscape and essentially gives away the OS to the installed base, Apple could possibly knock Microsoft out of the box completely.”
Read the entire thing for yourself here.