RUMOR: Apple planning Mac OS X ‘Tiger’ release for x86 PCs?

“In 2001, Transitive Technologies demonstrated a technology called ‘Dynamite’ which allowed code written for one CPU to be run efficiently on another CPU. This “translator” was said to dynamically translate and accelerate binaries — claiming to provide substantial performance over traditional “emulators”. Recent numbers claim 80% performance matching,” ‘arn’ writes for MacRumors.

“According to an unconfirmed report, there is evidence that Apple has had special internal seeds of Tiger which support this technology for the x86 platform. Beyond allowing Tiger to run on x86, perhaps more significantly is the potential to also allow existing Mac OS X applications to be run on the x86 (PC) platform without recompilation. Otherwise, requiring developers to recompile all current Mac OS X applications has been seen as a major hurdle in providing Mac OS X on the PC,” ‘arn’ writes. “Other arguments against such a transition would, of course, still hold. Apple has traditionally been a hardware company, with the bulk of revenue coming from Mac hardware. The past few years, however, has seen software become a larger portion of their revenue.”

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MacDailyNews Take: “Dynamite?” If Apple did release Mac OS X ‘Tiger’ for x86, “Hydrogen Bomb” would be more like it for the PC industry. Everything would change. As MacDailyNews’ own SteveJack explained nearly a year ago, iPod does much to help free up Apple’s dependence on Mac hardware revenues to explore more radical opportunities such as this idea. See related article below.

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iPod success opens door to Mac OS X on Intel – March 04, 2004


  1. help me understand this. I thought the reason (or one of) our macs run so beautifully is that the OS only has to work with one set of hardware. and the problem (among many) for windoze is that it has to work with a million graphic cards, a million this, a million that and that to accomodate all those….windoze sucks.

    so how will this work, and still be the OS we know and love?

  2. Although having OS 10.4 run on x86 would significantly increase the number of Mac OS users, I feel it would also dilute the brand. There would be little need to buy a Apple hardware based computer and I don’t think it would be good for Apple’s UNIX reliability based on how cheap and unstable PC hardware is on low end machines like Dell.

    That’s just what I think. But I’m betting most Mac users would see this as selling out to PC users and forgeting about us Mac people. *cough* iPods with USB 2 cables *cough*

  3. Oh please — I am sure Apple has this technology and has internal builds of OS X that run on Intel hardware, but with the horrendously chaotic architecture that makes up an Intel-based PC, WHY WOULD APPLE WANT TO OPEN THAT CAN OF WORMS? So their tech support people can be swamped with calls saying that “your OS crashes my no-name PC with a video card I bought at a garage sale for $3!”

    I don’t think so. Take a look at iPod/iTunes — Apple controls the whole ball of wax. Same with the Mac. Same with Apple’s new retail division. Jobs has ALWAYS believed that the experience is the thing — the only way to control the whole experience is to build the hardware to run the software correctly.

    Can we put this “Mac OS on Intel” crap to rest?

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