Apple Computer’s move from PowerPC to Intel processors was a necessity, according to John Dvorak. Dvorak writes or PC Magazine, “This is the future of Apple if it’s going to survive as a computer maker.”
“In the short term, the problem for Apple is not to kill its sales during the transitional market. In other words, what happens to the left-over PowerPC machines? The company got through this once before when it switched from the 68000 to the PowerPC. It did it with add-on cards, specifically the Power Macintosh Upgrade card. So I expect a similar product this time. Still, this process is going to be bumpy, but with iPod and iTunes mania propping up the company, this is the exact right time to do this. The company can weather any storms in the process,” Dvorak writes. “When it comes out the other end Apple should be stronger, although some of the Mac mystique will wane. Personally I think that will be the biggest benefit. And so much for the supposed superiority of the PowerPC.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The Mac’s mystique has very little to do with the processor, as the switch from the 68000 to the PowerPC proved. The Mac’s mystique is the Mac operating system, which, if anything, grew stronger after transitioning from the Classic Mac OS to Mac OS X. That’s what these people will never be able to grasp, it seems; it’s not pretty cases or exotic processors, it’s the OS, stupid. But, you have to really use one to understand.
“More than even the processor, more than even the hardware innovations that we bring to the market, the soul of a Mac is its operating system and we’re not standing still.” – Steve Jobs, WWDC 2005 Keynote, June 6, 2005
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