“Though the switch from IBM to Intel processors may offend some customers, Apple will probably gain more than it loses,’ David Coursey writes for eWeek. “Phil Schiller, Apple’s marketing boss, explained that the announcement itself wasn’t about Intel machines running Mac operating systems, but about Macs built using Intel processors. That’s an important distinction, because it seems to rule out Mac clones and, probably, dual-boot machines capable of running both Mac OS X and Windows, selectable at start-up.”
MacDailyNews Note: Not so fast. According to CNET, After Jobs’ presentation, Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller addressed the issue of running Windows on Macs, saying there are no plans to sell or support Windows on an Intel-based Mac. “That doesn’t preclude someone from running it on a Mac. They probably will,” he said. “We won’t do anything to preclude that.” However, Schiller said the company does not plan to let people run Mac OS X on other computer makers’ hardware. “We will not allow running Mac OS X on anything other than an Apple Mac,” he said.
Coursey continues, “My bet is that Apple’s move to Intel will result in big improvements to Apple’s product line. This will cause more Windows users to reconsider their platform choice than it will cause Mac users to do the same. If that happens, this could be the first major transition in which Apple actually gains market share.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The very real possibility that Apple ‘Macintel’ Macs will be able to run both Mac OS X and Windows could change everything. See related articles below for more.
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