“Apple’s Intel-based Mac development kits have started trickling into developer’s hands, Think Secret has learned. The Apple Development Platform ADP2,1, as the systems are officially designated, features 3.6GHz Pentium 4 processors with 2MB of L2 cache operating on an 800MHz bus with 1GB of RAM,” Ryan Katz reports for Think Secret. “The Intel systems run Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger identically on the surface as ordinary Macs, with the exception of a modified Processor System Preference (from Apple’s CHUD tools) that allows the user to toggle Hyper-Threading on or off.”
“Along with running Mac OS X, Windows XP installs without hitch on the Intel-based Mac, just as it would on any other PC, and booted without issue when installed on an NTFS-formatted partition. The only misbehavior sources encountered involved the video card. Initially, Windows refused to budge from an 800×600 setting on a 23-inch Cinema Display. Some prodding managed to get the screen to 1600×1200, but sources were unable to get Windows to take advantage of the entire screen,” Katz reports. “Apple alluded to developers at its recent Worldwide Developer Conference that Windows should be able to run on Apple’s Intel Macs.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Mac users won’t care about the added ability to run Windows natively, unless they have a Windows-only program they need to run. We wonder how something like AutoCAD would run and how this ability, if this ability remains in shipping Intel-based Macs, would affect Mac use among architects for example. Extrapolate across many disciplines to see how Apple Mac market share could dramatically rise. Potential switchers would have to try mighty hard to justify not to buying an Intel-based Mac (and get Mac OS X, iLife, and Apple Mac-only application capabilities plus Windows and Windows-only apps) instead of a Dell or some other Wintel box assemblers’ machine that can only run Windows.
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