“I have run hot and cold about Apple’s move to Intel. Apple’s got world-class software, tools, and docs. As long as it keeps these assets polished, it’ll stay on my leaderboard. But I do have real concerns. Readers wrote to point out that the comfort I drew from Apple’s sure selection of the Pentium 4 was false. Intel is transitioning Pentium 4 out of its lineup, choosing Pentium M, the mathematically challenged, non-Hyper-Thread Centrino CPU, as the base for desktop designs. My first reaction to the Intel announcement was to say aloud and in polite company, ‘A (bleep)ing Centrino PowerBook? I can’t even imagine a (bleep)ing Centrino Power Mac,'” Tom Yager writes for InfoWorld.
“Readers wrote me to ask whether Apple was quietly keeping the AMD option open. Good question. I wouldn’t expect to see the word ‘Intel’ used where any company with its options open would write ‘x86.’ All of AMD’s press releases and developer documentation refer to Intel-based, not x86-based, Macs. Xcode 2.1, Apple’s latest IDE — which has filled out beautifully, by the way — puts up only two checkboxes for target architectures: PowerPC and Intel. I think we’re stuck,” Yager writes.
“I can’t help but wonder how this move will affect Apple’s server business. More than any other sector Apple has attacked, Apple has gotten its server hardware and software right. A one-page catalog of Unix servers and FC (Fibre Channel) arrays covers everything an SMB or cluster needs. Steve Jobs said zip about servers at the 2005 Worldwide Developers Conference, a fact that I found unsettling. The unofficial word from Apple people I respect is that servers are business as usual, which gives me hope that Xserve is not transitioning from PowerPC to PowerEdge,” Yager writes. “Seriously, I wish that Apple would exempt Xserve and Power Mac from this improvement program. I’d like to be reassured that something better than what Intel is selling to Dell today will replace G5.”
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