“I really believe (my speculation here) that recent rumors about AMD’s engineers at the Apple Campus is more than just salespeople, Apple must be working/tweaking on Mac OS X for AMD processors and this is where everything looks interesting for the Mac platform,” Desinformado writes.
At WWDC 2010 in June, “there is nothing to show on the new Mac OS X 10.7 running on AMD this time, so the smarter move is to focus on the iPhone OS, the cash cow and the main force behind the iPhone/iPod Touch and now the iPads,” Desinformado writes.
“But to accomplish the total expansion of Mac OS X to AMD, Apple will need support from AMD directly in order to gain access to the processor technology that will make [sure] OS X flies on those new 6X Core Phenom processors,” Desinformado writes. “AMD provides working prototypes of its latest processors and video cards to guarantee the quicker transition to the PC while AMD automatically profits if Mac OS X runs on any AMD equipped PC… This tme it won’t be just a Mac with AMD inside, it will be Mac OS X running on any pc or at least on certain pcs with Intel or AMD chips.”
Desinformado writes, “Apple is now in a stronger position, not to just clone the mac, but to launch the PC version of Mac OS X because the iPhone and the iPad are generating enough profit to justify this kind of risky move where the only one [it] hurts will be Microsoft .”
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MacDailyNews Take: Maybe somebody (see quote below) was a little bit too early again?
“iPod success paves the way for Mac OS X on X86. People have argued for years for and against the release of Mac OS X on Intel (and AMD) commodity hardware, but Apple derives such a large portion of its revenue from hardware that doing so could potentially damage the company beyond repair. But, what if Apple replaces that lost Mac hardware revenue with iPod revenue? Steve Jobs would then be free to drop what amounts to a hydrogen bomb on Microsoft. Mac OS X that runs on ‘regular’ off-the-shelf x86 hardware. Or partner with a Sony, for example – to ensure quality… Sell enough iPods and the OS war is on again in a big way – and for real this time. Steve Jobs knows this and that’s why, right now, iPod is much more important than Mac hardware to Apple.” – SteveJack, MacDailyNews, March 04, 2004