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Apple Watch: WWDC, and Intel Rumor Yet Again
Sunday, 2005 June 5 - 6:20 pm
Now it's News.Com claiming that a switch to Intel is imminent for Apple.

Citing unnamed sources, CNET's News.Com reported Friday that Apple will announce a switch to Intel microprocessors at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday.

There is widespread skepticism about this, and I still remain on the side of the doubters. If there is some sort of alliance between Intel and Apple, it's difficult to imagine that it will involve Apple abandoning the PowerPC platform and moving to x86. It would be easier to conceive of Intel producing a PowerPC-compatible CPU, or of Apple using Intel chips in other ways (as embedded controllers for iPods, for WiMAX networking, etc.). A shift to x86 just seems like a bad idea for countless reasons.

I hope there's some word-eating that happens tomorrow.

As for other WWDC predictions, I just don't know. An updated iBook seems very likely, but otherwise, the rumor sites have been pretty mum. I'd expect something to further the "Year of High Definition" theme that Steve Jobs introduced at the beginning of the year. More widescreen portables? An HD video camera? An HD home entertainment device? We should find out tomorrow.
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Comment #1 from Ken (realkato)
2005 Jun 6 - 1:43 pm : #
Confirmation coming now... Apple WILL be using Intel processors of some kind...
Comment #2 from Ken (realkato)
2005 Jun 6 - 1:52 pm : #
So I'm the one eating my words.

They've been working on this just-in-case scenario for the last five years, building every release of Mac OS X for Intel. Today's Mac OS X 10.4 demonstration was done on an Intel-based Mac! And Steve is using the words "recompile" and "tweak", meaning it's x86 Intel after all.
Comment #3 from Ken (realkato)
2005 Jun 6 - 1:54 pm : #
I'll have a full article on all this tonight...
Comment #4 from Speaker (Guest)
2005 Jun 6 - 3:41 pm : #
gah, why are they doing this? I'm a PC user, but PowerPC is more powerful than x86, is it not?

i say again, GAH!

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