It's official! Apple is moving to Intel chips

June 6, 2005

OS X on Intel According to the live coverage at MacRumors, Steve Jobs is on stage right now with Paul Otellini announcing that Apple is going to start using x86 based chips.

This might be really exciting. I wonder if this means that in the future, users will be able to run OS X on all x86 machines. If that happened, Apple would be bringing a desktop OS competitor to Microsoft for the first time since OS/2!

As a side bonus, maybe this means that one day I could run OS X on a Thinkpad – assuming Lenovo doesn’t mess them up. Oh, that would be sweet.

But of course, before I get too excited, it remains to be seen whether Apple will lock the OS to run only on Apple hardware. IMO, that would be a serious mistake, but we’ve all seen Apple make worse decisions than that… I wonder if they’ll learn from their previous errors and make the right choice this time πŸ™‚

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  1. Ryan Myers Says:

    Paul Schiller (Apple Senior VP) said after the keynote that they will not allow running Mac OS X on anything other than an Apple Mac — although they have not ruled out allowing their own hardware to dualboot Mac/PC.

  2. markjen Says:

    Ah darn. I can always hold out hope for the hacking community though!

    Once it’s out there, I’m hoping people will find a way to trick the high level OSX bits into thinking I’m using Apple hardware while I’m really running on my T-series πŸ™‚

  3. Dave Andrews Says:

    >I’m hoping people will find a way to trick the high >level OSX bits into thinking I’m using Apple hardware

    Tricking it probably involves writing OS X device drivers for all kinds of arcane PC hardware! 😦

  4. mactheknife Says:

    Apple has always been a *hardware* company. Good as the OS is, they didn’t even charge for it in a serious way until just before OS X. They still make the bulk of their revenue off of hardware (Macs and a growing percentage from iPods). Licensing the OS would put the majority of their revenue at risk of utter collapse, for a tradeoff of possible increases in OS license revenue (probably at steep OEM discounts). I’m not saying it won’t happen, but it seems nearly impossible for a public company to take such a huge risk all at once. Plus, where would Steve be able to get his whizzy hardware designs if he just left all of that work to Dell? πŸ™‚


  5. […] Mark Jen comments on Apple’s move to Intel Chips. He speculates that maybe one day Apple will allow OSX to run on all x86 machines, like IBM did with OS/2. It’s possible Mark may not remember that while OS/2 was superior on paper, it wasn’t that great in practice. It was the outcropping of an aborted attempt at a joint venture between Microsoft and IBM. Microsoft’s outcropping was ultimately Windows NT. […]


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