Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Apple switches to Intel debate...

Let the talking begin...

I guess I should have begun this earlier, but hey, I've been on vacation...

As for the comment on Apple switching to Intel chips, I think this joint venture is in step for Apple. They have switched chip families before, from Motorola's 68000 chips to PowerPC (IBM and Motorola's joint venture). That was about 10 years ago, and to stay competitive in the PC market, things need to make another shift, even if it is a grand one. I think this move is a few years overdue...

Being one that owns an Apple laptop, I, for one would sure like a hot to trot G5 laptop, but the PowerPC chip reportedly can't deliver the power and speed required within low-power-usages of laptops. Sidenote, imagine sitting yoru laptop on your lap to work, and as soon as you open Word, or better yet, Photoshop tooo! the laptopstarts to glow and burn your legs. Laptops affecting your sperm count is no longer an issue here. Thems sperm are most likely dead in the water.

To be honest, I am not sure if the switch from PowerPC to Intel chips will give Macs a larger share in the personal PC market, but I am sure this will help programmers trifold as they develop programs and one day in the future, maybe make ALL things Mac compatible! Oh to dream!

10 comments:

CBSpaceCowboy said...

I'm not sure what to think about Apple switching to Intel. It can be a good thing, and a bad thing. But I'm going to try and think positive and say that this switch is a good thing.

nathan said...

On the front page of slashdot is an article about howto convert a mac to an x86 http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/06/08/1725255&from=rss

Marcus said...

I don't know enough about Macs themselves to judge either way. I prefer OS X over Windows, so if I can run it on a cheaper PC, I'll be happy.

Brent said...

Yep... I think this will be a good thing. I for one think that Apple can more than hold it's own with OSX verses Windows. Some of the reasons large corporations haven't switched to a more stable and secure OS are several fold... in fact the adage that no one ever got fired for recommending IBM comes to mind. All the vertical market software and hardware systems which run on X86 systems is huge. Card key systems and small file servers locked in closets. This on top of the giant hard ware investment and investment in WIndows certifications. If Apple OS could run on existing hardware I think a big change would take place. Now that's not to say that I wouldn't buy Apple hardware. I think the Powerbook is the best laptop on the market today. John C. Dvorak, who I've been reading his columns since the 1986, seems to think this is long overdue just like you Chi-Lan.

Only time will tell... one thing for certain, Microsoft will not go gracefully... and they have very deep pockets. I can see the winner to be the computer user in general.

Brent said...

Well I just got through watching Jobs in his developer conference presentation. Avail on the Apple Site. I also heard one developer say that OSX was only going to run on Apple Hardware and that Windows won't run on Apple Hardware.

I am looking forward to getting a new Powerbook in a year or so that will be twice as fast as my 1.25 model I have now... it is fast but it will be 2 years old by then...

Rick said...
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Rick said...

Apple has built laptops by taking the Gx chips and *overclocking* them in order to get the speeds they need, hence the lap melting issue.

Considering that laptops have outsold desktop PC's this year AND Intel has a *much* better product roadmap that includes DRM, this is a really smart move for them.

And IBM won't hurt. They'll make 10x more of the processors for the NexGen consoles than they would have for Mac's anyway.

--Rick Dobbs

Brent said...

Yep, Rick you are correct. I see more and more Windows users becoming disenchanted with the number of viruses and spyware programs they must fend off. I am one of them. Mac users used to be considered "Artsy Fartsy" but as more serious non-graphic computer users are finding how nice it is to not worry about becoming infected just by going to a website. Most of the software with some exceptions is also a little bit better written on Mac OS. WIth the introduction of Spotlight in Tiger more computer users are starting to pay less attention to hierarchical folders and place work wherever it is convenient.

One nice feature is the built in OS-Wide spelling checker. I can even check spelling while typing in Chi-Lan's blog. Microsoft should have had this feature in Windows 3.1. Microsoft has gotten so big they are very slow because of bureaucracy to get anything fixed quickly, and all they can do is copy instead of innovate. They have the lion's share of the OS market and very deep pockets so only time will tell.

Brent said...

I found these pictures of Chi and her friends while in India with Sumi Das for the release of the new Indian version of Windows "Hindows" . .he he

http://www.lowwatermusic.com/pages/stills.html

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