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Apple Makes a Switch of Its Own

So much for all that talk about PowerPC chips "toasting" Pentiums. In a move that stunned Mac fanatics, Apple Computer announced last week that it will migrate its complete line of Macintosh computers to Intel microprocessors over 2 years. The company will ship its first Intel-based Macs in 2006, then complete the transition by late 2007, just in time for Leopard, the next Mac OS X version. To aid in the migration, Apple will provide a software solution called Rosetta that lets Power PC-based software run at reasonable speeds on Intel-based Macs. However, the company expects its developers to ship Intel-compatible applications for the best performance. Big questions remain about how Apple will weather this transition, but give Apple credit for Thinking Different.

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