The news is in and official. Apple will begin to use Intel microprocessors by 2006. Apple also plans to switch all Mac models over to Intel microprocessors by the end of 2007. Probably the biggest shocker of the day is that Steve Jobs presented the 2005 WWDC Keynote on a 3.6GHz Intel-based Mac! In fact, Mac OS X has been developed to run on Intel microprocessors for the past five years! If you are a Mac developer, and have $999 to spare, get the Developer Transition Kit now! The Developer Transition Kit will allow you to create universal versions of your applications which will run on both Intel-based and PPC-based Macs. You can read the live text-based coverage of the 2005 WWDC Keynote here.
Now, one thing that I hope Apple will include with the Intel-based Macs is the ability to select your OS upon boot. Upon starting the computer, the user would be presented with a screen which asked the user to select which OS to start. This would effectively corner the market in Apple’s favor. Why buy a PC and a Mac when you could by a Mac that boots into both Mac OS X and Windows?