Originally posted by Altivec_2.0
I don't know about anyone else, but I would buy a Dual 2.5Ghz Dual core PowerMac before I would ever consider buying one from intel.
man, i hate the idea apples switching to intel could have been at least AMD....sad
They will use AMD. Not right away though.
Remember, Apple is/was used to controlling almost everything, hard and soft. It's only been in the last decade that they stopped using proprietary interfaces (NuBus, ADB, etc.) When they dropped SCSI in favor of ATA, that was a clear signal. Then we got USB (an Intel technology!!), and more and more "standardization." The whole ADC thing was a weird backstep (even if it is a cool technology that I like), but one that was doomed.
I've said this before, but I may as well say it again.
Apple announced "Intel-only" and "OS X only on Macs" because it is being prudent. They want to be able to make sure that OS X is ultra stable in x86. My guess is that during the transition, (roughly March 06 - July 07), they will begin "certifying" various hardware with a "Works with Macs" logo program (or even "Designed for Macs"
!). Mostly these will be various PCIe cards. And their drivers will be available from Apple (apple.com and SWU) or the manufacturer. Within 12 months of the switch, Apple will begin offering AMD chips as well. The Mac will be indistinguishable from an Intel box, except that the Apple's will be much more elegant. Then the magic moment will come when the "OS X only on Macs" will go away. The new switcher box will go from being a Mac mini ($499) to being a box of OS X ($129) installed on a Dell.
What about the need for hardware dollars? Well I for one don't see Apple's revenue falling. Perhaps lots of people will buy Dells or DIY boxen and a copy of OSX. Certainly geeks like us will. But the average users like my parents and parents-in-law don't like doing anything weird to their computers. They'll buy Macs with OSX installed. But even if you do see a hardware catastrophe for Apple in terms of CPUs sales on the horizon, Apple will not die. Why? Digital hub, digital spokes, digital lifestyle products of course. The iPod is showing Apple the way. Slightly modified minis (with 5.1 output and HDMI) attached to a 30-inch display or an HDTV, iPods, Airport Express, iSights, (and a remote for it all), iTunes, etc. All linked with iMacs and *Books all over the house. (Stream TV to any one of them.) PowerMacs will be the choice for businesses and artists (graphics, movies, music, etc.) wanting Macs.
When OS X's marketshare begins to grow to 5-10% (which it will), MS will start showing its teeth. Luckily, MS Office is no longer the "killer app" it was in the 90s. Apple is probably just weeks away from being able to annouce a full-blown office suite that would meet the needs of 90% of businesses out there, and would be much more elegant, simple, (and therefore productive) than MS Office. (Not that it will announce one anytime soon. But iWork will get a spreadsheet in its next iteration ('06), and by '07 or '08 it will be a pretty nice piece of software. And by that time, it's only a step away from buffing iWork, Mail, Address Book, iCal, iChat into "Pro" versions, integrating them with Filemaker, and shrinkwrapping the whole thing. Charge a fiver for an unlimited liscence and voila.)
Anyway, the point is this. The Apple we know and love will continue to evolve, the marketplace will change, and blah blah blah. By '08, you'll have your AMD in your Mac.