Originally Posted by chadisawesome
they already have to write code in universal binary to be used on intel and powerpc chips... are they going to now need to write code in universal tertiary?
This doesn't seem to have anything to do with processor architecture -- and there is no reason for Apple to jump ship to AMD for processors. AMD's processors
are simply sub-par to Intel right now in every aspect of Apple's market. If they are changing anything it will be the chipset used to support the processor, and I can't even begin to speculate in what potential that could offer. I suppose wonderful things could happen, or it could be mediocre. Something significant must be happening, though, for it to be associated with the statement made about 'a product people can't complete with'. It has to be a marketable
change for that to matter. Apple won't be changing the computer world by changing a chipset, even if it is incredible (and could be great for us), because that is not one of the important marketable aspects of the computer.
Whatever it is, I can't imagine Apple will be breaking compatibility at this point.
Originally Posted by Booga
Is anyone else rolling their eyes and saying "here we go again?" Apple tried going their own way for years, and mostly what they got out of it was being slower than the competition and having serious supply constraints. If this article is true, I wouldn't want to be long on Apple.
Same as mentioned above. I'm not sure how people are getting out of the article that Apple is going to be forging ahead with a PPC->Intel type transition again. That wouldn't make sense anyway! It is the adoption of familiar
technology that is doing so many wonderful things for their platform right now. Anything proprietary (in the sense that it breaks compatibility) at this point will probably be received harshly. Apple's got too good a thing going right now.
Paying to use Intel processors with custom architecture, though, opens up the doors for Apple to innovate on the motherboard in ways that the world has never imagined. That
could be significant. This might have absolutely nothing to do with the direction in which Apple is headed -- and the article doesn't give any real information about that either -- but anything that allows them to employ their innovation in a new aspect is generally a good thing.