This time next year, models of Apple’s Macintosh computers will be shipping with Intel processors, and all of the company’s Mac product line will be using the chips by the end of 2007.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs broke the news yesterday at his keynote address at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco.
The move comes as a blow to IBM, who had been supplying PowerPC processors for the Macintosh computers.
At the conference, Apple previewed a version of its operating system, Mac OS X Tiger, running on an Intel-based Mac to the over 3,800 developers attending CEO Steve Jobs’ keynote address.
Apple also announced the availability of a Developer Transition Kit, consisting of an Intel-based Mac development system along with preview versions of Apple’s software, which will allow developers to prepare versions of their applications which will run on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs. The Developer Transition Kit is available starting today for $999.
Intel also plans to provide development tools support for Apple later this year, including a C/C++ Compiler, a Fortran Compiler, Math Kernel Libraries and its Integrated Performance Primitives.