Steve Jobs has just confirmed the rumours during his WWDC keynote. Apple is moving from IBM to Intel. MacObserver has reporters live at the WWDC running an IRC-to-web like updates in near real time of Steve Jobs WWDC keynote.
There has been no wider speculation from both sides — those for and against — in recent Apple history. This ends a 10 year run that Apple had maintained with IBM and starts a new adventure.
Over on MakeYouGoHmm earlier, I wrote about listening to former TechTVer Leo Laporte and PC Mag stalwart, John C. Dvorak debating this last night. Laporte thinks this is suicide for Apple and Dvorak thinks it’s one of the smartest business moves they’ve ever made. Here is some of their exchange on the TWIT podcast #8:
Laporte: “It’s Steve Jobs ultimate act of arrogance.”
Dvorak: “Possibly the biggest thing Apple has done to dominate the market.”
Laporte: “I think we’re going to look at this as the day Apple committed suicide.”
Who will be right? Will this be a good move for Apple or a collosal blunder?
Jobs addressed the sensitive issue of application portability during his keynote by bringing in Theo Gray of Wolfram Research, the makers of the program Mathematica. Gray reports that it took two hours to port their program, saying: “We’re talking about 20 lines of code out of millions from a dead cold start where he didn’t even know why he was going.”
Apple is calling the emulation layer, also known as middleware, “Rosetta” after the Rosetta Stone. They demonstrated Photoshop, Excel, Quicken all compiled and running on the Intel Mac for display.
Now we can all sit and wonder how long before we have a dual boot Windows / Mac OS X? Might be sooner than anybody thinks.