Apple has announced plans to deliver models of its Macintosh computers using Intel microprocessors by this time next year, and to transition all of its Macs to using Intel microprocessors by the end of 2007.
The announcement came during the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference today, where Apple previewed a version of its Mac OS X Tiger, running on an Intel-based Mac to the over 3,800 developers attending CEO Steve Jobs’ keynote address.
The company 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.
“Our goal is to provide our customers with the best personal computers in the world, and looking ahead Intel has the strongest processor roadmap by far,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “It’s been ten years since our transition to the PowerPC, and we think Intel’s technology will help us create the best personal computers for the next ten years.”
Microsoft showed its commitment to the user based by confirming that a version of Microsoft Office for the Mac will support both PowerPC and Intel processors. Roz Ho, general manager of Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit promised to work closely with Apple to achieve this.
The Developer Transition Kit is available for US$999 to all Apple Developer Connection Select and Premier members. Intel plans to provide development tools support for Apple later this year, including the Intel C/C++ Compiler for Apple, Intel Fortran Compiler for Apple, Intel Math Kernel Libraries for Apple and Intel Integrated Performance Primitives for Apple.