The x86 Apple machines are around the corner

I believe that in Macworld in January 2/3s of the full Mac hardware line will be replaced, at once. Among those it will be the G5s and the Minis and the Powerbooks.

This ( is only one indication, but the reason why I believe it to be true, is simple: creating a new x86 machine only takes a few weeks of design and testing. It has a well-known recipe, and Intel is there to help both with the hardware and the software side of things.

Creating a Mac on the other hand is much more painstaiking, because there is only Apple and a couple of others that know how to put together such a machine. Let alone the chipset troubles that Apple themselves has to solve each time.

As for Mac OS X, the x86 version is nearly there. I knew for years that Marklar existed, it only needs some polishing right now and bug fixing.

One thing is for sure: Apple is on the march to deliver x86 Macs by January, not by June as Jobs promised. Jobs mentioned June as a fail safe date.

So, I hope you put some money aside to get a new x86 Mac this January. IF the new x86 Powerbooks are also 64bit (not OSX, just the CPU), I am going to be replacing my first generation 12″ Powerbook 867 Mhz. I want to buy one with a 64bit CPU in it just in case Apple has such a mandatory requirement in a few years for their OS or libraries. I tend to keep my hardware for a long time, so I don’t want to end up with an unsupported Mac in only 2-3 years time.

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