Apple to Use Intel Microprocessors Beginning in 2006
WWDC 2005, SAN FRANCISCO–June 6, 2005–At its Worldwide Developer
Conference today, Apple 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. Apple previewed a version of its critically acclaimed 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.
“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.”
“We are thrilled to have the world’s most innovative personal computer
company as a customer,” said Paul Otellini, president and CEO of Intel.
“Apple helped found the PC industry and throughout the years has been known
for fresh ideas and new approaches. We look forward to providing advanced
chip technologies, and to collaborating on new initiatives, to help Apple
continue to deliver innovative products for years to come.”
“We plan to create future versions of Microsoft Office for the Mac that
support both PowerPC and Intel processors,” said Roz Ho, general manager of
Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit. “We have a strong relationship with
Apple and will work closely with them to continue our long tradition of
making great applications for a great platform.”
“We think this is a really smart move on Apple’s part and plan to create
future versions of our Creative Suite for Macintosh that support both
PowerPC and Intel processors,” said Bruce Chizen, CEO of Adobe.
The Developer Transition Kit is available starting today for $999 to all
Apple Developer Connection Select and Premier members. Further information
for Apple Developer Connection members is available at developer.apple.com.
Intel plans to provide industry leading 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.
Intel (www.intel.com), the world’s largest chip maker, is also a leading
manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products.
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple
II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh.
Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its
award-winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system, and
iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital
music revolution with its iPod portable music players and iTunes online