Apple Computers have historically chosen the Motorola chipset as the only option for running the Apple OS. Apart from a brief experiment over ten years ago when Apple ported itâ€™s Mac OS to Intel the status quo has remained. All that is set to change over the next few years according to a new â€˜Switchâ€™ campaign â€“ the Wall Street Journal reports. The move will see the first Intel-based Macs appearing appearing next year with the full migration taking several years. Since the appearance of OS X, the reluctance to port the Apple OS to other chips has baffled many as the price and performance gap between the two schools has become narrower. What this will bring to us consumers is of course the price, Apple being seen as a premium purchase due to the exclusivity of itâ€™s hardware. Porting all this to Intel will surely mean lower prices for us all, although we donâ€™t expect that future Apple OS releases will run on non Apple hardware, just a different chipset.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the chips may initially be used in Apple's lo-end Mac-Mini line before it makes a transition to more powerful machines.
The timetable has now been anounced - the first machines will be available this time next year, with the entire range of machines to Intel scheduled for 2007.
The â€˜Switchâ€™ announcement was made at today at the Apple Developer Convention in San Francisco. Developer kits are now available for the developers to get their code in order - poor coders everywhere who've just finished carbonising their plug-ins are probably not looking forward to the next 12 months.