Monday, June 06, 2005

Is Apple ready to take on Microsoft again?

A Wall Street Journal report has come to fruition: Apple is switching to Intel chips.

As a long-time Mac user, I can only say it's about time. With MacOS now developed on a Unix kernel, they are no longer straddled in neogtiations with chip makers. They needed to ditch IBM years ago, but they couldn't because their entire computer line was tied into a chip technology nobody else uses. My hope is the cost of delivering MacOS to the world will drop, allowing for a real contender in the OS market.

The elegant new iMac G5 and the Mac Mini are shining examples of Apple at its niche best. What they needed to do to streamline the process was to be more competitive in their pricing. This is the kind of thing that might bring a noticeable proliferation of MacOS into an OS market in which it holds less than 5 percent.

Industry analysts and software developers are grinding their teeth, because it's another major shift in what has been a very loose decade for the Cupertino, Calif., company. However, if people buy the machines, third-party beneficiaries will follow.

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