Nevertheless, Steve Jobs hinted in the strongest possible way last week that after all had moved to OSX, in 2003 it might just be conceivable that this operating system could be ported to an X86 architecture.
As OS News reports, this would more likely be the architecture AMD will start shoving out the door towards the end of this year, colloquially known as the Hammer family.
One of Apple's problems is that the faster processors in both Intel-based and AMD-based PCs are kicking butt in applications like Photoshop and Jobs, whether he likes it or not, is being dragged into the Megahurts Wars.
We know that AMD pretends it's not in these Megahurts Wars anymore, and sometimes even Intel has a go at saying performance isn't everything, but the truth is that big numbers appeal when you're shelling out money.
If Apple is talking to AMD, and at the moment this is just sheer speculation, it could actually benefit both companies big time. AMD still seeks to increase its market share against Intel and for Apple it would solve one or two problems with the PowerPC architecture that its partners seem unable to fix.
And who said Jobs has to use PowerPC chips anyway? The PC market isn't known for being hide bound by tradition - unless that is you count Microsoft deciding to keep the price of its OS up there while all around it component makers are slicing and dicing prices. Will it happen? Probably not. But maybe it should. µ
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