Here’s the beginning of what I wrote for The Independent’s Network page (as it was) - and, get this, it was 10 April 2000. So you think you were early with the Intel story…?
Late last week, Apple Computer released an operating system product that runs on PowerPC chips. And also Intel chips. Intriguing, isn’t it, that the company which has from its inception used Motorola processors should be writing software to run on the chips that normally run Windows - and, increasingly, Linux.
What it might mean is that in a few years from now you’ll be able to buy PCs which run Apple’s next-generation operating system, MacOS X. You might even be able to buy just the operating system and run it on your present PC.
More likely, you could buy an iMac in the future and discover somewhere in the small print that it had an Intel or AMD chip powering it, rather than a Motorola/IBM PowerPC chip. Not that you’d notice any difference.
For a moment let’s leave the question of “Why?” and deal with the question of “How?” The product released last week is Darwin 1.0, and Apple calls it the “operating system core” of MacOS X, due for release (on PowerPC chips) later this summer.
Give me a spare hour or so and I’ll mark it up… but not tonight.
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