Steve Jobs cited dissatisfaction with the future of IBM’s PowerPC plans as the major reason. This brings to mind shades of the promise by Jobs (based on assurances by Big Blue) that G5’s would reach 3 Ghz last year, a speed they still haven’t attained.
Jobs assured developers that this transition will be the easiest yet, and that a new technology called Rosetta (possbily linked to Transitive’s QuickTransit technology), will allow for dynamic translation of binaries from one architecture to the other, meaning programs built for PPC won’t need to be completely rewritten.
Only time will tell how wise a move this is, but given Job’s track record I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.
It is hard for a life long Mac User to get used to the idea of an Intel CPU running my Mac, but so long as the quality of the system lives up to the high standards us Apple fans (fanatics?) have, I can live with it. It’s a little weird, but I can live with it.
But as Dane said to me in an IM conversation:
“so long as they don’t go slapping that lame ass Intel inside logo on mac hardware”