As we found out at the last Apple World Wide Developers Conference, the Mac is turning Intel. More interesting is that the reason may not be so much current economics, but future Intel processors. From this interesting speculative article on the Inquirer:
According to the Apple announcement, the reason it is switching is “performance per watt”. Steve Jobs showed a graph with PowerPC projected at 15 computation units per watts and Intel’s projected at 70 units per watt. Intel must have figured out a way to reduce power consumption 4 fold. How? […]
We’ll find out what’s in store for the next Intel processors at the Intel Developer’s Conference this August 23rd in San Francisco. The rumors that the OS-X running considerably faster on hacked Intel boxes than PowerPC is exciting. If MacOS X is not a wallowing pig on Intel, pass me the Kool-Aid! I’ll be switching!