Good old John Dvorak had it right all along. Apple is finally porting the Mac OS to Intel chips–actually, they started five years ago. (And people wonder who Jobs is so secretive! Apparently Apple has big news like this lying around, by the bushel as it were.)
It will take the Mac faithful a few days to digest this one, but I definitely think the economics work in Apple’s favor. If they could pull off the Mac Mini for $500 on low-volume PowerPC chips, the switch to commodity Intel CPUs will drive some serious economies of scale.
While the wait for Longhorn (now known in the biz as “Longwait”) continues, I would imagine there are a few people in Redmond sweating this one. Certainly, though, Intel is the big winner here. Now we will all be able to see what their chips can really do.