Sinime wrote:If you have heard the news Apple is working on an x86 64bit version of OSX. Who is the only one with an x86 64bit processor looming in the horizon? AMD. This is all just a rumor so don't take it to the bank.
I really, really doubt that. (If it's true, show me the news article, and it'd better be from a reputable source.) Apple has a greater stake in the hardware business than the software business. The core of Mac OS X has been available now for the Intel x86 architecture for a while -- go install Darwin on a machine. It's the upper layers -- Quartz/Quartz Extreme (which I must admit looks really, really
cool, from the developer and user perspective), Aqua, Cocoa, Carbon, etc. that people buy the machines for. If all that comes out for the x86 architecture, Apple is sunk.
People say that Apple has had a working version of OS X for the Intel x86 family in its military-lockdown blue building, but I don't think that's all that true, either.
Oh, by the way, the Intel Itanium has been out for a while now, and the Itanium2 is due out soon. Both run legacy 32-bit x86 code -- so, no, AMD isn't the first.
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