This is the first year that we have covered Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote, but it will definitely not be the last.

Over 3800 developers will attend this year's WWDC, making it similar in size to IDF from a couple of years ago.

Hosted in the Moscone West Convention Center, the same venue as Intel's IDF just a few months prior, Apple made the most ground-breaking announcement in their history - the move to Intel processors starting in 2006 and almost complete by 2007. The crowd was already expecting what was to come:

Despite the expectations, the announcement was still quite shocking. Even I found myself feeling shocked by the announcement that the rumors, in fact, were real.

Before we get to the details of Apple's Intel transition, here are some of the highlights from the start of the keynote:

Steve Jobs demo'd iTunes 4.9 with support for Podcasting. The support is quite widespread throughout the new version of iTunes and in Apple's usual style, it is quite easy to use.


iTunes 4.9 Playing a Podcast

Later today, Apple will be previewing Quicktime 7, with H.264 support, for Windows PCs. The preview version will be available for download today.

Also, later this week, Apple will have shipped their 2 millionth copy of Tiger, which has been shipping for 6 weeks now and has 16% of all Mac OS market share:

Although Steve Jobs didn't go into much detail, he did announce that the next version of the Mac OS would be Mac OS X 10.5, codenamed Leopard. Leopard won't be talked about at the conference this year, but it will next year. The OS will ship sometime in late 2006 or early 2007, around the same time as Longhorn.

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  • slatr - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 - link

    This may be an indicator of Apple's wish to continue to be the digital hub of your living room.
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    Interesting.. ATI/IBM/MICROSOFT, NVIDIA/IBM/SONY
    , ?/INTEL/APPLE

    They all want to do this living room do all box.. will intel supply graphics chips too I wonder..
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  • aliasfox - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 - link

    I personally would be impressed if Apple released a Dothan based Mac Mini for ~$499 at MacWorld Paris (September). Small, quiet, fast, *and* can dual boot OSX and Windows.

    I would actually be even more impressed if Xcode could compile universal binaries for OSX PPC, OSX X86, *and* Windows X86.

    Sadly, I can still only see hardware sells get smaller. Currently, the processor upgrade market for Macs is relatively small, as upgrades are literally hundreds of dollars (a 2.0 GHz G4 upgrade costs something like $400-500, if I recall correctly). If I buy an Intel based Mac and want a faster processor a year or two down the road, I don't need to buy a new Mac anymore, I'll just look towards NewEgg for a $150 Pentium.

    Support is far too big of an issue for Apple to deal with opening up OSX to the rest of the world. Currently, Apple only has to worry about three processors, and most likely one chipset for each (G3, G4, G5). On the Intel side, Apple will have to worry about just what Intel produces. Going A64 or opening up the software for use anywhere would mean having to support ATi's, nVidia's, VIA's, SIS's, and hundreds of other off brand chipsets. Of course, Apple will also end up having to field calls from irate Dell users wondering why OSX won't install on their systems.

    I can't see Apple holding the same price premium as they have in the past (on the desktop side, at least- their laptops are more or less competitive in everything but processors). Would you pay an extra $100-200 for a machine that's elegant, quiet, and made of sturdy materials? I'd consider it.

    Or another analogy: Your average PC is a Camry, the Mac version is an ES300. Same drivetrain, the Lexus has a classier look and feel.
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  • equinox76 - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 - link

    AMD simply doesn't have the manufactuiring capability to compete with Intel. They might have a better product right now but if it can't be delivered, what good is it ?? Reply
  • piroroadkill - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 - link

    #54, Anand said PRESENTLY, if you even bother to read what you quoted, dickwad. Reply
  • smn198 - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 - link

    #54 I wish you didn't read them too. Reply
  • Calin - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 - link

    Apple choose Intel mainly for the cheaper dual core processors (my idea). When selling computers at the same price point, there is a great advantage in paying 100s of $ less for processor (or processors). Also, Intel certainly has the resources to at least keep up enough with AMD regarding processor speed/heat/capabilities. Reply
  • vertigo1 - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 - link

    If you think about it, what will Apple Machines be used for? Video and graphics editing and this uses... encoding?

    So even though everyone here seems to kiss Amds feet.... I think that Apple chose correctly given the situation.
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  • Kagjes - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 - link

    -Hmmm, a thought crossed my mind. What would it take for MacOS to support DirectX? Reply
  • Kagjes - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 - link

    i think this is one of those situations where things could go in million different ways. Just depends on the reactions of the biggest players. All of the speculations are both right and wrong. But one thing is for sure. I love the way things are going, and Macs getting closer to the hectic and sometimes chaotic x86 market is really an explosive combination. One thing is for sure. For macs, being able to run WinXP and play games AND keep their own OS at the same time is an edge that can't be matched. I would really like to have one of those. Reply
  • Dekay - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 - link

    I understand why apple working with intel could make more sense. This move from apple also means an enrichment in the software department. But I think more anaemia in the CPU department can become problematic and intel more a "monopolist" (I am exaggerating a little bit). And in the end that is not good for us, remember the times before K7? We can continue to discuss whether the chips from amd/intel are better or roughly similar but a <20% market share (and only slowly rising) for AMD is not a good sign. Reply

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