6. June 2005 - It’s true

Well, it’s been an interesting day. As mentioned above, Apple has officially announced a long-term switch to Intel CPUs. This doesn’t mean that Mac OS is going to start running on commodity Wintel hardware, though. It means that the CPU in Macs will be changing, and developers will have to do some extra work, but for the end-user, the change shouldn’t be a big deal.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of speculation running around the show. People keep wondering when you’ll be able to run XP on these upcoming (late 2006 they’ll start to ship) machines. I don’t think that’s going to be a priority for Apple right now, but I do think it’ll happen eventually. As for a drop-off in Mac sales, I think the stock market reacted pretty appropriately today. Apple was up briefly after the announcement, but then fell back to down a few pennies by market close. I think Apple’s sales will be hurt a little by the switch to Intel, since some people will hold off for the new machines. But Apple is in an excellent position to weather this sort of blip in their sales. They’re sitting on a ton of cash, and there are plenty of people who are still going to end up buying new G5s sometime in the next eightteen months. It’ll change my hardware purchase strategy a bit, but only because I’ll probably have to buy one of Apple’s Intel development machines, which I wasn’t planning on doing. Hrm.

On a personal note, I’ve talked to dozens of different people today, and if you’re here at the conference and haven’t managed to catch my attention, it’s not because I’m ignoring you, but rather because I’ve been feeling a little overloaded already. I expect that will get a little better tomorrow and the next few days, but today’s the first day and everyone’s saying hello.

In a final note, Apple’s changed the schedule for “stump” from Tuesday to Wednesday. That’s a bit annoying, but actually worked well, since I now have a chance to talk with some folks I need to work with tomorrow evening. More work is good.

Speaking of new work, this change looks like it might not be too bad for me. There are going to be some companies who will need help getting their applications ported to XCode. It’s not great work, and I’m not hoping to spend all my time fixing projects, but while these companies are doing that, I’m hoping I’ll be able to pick up a little extra work. But that’s been my philosophy for a few years. Every change Apple makes means an opportunity for me to pick up some extra work, and this year seems to be no different.

Well, that’s probably enough for now. Seeya tomorrow sometime, and sorry for the disorganization. My brain’s had a lot to process today.

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