Consider yourself served, IBM
The separation began in 2005, when the iEmpire announced its intent to embrace Intel's
Moves like these are where Apple and Microsoft
Practically, this means PowerPC Mac owners will either upgrade to a new system, ignore Snow Leopard, or switch to cheaper, more modern PCs from the likes of Dell
I'm not expecting many switchers. Netbooks have yet to prove themselves as laptop replacements, and Macs are getting cheaper. Not as cheap as PCs, sure, but cheap enough to be competitive, especially for what is likely to be some very high-powered hardware.
Despite the possibility of a noticeable user exodus in the short term, Apple's making the right move here. Investors need Apple to keep its promise to innovate. Snow Leopard delivers on that promise -- even if it does so at the expense of the PowerPC.
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