Fifteen Years and Two Weeks Ago, Apple Announced the Switch to Intel

Here’s a fifteen year old press release that has suddenly become both relevant and obsolete:

At its Worldwide Developer Conference today, Apple announced plans to deliver models of its Macintosh computers using Intel microprocessors by this time next year, and to transition all of its Macs to using Intel microprocessors by the end of 2007. Apple previewed a version of its critically acclaimed operating system, Mac OS X Tiger, running on an Intel-based Mac to the over 3,800 developers attending CEO Steve Jobs’ keynote address. Apple also announced the availability of a Developer Transition Kit, consisting of an Intel-based Mac development system along with preview versions of Apple’s software, which will allow developers to prepare versions of their applications which will run on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs.

I will, of course, have more to say about today’s news, but what is immediately apparent is that Apple is presenting this as an even better take on the already-smooth Intel transition.