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It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)

Guess I was wrong about that whole Intel thing, huh?

The afternoon of the [announcement](http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2005/jun/06intel.html) I was describing myself as “lost and frightened” to people who knew me as a long-time Mac fan — but that was (mostly) a joke.

Now that we’ve all had a month to let the news sink in, it appears that this will be a good decision for Apple to have made, and most people seem to agree. Of course there will always be the usual idiotic comments from analysts. One important point made by [Matt Deatherage](http://www.macjournals.com) is that (contrary to some misguided advice) there is no reason not to buy a PowerPC-based Mac today if you need one — it will continue to run all existing Mac software through the transition and beyond, whereas Intel-based Macs may not run existing software as smoothly at first (apart from the usual first-generation glitches).

On the other hand, if I were in the market for a new PowerBook but didn’t need one in the next six months or so, I would definitely wait to see what’s announced in the new year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Intel-based portables (or even Minis) announced in January at MacWorld Expo and shipping shortly thereafter (although March might be more likely). Meanwhile, we should see new PowerPC-based desktops this fall. (I hope so — I’ve got a developer hardware key I need to use by mid-November, and my G4 (Digital Audio) is getting a little long in the tooth.)

But for most end-users there will be no discernible difference between PowerPC-based Macs and Intel-based Macs. (Unless you rely on something that runs in Classic; then you may want to stock up on PowerPC machines over the next year.)

Developers? Well, Mac developers continue to live in interesting times — maybe a little more interesting than before.

Bonus link:
It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)