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Apple s transition to Intel processors
Apples Intel transition was the process of changing the central processing unit CPU of Macintosh computers from PowerPC processors to Intel x86 processors The transition became public knowledge at the 2005 Worldwide Developers Conference WWDC, when Apples CEO Steve Jobs made the announcement that the company would make a transition from the use of PowerPC microprocessors supplied by Freescale formerly Motorola and IBM in its Macintosh computers, to processors designed and manufactured by Intel, a chief supplier for most of Apples competitors1
The transition marked the Macintosh platforms second migration to a new CPU architecture The first was the switch from the Motorola 68000 “68k” series architecture used since the original Macintosh 128K to the PowerPC architecture Apple is the only personal computer company to have successfully completed such a transition – competitors Commodore and Atari never regained their market positions after their switch from 6502 to 68k in the mid-1980s23 and stopped manufacturing computers in the early 1990s, around the time Apple was switchin Apple s transition to Intel processors
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