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  • Swad
    For those holding out for an Intel Mac, don't spend too much this Christmas - multiple rumor sites report that insiders tell them to expect the first Mac based on Intel chips in January. Apparently, Apple wants to surprise the computing world with the new Macs ahead of schedule. This makes perfect sense, especially since the x86 version of the OS has now reached parity (for the most part) with its PowerPC predecessor.
     
    From AppleInsider:
    "Sources say at least one of the two aforementioned Intel Macs appears to be based around Intel's upcoming dual-core 'Yonah' mobile processor, which is expected to top-out at 2.16 GHz in its initial rev. However, further processor specifications remain largely unconfirmed at this time. [...]"
     
    "The analyst went on to say that Apple is likely to ship Intel chips inside consumer-oriented products -- like laptops -- first, because the company tends to include with those computers most of the software consumers initially need and want. "I see mostly benefit if applications like iLife are ready for Intel processors," Wilcox added. High-end applications not yet compiled natively for the first Intel Macs will continue to run seamlessly -- albeit slightly slower -- via Apple's integral Rosetta technology."

  • hatoncat

    Xcode 2.2 Final Released

    By hatoncat, in OSx86,

    Apple has released the final version of Xcode 2.2. This is the second release of Xcode to support Universal Binaries, and the first to lock out 10.4.1 Intel (the leaked/hacked release). Xcode 2.2 makes significant improvements to SEE opcodes and the Accelerate framework, as well as general Intel compatibility improvements.

  • hatoncat
    Many sources have reported that the latest build of Mac OS X 10.4.3 seeded to developers includes an Intel-compiled version of iTunes. Previously, iTunes was the only major non-system application to be PowerPC-only. It is now a Universal Binary but does have some ongoing known issues with it; Apple has cautioned developers of these issues as minor and will be resolved shortly.

  • hatoncat
    The Mozilla Foundation has established a page on their Wiki that has the latest Intel Mac builds for their most popular applications; Firefox, Tunderbird and Camino. They also announced full support for PowerPC and Intel builds, and upheld their comitment to supporting Jaguar and Panther versions on PowerPC via the lipo process; a tool designed to allow different methods of compiling applications.
     
    Lipo holds much potential for specialized Mac development, the lipo process will eventually be used to allow Mac developers to use Intel-released compilers for Intel code, while still using GCC3/GCC4 for PowerPC applications, thus giving each platform the best performance possible while still remaining a Universal Binary.
     
    Mozilla Wiki - Intel

  • Swad
    Of an interesting note, Apple's Photo Booth, included with the new iMac, is the first consumer universal binary released by Apple. While Xcode is a universal binary since version 2.1, it is generally only targeted at developers. iMac owners have been reporting this news since the release of Mac OS X 10.4.3, which includes the ability to check what architectures are supported by an application in most info panels.

  • Swad
    I’m happy to announce a new partnership between The OSx86 Project and Twin Mac.
     
    Christopher Price established Twin Mac immediately after word of the Intel transition. His years of experience in OS X programming makes his analysis sharp and well-informed. His site has provided dedicated Mactel coverage with news you won't find anywhere else. To bring his excellent analysis to a wider audience, he will now be providing the news you read here at The OSx86 project.
     
    You shouldn’t notice many changes – you’ll still find all the latest news about OSx86 here. This arrangement will allow The OSx86 Project administrators to focus more on the forum and wiki, helping provide the best Mac discussion anywhere. Period.
     
    You can check out Twin Mac at twinmac.com, or simply stay tuned here for the latest Mactel coverage!
     
    On a totally unrelated note, we will also be unveiling a new forum skin this week and making a few other improvements. We're working hard to maintain this site as your home for Intel Mac news and discussion. If you have suggestions or comments, feel free to let us know!

  • Swad

    Full 10.4.3 DVD Leaked

    By Swad, in OSx86,

    Hot on the heels of a 10.4.1 “update” which pulled parts from an uncracked 10.4.3 OSx86 to improve the already cracked version, we’ve received confirmed reports that the full OS X 10.4.3 installation DVD has been leaked via bittorrent. Although the TPM restrictions are still protecting the OS as of this writing, the word on the street is that hackers have already begun dissecting Apple’s new security measures. We are told that the TPM protections in 10.4.3 are significantly stronger, indicating that Apple has used the previous two releases to refine their mechanism for hardware control.
     
    The most interesting aspect of this leak is that it reveals that OSx86 has finally caught up with its PowerPC cousin – the versions are essentially the same, with the same features, same abilities, etc. This marks the first time that Apple has released a copy of the OS for the Developer Transition Kits which is identical to the PPC version. This speaks to Apple’s shift in engineering resources and emphasis to its Intel version.
     
    It appears that OSx86 has grown up rather quickly.
     
    Oh... and... don't steal.

  • Swad

    Hacked OSx86 Updated to 10.4.3

    By Swad, in OSx86,

    We've received reports that the rather creative OSx86 hacking community has created another release, this time to update existing 10.4.1 installations to many of the new features introduced in 10.4.3. Sources indicate that the new security features implemented in 10.4.3 have prevented a full release and that this update is in lieu of that release.
     
    Check out the front page for the full story.

  • Swad

    More Universal Binaries...

    By Swad, in OSx86,

    It would appear that the pace of porting to OSx86 has begun to pick up... or at least we're hearing about more efforts.
     
    Today, Opera announced the first preview release for Opera 9...
     
    See the full article on the main page.

  • Swad

    Bringing Games to Intel Macs

    By Swad, in OSx86,

    Apple has published an article on Aspyr's (maker of Sims 2, Doom 3, and others) efforts to begin porting their software to x86 binaries.
     
    It gives us an interesting (if not entirely predictable) look at how software companies are charting their way through the transition.
     
    Read the full article here.

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