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Comment on "Implications of Adobe's Intel-Only Soundbooth"
by Preston — Oct 30
I disagree with a number of things in this article. First, Apple has publicly committed to the Intel platform by releasing Boot Camp and pledging to make the software a part of 10.5, so I think that goes beyond simply telling developers to remove their processor assumptions. Second, by the time Soundbooth comes out in the middle of 2007 at the earliest, Intel Macs will be commonplace, and the abandonment of PowerPC will be that much more justified. Third, PowerPC support could always be added in a later patch if demand is there. Adobe supporting only Intel in a new Mac application is news, but I'm not sure if it's as big as it's being made out to be, given when and where the Mac platform will be a year from now. I don't expect there to be a rash of Intel-only applications, either, and PowerPC will be supported by most developers for several years.
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