Wall Street Analyists and Mac experts are predicting a surprise announcement concerning an Intel powered Mac Mini at “MacWorld” this January.
Apple revealed this past June that it plans to have a Mac running on an Intel chip by June of 2006, but the word on the street is that it will hit store shelves much sooner than originally expected. If Apple introduces the new Mini at MacWorld, consumers will be able to get there hands on it as soon as late January or early February.
“After all, the hardware exists already–Steve Jobs previewed a version of Mac OS X Tiger on an Intel-based Mac at his June keynote address–and with 60,000 of the faithful at MacWorld, the media buzz would be huge.”
The move to Intel seems to be a logical step for Apple. It will provide them with a more reliable, cost-effective supply of chips and open up ” a whole new market of users who want to use either a Mac operating system with an Intel processor or Windows on a Mac machine.”
There is, of course, no guarantee that Apple will announce the Intel Mac this January, but many experts “including Bob ‘Dr. Macintosh’ LeVitus, a Mac consultant and book author who has been following Apple since its birth, thinks an Intel-based Mac at MacWorld is “entirely possible.” “Surprise is a very Apple-y thing to do,” said LeVitus. “Apple traditionally launches their blockbuster product at MacWorld.”
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