Apple may well ship Intel-powered PowerBooks, iBooks, Mac minis and Xserves before upgrading its other products, an analyst believes.

American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu believes the power management features built-in to Intel processors should help Apple deliver better products, particularly notebooks. He also suggests Apple may leverage the new architecture to manufacture a range of new products for new markets.

Wu remains confident Intel versions of PowerBooks, iBooks, Mac minis and Xserves will ship in the first quarter of 2006, AppleInsider reports. He also believes that older applications that have not been ported to the new architecture will run well, with "noticeable improvements" made to the Rosetta PowerPC emulation software contained within Mac OS X for Intel.