In a quietly significant move, Apple has joined the BAPCo Windows benchmarking consortium, a report claims.

BAPCo produces a range of industry-standard tests for computer systems. The extensive membership list includes all the main names in the PC industry: Microsoft, AMD, Intel, and more.

The source report describes the move as "significant because it means that Apple has now committed to Windows-based performance testing, and it will influence industry-standard testing methodologies going forward, possibly including Mac OS X testing".

As rumours grow that claim Apple will enable Windows to work in a virtual environment on Intel-powered Macs through a future version of OS X, the report states: "We speculate that Apple will now develop Windows drivers for Intel Macs."

BAPCo has not yet responded to a request to clarify if this report is correct.