Apple CEO Steve Jobs dropped his bombshell on developers at the company's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) today, confirming a move to Intel processors "by the end of 2007".

The news follows weeks of well-reported rumour through established media outlets, which some cynics say served to prepare Apple's developer community for the news.

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Jobs announced plans to deliver Macs using Intel processors by "this time next year" (06/06/06), and that all Macs will use chips from Intel "by the end of 2007".

Apple's long-discussed 'Marklar' project also left Apple's most secure research lab for the first time, Jobs previewed a version of Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" running on an Intel-based Mac to developers at the show. 3,800 developers gasped at the news.

Ten years along

“Our goal is to provide our customers with the best personal computers in the world, and looking ahead Intel has the strongest processor roadmap by far,” said Jobs.

“It’s been ten years since our transition to the PowerPC, and we think Intel’s technology will help us create the best personal computers for the next ten years.”

“We are thrilled to have the world’s most innovative personal computer company as a customer,” said Paul Otellini, president and CEO of Intel.

“Apple helped found the PC industry and throughout the years has been known for fresh ideas and new approaches. We look forward to providing advanced chip technologies, and to collaborating on new initiatives, to help Apple continue to deliver innovative products for years to come.”

A transcript of Jobs' WWDC keynote is available from MacCentral.