Apple has applied for the trademark to the name "Rosetta".

Rosetta is what Apple has called the technology it has built into its OS X for Intel machines that it has licensed from Manchester firm, Transitive Technology.

This technology automatically allows PowerPC applications to run comfortably on Intel chips, but may have some limitations. claims Apple applied for the trademark just last week.

The news emerges as speculation mounts that Apple will release Macs based on Intel chips sooner than its originally-revealed June launch date.

Recent reports speculate Apple will release an Intel-powered Mac mini as soon as January 2006 at Macworld Expo San Francisco.

Other reports claim Intel-powered PowerBooks and iBooks will follow close behind.