Apple believes Mac OS X could "easily run" on Intel chips, but the company has "little interest" in changing processors, company CEO Steve Jobs said last night.
Speaking to analysts, Jobs said: "It's perfectly technically feasible to port Panther to any processor." Apple is happy though with IBM's PowerPC 970 processors, which the company feels are "quite competitive."
"We don't see a compelling need to switch processor families", he explained. "We have all the options in the world but the PowerPC road map still looks very strong," he explained.
The CEO was critical of Microsoft's Media Centre products, which combine TV and video-recording facilities with common PC features, based on Windows XP. Dismissing consumer need for such products as a "small audience," Jobs added: "Generally what (people) want to view on television has to do with turning their mind off." He observed that recording video on a computer is processor-intensive, so is best left to a device dedicated to such tasks.
Longhorn broadside Jobs also fired another salvo at Microsoft, pointing out that Apple is out-innovating its rival software company, which will not release its next OS upgrade, Longhorn, until 2005 or 2006. "They hope to be in 2006 where we were with Jaguar," he said.
Apple remains committed to delivering the best system to its customers, he said: "We're going to have a few more releases by then."
An audio webcast of the audio call in QuickTime format is available from Apple.