updated 09:30 am EST, Fri March 24, 2006
1,200 Universal apps
Developers have appeared to embrace the new Intel-architecture, as more and more applications are being made available to run natively on Intel Macs. Over 200 new Universal Binary applications --ones that run natively on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs -- have been released this month, yielding a total of 1,200 applications, according to Apple's weekly news letter. However, even Apple's own listing shows more than 1,300 that are available. Earlier this month, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer touted the 1,000 application milestone for Universal applications at the Morgan Stanley Semiconductor and Systems Conference.
"Just 10 weeks ago, we announced the new MacBook Pro and iMac computers with their new Intel-based processors, and developers have already delivered more than 1200 Universal applications," Apple wrote in its newsletter. "That's about 120 applications a week. A pretty good clip, don't you think?"
Rumors are that Apple will pull non-Universal software from its retail store shelves sometime this summer--with exception of larger software titles such as Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office, which are not expected to be available as native applications this year.