updated 03:35 pm EDT, Thu August 3, 2006
64-bit Mac OS X, Mac Pro?
A seemingly authentic photo of an Apple banner created for the WWDC has surfaced, lending support to theories that Apple will unveil a successor to its Power Mac G5 systems at the forthcoming conference. The photo strongly hints toward a new version of Mac OS X running natively on 64-bit Intel processors, according to Electronista. Intel chose to create its new Core 2 Duo processors using a 64-bit architecture, and the company quietly began shipping those chips formerly known as "Merom" and "Conroe" in July. Rumors abound that Apple will use the new 64-bit processors in newer generations of Intel-based Macs moving forward, and that the forthcoming "Mac Pro" will make use of the new chips boasting 64-bit processing capability. Apple confirmed in mid-April that it would tout the next iteration of Mac OS X, codenamed "Leopard," at the WWDC conference taking place in San Francisco from August 7-11th.