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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.

by MacNN Staff




  1. kingyubba

    Joined: Dec 1969


    leopard disc

    nice shot of the leopard disc graphic.

    wasn't OSX a 64-bit OS already???

  1. bojangles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No, it wasnít

    Itís designed to RUN on 64-bit systems, but itís still a 32-bit OS. If Leopard is a true 64-bit OS, it should SCREAM on any 64-bit processor, let alone dual dual-core 64-bit processors!

  1. topless

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "The photo depicts a new version of Mac OS X running natively on 64-bit processors"

    Where is that in the photo? I must have missed it. ;-)

  1. TRRosen

    Joined: Dec 1969



    whats the icon between automator and spotlight?

  1. DECS

    Joined: Dec 1969


    more on WWDC

    The icon between automator and spotlight is Xgrid (distributied processing).

    Also, 64-bit processing would benefit people working with huge data sets, but it wouldn't do anything for consumers, apart for possibly slowing down existing apps, because they now have to deal with much larger numbers.

    Mail, Safari, Photoshop, iMovie, etc do not benefit from 64-bit processing, even if consumers think they should.

    The rest of the WWDC banner says:

    "Welcome to WWDC: You've picked the right platform," and interestingly, has photos of iPod, Macs and server stuff all mixed together.

    Another photo of the poster is up at RoughlyDrafted Magazine along with a list of WWDC predictions:

  1. WiCk3D

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I would love a macbook pro with a merom and leopard 64Bits, now may be thats the next step from apple

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969


    G5 = 64bit

    The G5 is a 64 bit processor. How does this banner reflect anything about anything that we don't already know? I must say that it looks good for a convention banner. I wonder what happens to these things after these kinds of events? They're much too big to fit in even the most dedicated geeks home or garage.

  1. dharder9475

    Joined: Dec 1969



    So the world's fastest desktop supercomputer gets faster. *yawn* Tell me something I wasn't promised before.

  1. Terrin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Doctored photo

    This is likely either a fake, or a doctored poster from last year. First, the Tower is in the same enclosure. Most rumors suggest Apple is completely redesigning the case. This makes sense because the current Towers are beasts because of the heat the G5 creates. The Intel processors create less heat.

    Second, there are no new icons for new features, but all the main technologies introduced last year are shown. I do not know if that is what the leapard disk for OSX will look like, but 1) it looks similar to Tiger to me, and 2) if not TIger, could easily be faked.

    Third, Apple would have sent the take down letter already.

  1. tirademan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    updated Macbook Pros?

    That keyboard looks pretty close to the edge on that silver laptop on the extreme right. Also the dock is closer compared to an existing 15" photo. I've been wishfully predicting that they'd update the Pro enclosure. I hope it's not just a smaller model, but also a case like the Macbook!

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