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Introduction > A Word About Intel

A Word About Intel

If you're used to the Windows world, you've probably seen those "Intel Inside" banners in magazines, on TV, and on the outside of PC boxes. It came as a surprise to millions, then, that when Apple announced that, starting in 2006, Macs will come with Intel chips inside.

The press, understandably, went berserk at the concept of Apple dropping its long-promoted G4 and G5 processor for chips from its former archenemy, Intel. Still, the announcement got a lot more attention than it deserves, at least for everyday Mac fans, since nothing will change in day-to-day computer-using routines. Intel-based Macs will still be every bit as fast, crash-proof, and virus-immune as their older G4- and G5-based ancestors, and will run exactly the same operating system.

So what's the big deal?

For one thing, if you like, you'll be able to install Windows on your Intel-based Mac, allowing you to bypass the Mac OS entirely—along with the instructions in the rest of this book. Installing Windows on your Mac will let you run any programs for which you haven't found a good Mac OS X alternative. Of course, it also opens up all the problems you thought you'd left behind by switching to the Mac in the first place.

But keep in mind that although you can install Windows on your Macintel (Intellimac?), you can't go the other way. Apple will do everything in its legal and technological power to make sure that people can't run Mac OS X on a PC from Dell, HP, or any other manufacturer besides Apple.

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