Universal apps arriving at a good clip

Of Apple's three main transitions (the other two being PowerPC and Mac OS X), the switch to Intel has been going the smoothest. Just this week, we've seen Aperture 1.1, a new Firefox release, and an update to the WMV plug-in for QuickTime all arrive with Intel-native code. And via Boot Camp, Apple has opened its Intel-based computers to a few Windows programs that can take advantage of Intel processors as well. It's ironic, if not embarrassing, that the fastest version of Photoshop you can run on a MacBook Pro is available by booting into Windows, However, the path to a "Universal binary" when using Apple's development tools doesn't seem too rocky.

Prediction: Leopard may be a feline, but it will run like a dog on PowerPC.

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