First off, there have been rocky issues between Motorola and Apple for some time. I believe Jobs went with Intel for a number of reasons including never piss off Steve. One big issue was Motorola didnít have it together for G5 chips for Laptops (Powerbooks) something that Apple needs bad. Jobs has mentioned that OS X has been able to run on Intel chips for many years (sneaky guy). They can also deliver which has been a big issue for Motorola. Then thereís the iPhone rumor and the fact that the partnership with Moto and Apple with the iTunes phone was a disaster
Apple needs Intels mobile chips because they have had problems with heat, performance and battery life on the motorola chips.
Itís all about the OS at this point, not the chip. The Intel chip will likely be built so it can only run OS X (and no, other Intel chips will probably not be able to run OS X). However you never know with Jobs. He could try sell PC users OS X on their current hardware.
Hummm.... OS X on PC hardware. This would be a radical change for Apple and unlikely to occur. Apple has continued to gain market share over the past couple of years. I truly doubt people would switch their PC box from Windows to OS X because they have greater software availability for their PC's.
I for one look forward to the switch. I use a PC for my work and would keep it for that reason but for my home photography use... here I come MAC.
So the question today is... should I wait for the Pentium Mac or go with the current model?