[rescue] Apple to ditch IBM, switch to Intel chips

Peter Corlett abuse at cabal.org.uk
Sat Jun 11 04:33:48 CDT 2005

Joshua Boyd <jdboyd at jdboyd.net> wrote:
> But if you read the documents from Apple, they tell you it is a pure
> IA32 ABI. [...] All which is saying that you are stepping backwards
> to 32bits only.

> Hopefully they will fix this by the time they finish the transition.

All they've done is confirmed the ABI for the other architecture
currently supported by XCode 2.1. There's no reason to believe that
Apple will restrict themselves to just those two. I gather that OSX
may also be built internally for MIPS and SPARC. (It'd be fun to run
OSX on my Ultra 30.)

Besides, the 64 bit support on OSX is only with the BSD API. Cocoa is
32 bit only. So it is quite possible that you'll compile your
memory-hungry performance apps for x86-64 and your point-and-drool
front end for it for plain x86.

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