Going to 64-bit

September 9, 2003 at 10:46 pm | Posted in Macintosh, Technology | Leave a comment

Thoughts on Mac OS X 10.3: Counting the Bits of a Panther – OSNews.com

This makes me want to paraphrase a quote from the Kill Bill trailer:

You didn’t think 64-bit was going to be that easy, did you?

The above article was posted last July but was only recently verified. Come to think of it, Macs never had this kind of transition before – the 68000 CPU was 32-bit internally, and few software had to know about the 16-bit datapath to/from the CPU. It took Microsoft years to migrate from 16 to 32 bit computing; Apple will do better, but it will still take years, not months as the more optimistic Mac fans would like to think.

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