no way this is going to happen...
Phil Schiller (Apple's head of marketing) says that it'll be entirely possible to install Windows XP if you so wish.
(which is at the pathetic 2.6% at the moment...)
Apple's market share (that's sales of new machines, not the installed no. of machines) is about 3.5% now.
As E D said, there seems to be lot of unnecessary aggression here towards (us) Mac users. I could have made some sarcy comment about installing Windows in my 1st sentence - but I didn't.
PC fanatics and Mac fanatics are as bad as each other.
Some Techy Stuff from a developer who's had their hands on one :
" ... First, the thing is fast. Native apps readily beat a single 2.7 G5, and sometimes beat duals. Really.
All the iLife apps other than iTunes, plus all the other apps that come with the OS are already universal binaries....
They are using a Pentium 4 660. This is a 3.6 GHz chip. It supports 64 bit extensions, but Apple does not support that *yet*. The 660 is a single core processor. However, the engineers said that this chip would not be used in a shipping product and that we need to look at Intel's roadmap for that time to see what Apple will ship.
It uses DDR-2 RAM at 533 MHz. SATA-2. It is using Intel GMA 900 integrated graphics and it supports Quartz Extreme. The Intel 900 doesn't compare favorably to any shipping card from ATi or nVidia. The Apple engineers says the dev kit will work with regular PC graphics cards, but that you need a driver. Apple does not write ANY graphics drivers. They just submit bug reports to ATi/nVidia. So, when we asked where to get drivers for better cards the engineers said "The ATI guys are here." He's right, they've been in the compatibility lab several times.
It has FireWire 400, but not 800. USB 2 as well. USB 2 booting is supported, FireWire booting is not. NetBoot works.
The machines do not have Open Firmware. They use a Phoenix BIOS. That's right, a Mac with a BIOS...." "They run Windows fine. All the chipset is standard Intel stuff, so you can download drivers and run XP on the box."
Of course these are the developer boxes, will have to wait and see if it's any harder on the real thing.
"I've been talking to and watching a lot of devs. There are a lot of apps from big names running in the Compatibility lab already. Some people face more pain, sure, but Jobs wasn't kidding when he said that this transition would be less painful than OS 9 to OS X or 68K to PPC.
Game devs seem optimistic. They see porting Windows/x86 to Mac/x86 as much easier. They look forward to the day they don't have to support PPC"
I think this part sums the situation up :
"...This transition is not about current P4 vs G5. It is about the future directions of the processor families. Intel is committed to desktop/notebook and server in a big way. Freescale/IBM are chasing the embedded market and console market. Apple would have been in a lurch in 2 years."