Last week I reported that the first Intel Macs may be coming sooner than originally expected. New PowerBooks and iBooks built on Intel hardware are rumored to arrive as soon as April or May 2006—just in time for the back-to-school buying season. This week rumors are swirling that the first Intel Macs could arrive even sooner, possibly in as little as two months.
Forbes.com is reporting that the first ever Intel-based Macintosh could be announced at Macworld Expo which begins at San Francisco's Moscone Center on January 10, 2006. The bigger surprise is that the Intel Mac won't be a PowerBook or iBook, it'll be a Mac mini according to the story which quotes a UBS analyst.
"Our extensive checks in the supply chain are pointing to a very possible early introduction of Intel-based Macs before the June 2006 target date, with a possible Intel-based Mac Mini introduced at MacWorld," wrote UBS Analyst Ben Reitzes in a recent research report...
While any Intel Mac announcement would be great for the platform (and Apple tends to under-promise and over deliver, so it could happen) I'm still holding out hope that the Intel-based PowerBook will be announced first.