Between all the iPhone talk yesterday, very little way discussed of Snow Leopard, the 10.6 update to Mac OS X. John Markoff of the New York Times fills in the blanks.
Apple, he claimed, has made a parallel-programming breakthrough.
It is all about the software, he said. Apple purchased a chip company, PA Semi, in April, but the heart of Snow Leopard will be about a parallel-programming technology that the company has code-named Grand Central.
"PA Semi is going to do system-on-chips for iPhones and iPods," he said.
Grand Central will be at the heart of Snow Leopard, he said, and the shift in technology direction raises lots of fascinating questions, including what will happen to Apple's partnership with Intel.
"Basically it lets you use graphics processors to do computation," he said. "It's way beyond what Nvidia or anyone else has, and it's really simple."
Apple in Parallel: Turning the PC World Upside Down? [Bits.Blogs.NYTimes.com]
Update: Here's Apple's official Snow Leopard page.