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Intel CPU detection in MacOS X

Don't ask me what I was doing when I found this... :-) I just noticed that when you do a 'strings' on the MacOS X login application, loginwindow.app, it does some CPU detection, and in part of that CPU detection it's looking for Intel CPUs.

[TiMonkie:loginwindow.app/Contents/MacOS] rose% pwd
/System/Library/CoreServices/loginwindow.app/Contents/MacOS
[TiMonkie:loginwindow.app/Contents/MacOS] rose% strings loginwindow | grep Intel
Intel 486
Intel x86
[TiMonkie:loginwindow.app/Contents/MacOS] rose% strings loginwindow | grep Pentium
Pentium
Pentium Pro
Pentium II

The Aqua/Quartz foundation that MacOS X is built on comes from OpenStep, which once ran on x86. I wonder if this is legacy, or if Apple is really planning something... (just feeding the rumor mill) ;-p

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