MacOS Rumors schrijft dat zij van 'betrouwbare' bronnen bij Apple hebben vernomen dat de huidige builds van MacOS X gecompileerd kunnen worden voor Compaq's Alpha processor. Geruchten gaan dat Apple de Alpha eventueel wil gebruiken als alternatief voor de Motorola PowerPC G4, die momenteel erg traag in kloksnelheid scaled. Ook zou het gezien kunnen worden als dreiging om wat meer motivatie bij Motorola en IBM af te dwingen. Een andere mogelijkheid is het gebruik van Alpha processors in de high-end MacOS X servers van Apple:
In a surprising report filed by Apple sources yesterday, compelling evidence -- in the form of internal Apple documents confirmed to be legitimate -- suggests that Mac OS X in its latest form (minus several Mac-specific features, notably Carbon and the Classic environment) continues to be compiled and run on Compaq-built Alpha workstations. For some time, sources familiar with OS X development have stressed the unusually strong relationship between Apple and Compaq's Alpha team -- even going so far as to suggest that Apple is keeping its options open to adopting the Alpha processing platform should the PowerPC continue to accelerate at a slower rate than Wintel alternatives.
No reliable conclusions have been reached from the body of evidence to date, but many possibilities for Apple's investment of developer time in this endeavour present themselves. One source, proven entirely right in his predictions of the PowerMac Cube and other MWNY 2000 announcements, has suggested that Apple may be planning to take on the high-end server market with an Alpha-compatible version of OS X Server. Others believe the PowerPC alternative rumor as outlined above; still others see the effort as merely a means to scare IBM and Motorola into working harder on the PowerPC.
Whatever the reasons, this speaks to Apple's quiet but persistent desire to retain OS X's platform-independent qualities. That bodes well for the future of the Mac in this age of uncertainty, and should serve to bolster the image of today's Apple as a company prepared for change.