Native Instruments today announced its development plans
regarding the newly announced Intel-based Macintosh computers.
The company welcomes Apple’s move towards new, powerful processor
technology and is already working on enabling its products for
use on the upcoming iMac and MacBook Pro computers.
As part of Native Instruments’ commitment to the new platform,
all future product releases will include “Universal” versions
that will take full advantage of the new Intel-Mac platform while
maintaining compatibility with PowerPC-based Macintosh computers.
Existing NI products will be updated to support Intel-based Macs
within 2006, with flagship products such as GUITAR RIG, REAKTOR
and TRAKTOR DJ Studio due in the second quarter of this year.
Updates will come in the form of either a dedicated Intel-Mac
update that will be made available for a small fee, or as part of
a major product update for all platforms. A detailed overview and
timetable will soon be available on the NI website at
Native Instruments does not recommend, or offer technical support
for, using its products within the “Rosetta” environment on Intel-
based Macintosh computers. Although NI software might generally
run within the emulation layer, the reduced performance makes it
unsuitable for use in a professional audio production
Native Instruments will also continue to support PowerPC-based
Macintosh computers with new product releases and updates for an
unspecified amount of time and until further notice.
Users of third-party instruments based on KONTAKT, KOMPAKT or
INTAKT technology should contact the respective manufacturers for
information about the planned availability of updates for Intel-
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