i486 when you ask "machine" in terminal

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by DakotaGuy, May 30, 2006.

  1. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    South Dakota, USA
    When I had an iMac G3 and I typed in machine I got PPC 750. On my Powerbook G4 I got PPC 7450, that made sense, althought it really had a PPC 7447 in it. When I had an iMac G5 and typed in machine, I got PPC 970, again that made complete sense.

    Now on my Intel iMac I get, i486. So I did a google search of i486...and this was the first hit...:D


    HOLY COW! That does not look like my iMac!
  2. carlos700 macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2004
    Omaha NE
    I believe it's using the term "i486" to identify the processor architecture (which really is x86) :confused: ... I could be wrong. The term "386" has been used to identify PCs back in the PentiumII/Pentium/DX2 days.
  3. remowilliams macrumors member

    May 17, 2006
    Heh, that's kind of funny. Odd, most of the compiler directives are i386 I believe.

    In any case the architecture class as a whole is x86 really.

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