Intel has announced that the Merom and Conroe chips that are almost definitely going to power Apple's second-generation Intel Macs will be called "Core 2" processors. So we can expect to have Core 2 Solo and Core 2 Duo Macs by the end of the year. In my opinion, this is great news. If Intel chips would be called simply "Core" forever, then system requirements would have to say: *Core chips introduced from January 2006-August 2006: 1.83 GHz *Core chips introduced from August 2006-June 2007: 1.67 GHz Etcetera forever. Link.