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Intel offers Apple programming tool beta

Software made available to Apple developers this week will come out in final version in second quarter.

Intel began offering a beta version of software developer tools for Intel-based Apple computers Wednesday, the chipmaker announced. The tools are available to any Apple developer, Intel said, and the final products will ship in the second quarter. Apple began selling Intel-based computers Tuesday, though the new models lack any external Intel logos.

The software includes Fortran and C/C++ compilers to translate human-written source code into instructions the computer understands as well software libraries to speed the processing of audio, video and images. The software is integrated with Apple's Xcode development environment.