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Wall Street Journal: Apple to use Intel?

updated 08:35 am EDT, Mon May 23, 2005

WSJ on Apple/Intel

Apple has been in talks that could lead to a decision soon to , The Wall Street Journal reported today. Neither company would confirm the report and an Apple spokeswoman characterized it as "rumor and speculation." Apple's pricing could become more competitive if Intel provides the kind of marketing subsidies it has given to other computer makers, the newspaper said. Apple could choose to add some Intel-based models to its product line or make a complete shift to Intel's chip technology, the newspaper said. The latter would be "seen as a serious blow to IBM's microprocessor business."

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  1. Appleman

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Yeah right!

  1. trevc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Doubt it....

    ... especially with all the hype of the cell processor, etc..... and seeing the specs on the PlayStation 3 compared to a multi-core PowerPC chip (XBOX 360), I'd say that Apple already has some sorta of configuration using a Cell processor in R&D!!

  1. JohnnyFive

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh no, not again!

    Ahhh the perennial Apple-will-shift-to-Intel story rears its ugly head once again. It seems to resurface every spring time for as long as I can remember. Which, in a more positive light, is a better indication of spring than the unpredictable Toronto weather.

  1. threestain

    Joined: Dec 1969


    One word...


  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Here we go again...

    Here's the yearly speculation of Apple on Intel.

    What would be the point?

    Current PowerPC processors outperform Intel chips on numerous levels, especially in terms of heat and power consumption. PPCs are due to make huge jumps with multi-core processors and POWER 5 level processors.

    Current Macs certainly match Wintel boxes when Wintels are are configured with similar features.

    A massive move to all Intel would essentially kill small to medium Macintosh developers in droves.

    Again, what would be the point?

    Sounds like yet another under-researched, hit-hunting article.

  1. 83caddy16v

    Joined: Dec 1969



    OSX would then be a true direct competitor to Windows, more than ever. While it would be interesting to see the two operating systems go head to head on the same hardware, I doubt it will play out that way.

  1. dave a

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Maybe there's a reason

    The point would be if IBM's next generation of PC processors weren't showing up, were disappointingly slow/hot, or if the new dual-core Intels just blew 'em away... and they could be used in notebooks.

    Question is, would that mean all current software woudl be rubbished? And how about Classic?

    ( is back! I know, that's off-topic.)

  1. beb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple already uses Intel

    XServes already have Intel controller chips. They might just be brokering a deal where they use the similar controller chips in future revisions of Apple hardware.

  1. boomer0127

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Maybe the gaming consoles

    have tied up all the high-end chips from IBM for the forseeable future. This is how our friend Bill is finally going to blow Apple out of the water - prevent them from building boxes. Apple sees this and instead of running back to Moto with their tail between their legs, they hedge their bets and go intel. I hope not, but you never know... 3 chips per box x 1 million Xboxen this XMAS - and Apple still stuck at 2.8 GHz 18 months after the 3 GHz promise? It's a nightmare, but a possibility, knowing IBM's penchant for promising the world and not always delivering...

  1. ArizonaKid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good, Scare IBM

    I think this is great. Do whatever is needed to push the PowerBook's speed up. I have been very disappointed with IBM, and their meager increases in performance. As far as the cell, who says IBM even cares about providing this to Apple, since they have proven to be unreliable in their manufacturing process. Their commitment may be toward gaming.

    Simply, the Pentium M is the best chip for notebooks, and Apple's PowerBook needs any new life it can get. And Intel is a proven chip manufacturer and deliverer. Reliability counts, and Big Blue is unreliable.

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