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Apple, Pixar help extended market rally

updated 09:40 am EDT, Tue May 24, 2005

Apple, Pixar stocks

Tech and entertainment shares surged as investors yesterday , investors seemed to embrace the rumors, which if true, could lead to less expensive Macs. Also boosting the Dow was Pixar, the animation studio run by Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The company was upgraded to "overweight" by Prudential Equity Group, with a new price target of $75 a share, on the belief the company eventually will produce more than one major animated film each year.




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  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Less Expensive Macs?

    How would switching from the Power PC to the x86 make Macs less expensive? The Mac Tax isn't there to pay for the processor, never has been.

  1. caddisfly

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ...agreed....

    I am not following this either. What is the $ diff of a pentium in bulk vs. a powerpc in bulk? not that much I would think. unless there is some ripple effect of intel chips allowing you to use cheaper stock associated chips....inquiring minds want to know.

    I think this article has a hidden assumption that using intel chips somehow equates to licensing of the Mac OS to a range of hardware manufacturers.... which I think is very wishful thinking.

  1. myramoki

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Bring on POC Mac

    Here's how going to Intel would be cheaper: You get the ability to build your own Piece Of c*** Mac! A scavenged motherboard from one computer, memory from another, hard drives from a friend, a video card you snagged at a yard sale, and a monitor from work that was heading to the scrap heap. Presto! You've got your own POC Mac! See? Cheap.

    Of course, it'll never work because of the issues with driver support, which always seems to get forgotten when this rumor shows up, at least until people who actually have a clue start adding their two cents. If Apple did do this, the first review would be, "Apple Releases OS X for PC, Don't Expect It To Run On Your Computer!"

    However, the mere longevity, and downright hopefullness of people that this rumor is true, goes to show how many people would probably be ditching Windows and running OS X, if only they didn't have to ditch their computer.

  1. iJed

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Its cheaper because...

    ... Apple would not have to design (and have manufactured) masses of custom chips for their motherboards. A PPC 970 isn't the only chip in a PowerMac G5 you know.

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Sell

    Sell your APPL stock. If yesterday's rally was because of this ridiculous rumor again, sell before the street figures out it's a total load. Take your profit and run. APPL is already down $0.18 today.

    Apple won't convert the platform to x86 processors. Even though they probably have internal versions of OS X on PC's (we know Darwin has been ported), what about apps. There aren't any apps to run in it. Do you really think Apple is going to develop it's entire line of software for the Intel platform? Do you really think that Adobe is going convert to OS X for x86 after just spending a fortune going from Classic to OS X? Of course not, they'll just drop the platform entirely and Apple knows it.

  1. ecrelin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    custom chips yes…

    they would. Do you think that they would just buy motherboards from Dell or someone? They don't all use off the shelf stuff either. But this discussion is so moot it is absurd. Take beeble's advice and get out now, although on second thought they may not care as they are so stupid to have bought this bull in the first place. Most of the people who have propogated this rumor think that changing chips is like using a different brand of oil filter. Total unsubstantiated hoo haa.

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Rumor not true

    Insiders at Apple have confirmed this rumor is not true. If there are any meetings, they would be over the Xscale processors used in the Xserve Raid or other DSP chips for use in Xserves.

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Drivers not a big deal...

    OK, we've established that this is just a rumor, but I would like to note that the "driver problem" is not as big a deal as people make out, because the OS underneath the Aqua interface is already available on PCs...

    Darwin already runs on a wide variety of PCs, and it can use BSD drivers (in fact I've used unsupported cards under OS X using BSD drivers). You'd probably need to buy a Mac-compatible video card, to get the Apple OpenGL extensions for Quartz, but other than that it shouldn't be any different than running OS X on an unsupported Mac.

  1. klinux

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ??

    Man, aristotle, you just won't stop with your idiotic statements, would you?

    First, the WSJ article stated meetings have taken place. Nothing else. Therefore, it is not whether or not a meeting has taken place. It has. It has been reported. Apple have not denied it (that the meeting took place).

    What they talked about is of course unknown. It is idiots here (and somewhere else) that are running around headless saying "Oh no! Apple should/would/could not change to x86!" and then other people here telling those idiots that the rumors are not true.

    It's kinda like your personality A tell your personality B to shut up and personality B saying you shut up.

  1. lemuel777

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    X-Scale

    The processor negotiations are for Intel's X-Scale mobile processors for Apple's new Mac Tablet computer. Duh!

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