updated 07:50 am EDT, Mon June 13, 2005
Apple-Intel deal details
Apple's negotiations with Intel until the last minute and may have been spurred by both pricing and a business decision by IBM to curtail development on its PowerPC roadmap, according to The New York Times: "Several executives close to the last-minute dealings between Apple and I.B.M. said that Mr. Jobs waited until the last moment - 3 p.m. on Friday, June 4 - to inform Big Blue. Those executives said that I.B.M. had learned about Apple's negotiations with Intel from news reports and that Apple had not returned phone calls in recent weeks. Each side disputes what led to the breakup. People close to I.B.M. said pricing was a central issue, while Mr. Jobs insisted on stage Monday that I.B.M. had failed to meet promised performance measures." The report says that Sony also tried (but failed) to convince Apple to use IBM's Cell processor, which will be used in the forthcoming PlayStation 3.