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Mactels may be late, Apple is pressuring Intel

updated 12:55 pm EDT, Mon September 26, 2005

Mactels may be late

Apple may not be able to to bully Intel," and that the company is attempting to put pressure on Intel in the hopes that the chips will be delivered early. Intel is apparently not providing Apple with preferential treatment, despite the pressure, according to the report.




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  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Based on assumption

    that those are the CPUs Apple is going to base their systems on. I don't think that has been confirmed.

  1. michaeljohn63

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Apple has grown up

    Apple is no longer the tantrum throwing child it once was. The rumors of Apple having fits with IBM have never been confirmed. Those rumors were almost surely based on Apple's reactions to Motorola's failure to keep promises of CPU rollouts. There is no way Apple decided to go to Intel "hoping" it could later pressure Intel to do something special for Apple, unless Intel had already said, and demonstrated, that it could. I think its fair to say that, before The Steve even made the announcement, he insisted that Intel provide him with currently available prototypes of not only CPUs but full motherboards that would give Apple what it needs in the consumer space (iBooks and Mac minis). Intel could easily have done this, and probably did, in order to get Apple's business. So, just because Intel announces a product timetable after Apple's decision to move to Intel does not mean that Apple made the decision to go Intel based on the subsequent processor announcements.

    Remember too that Apple is riding very high on its brand, despite its low marketplace position. Intel is probably more interested in the free advertising it gets through Apple's transition to Intel than it is in the revenues it will achieve through sales to Apple for its CPUs. Dell is boring, Apple is not, and Intel knows this.

  1. Clive

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Predicatable

    Isnít it all too predicatable? Pre-announce a product that relies on someone else producing a processor "on time" - when did that *ever* happen? Jobs got bitten once with the "3GHz G5", you'd think he'd have learnt his lesson.

    Though, we still donít really know what chips they are planning to use (but I doubt itís something thatís in production right now).

  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not to mention

    the fact that Apple hasn't really promised across the line upgrades shipping in June 2006, right? If they can even get one model out the door (Powermac, Powerbook,, iBook, iMac, or mini), then they are on track...

  1. The Ancient One

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    This is news?

    I seem to remember hearing that next June's machines would be based on the 32-bit Yonah processor. Looks like that's still on track. I think the author of the piece forgot the part about the changeover to Intel being finished by the end of 2007 (that's 2007, not 2006). From the June 8th Macworld article:

    "...by June 2007 most new Macs would be Intel-based, and that by the end of 2007 the last-ever PowerPC-based Mac will have rolled off the assembly line."

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Deja vu All Over AGAIN!

    Here we go again...

    Maybe IBM will beat Intel to the punch and we'll have PowerPC macs for a while longer than they hoped...

  1. jhorvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Inquirer?

    Since when should we trust anything reported from the Inquirer? I think we need to wait and see on this one.

  1. HyperCube

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    CPU Delay ?

    Well the situation now is:

    A) Apple may be deciding to use other intel chips for their introductory Mac-Intel offering.

    B) Apple will be no longer 'alone' - If Intel has a problem with producing a new chip - this won't just affect Apple - it will also affect Dell etc...

    So Apple won't be 'left out in the cold' any more then anyone else would be. -- That's one of thge advantages of moving to Intel,

    Apple won't be penalised by CPU problems relative to other Intel Users.

    We don't want any hold ups - But Apple won't be any worse off because of it. - At least in general.

    The First generation of Mac-Intels is something of a special case though.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    No news

    Apple has not announced or made public any information regarding the move to intel, except for one fact: They're moving to Intel-based processors. Any other information you've heard (like they're going to use Yonah for this, or Yoda for that) is all speculation and rumor.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Sorry

    Oops, Apple also said only their Macs would run OS X, not any other Intel-based computer.

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