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Jobs: Apple, Intel still in good relationship

updated 03:50 pm EDT, Fri April 25, 2008

Jobs on Intel, PA Semi

Intel has nothing to fear from Apple's acquisition this week of chip designer PA Semi, says Steve Jobs. The Apple CEO has dismissed rumors that the company is looking to distance itself from Intel, a view based primarily on the fact that Intel is also involved in the kind of mobile processor technology PA specializes in. Apple depends heavily on Intel technology for its desktop and notebook computers.

"We have a great partnership with Intel," Jobs insists. "We expect that to continue forever."

The reason Apple actually acquired PA Semi is said to be the designers at the company, who will be used to provide expertise in developing further portable electronics in the vein of the iPod and iPhone. Apple has long had to design custom electronics for its portables, Jobs argues; it is also known that Intel has little to no components inside current Apple handhelds.

Jobs has likewise rejected notions that it could return to IBM's PowerPC format, which PA Semi has based some of its chip designs on. "I wouldn't lose too much sleep over that," Jobs comments. "We're very happy with Intel."

by MacNN Staff





  1. starwarrior

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Real Love

    What better way to give powerpc insight to our new best friend Intel

  1. Geobunny

    Joined: Dec 1969


    well, obviously!

    Obviously they aren't going to change chip architecture yet again. Well, certainly not this soon after such a recent change anyway - developers would simply down tools and walk away from the platform and Apple would be derided for being indecisive again.

  1. Terrin

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Well, the cool thing about OSX, is it still runs on both Intel based processors and the PowerPC platform. So, do most newer applications developed for the Mac. Apple can jump ship again if it wanted to, and developers would fell no pain.

    However, I suspect Apple is thinking about putting OSX on a different type of device that might in the future use that technology.

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