Re: [NTLK] Concerning Apples Switch to Intel Chips...

From: Norman Palardy (
Date: Thu Jun 23 2005 - 08:49:29 PDT

On Jun 23, 2005, at 12:58 AM, Steve wrote:

> Moving to Intel chips is going to give Apple a lot more flexibility
> in the future. Right now Intel's got some nice chips in the pipeline
> and tons of manufacturing capability. Having OSX and all major
> applications ported to the x86 architecture would allow for a switch
> to AMD were they to significantly pull ahead of Intel in the price/
> cost/performance balancing act.
Several things really seem to have conspired for Apple to make this
move :

        1) IBM's lack of willingness to improve the G5 for portables without
Apple investing a huge amount of money (like 2 billion)
        2) Intel's long term road map looks good for lower power high
performance processors for laptops and other portable devices
        3) Intel's manufacturing capability and the fact that Apple is using
the same high volume processors as others so there's no product
        4) IBM & FreeScale's lack of a long term roadmap for the PowerPC family

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