Friday, June 03, 2005

c|net reports Apple to switch to Intel

c|net today is reporting that on Monday, Steve Jobs will announce that Apple will switch to Intel:
Apple Computer plans to announce Monday that it's scrapping its partnership with IBM and switching its computers to Intel's microprocessors, CNET has learned.
I think c|net is misinformed, but that's just me.


Anonymous said...

I think that would be stupid. *IF* Apple was going to move to the x86 platform, AMD would clearly be the better choice with 64bit and dual core. I would not mind at all seeing a Athlon 64 single or dual core in a 23” HD iMac.

AMD would put Apple into the gaming market, strong 64bit and dual core with more memory access then Intel.

Not that I see any of this happening, as I’m sure Apple is waiting for IBM’s Cell processor with great anticipation. Perhaps what is what we will hear about during the WWDC 2005; Apple dropping IBM’s G5 for the Cell.

Plus Mac heads (which i intend to be one soon), i think, would revolt if Intel is used.


Jonah Lee Walker said...

I think this is crazy talk. No way. No way developers would be willing to change everything, and no one would buy another piece of Apple Hardware until this happened, which would kill their business until they could ship.

And I don't see the Cell as the answer, as it is so hard to program for, maybe as an altivec type chip, but I don't see it becoming the main chip.

haoniyao said...

I think Apple would license the PowerPC architecture from IBM and start making their own PPC chips before switching to x86 based architectures.

By switching to the x86 architecture, Microsoft would see them as a direct competitive threat and cause much havoc for them in the market.

Here's how they'd do it:
Drop further development of MSN messager, MS Media Player, and Virtual PC for the Mac. They would also discontinue support for MS Office 2004 for the Mac.

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