Jun 4 2005
According to this CNET News.com article, Apple plans to slowly phase out their partnership with IBM and switch to Intel-based microprocessors. Is this simply a move to a better microprocessor manufacturer, or is this the start of something far more than just that?
Analytically speaking, this move is highly improbable. Intel’s 64-bit chips are nowhere near as powerful as the current G5 chips, and the PC industry is slowly moving from Intel to AMD. However, Intel does have one ball in their court. Intel is well known for making microprocessors that consume less electricity than competing models. If Apple is looking to make a more powerful processor that consumes less battery power for their iBook or PowerBook lines, then Intel is probably the way to go. The article states that this bit of news will be officially announced on Monday (June 6, 2004) during Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco. Until Monday, this is nothing more than a rumor.