“Apple Computer customers shouldn’t expect to see ‘Intel Inside’ stickers slapped on the sides of their beloved Macs anytime soon. That’s the consensus of industry analysts, who spent Monday digesting a Wall Street Journal report that Apple was considering a switch to Intel microprocessors for its computers now powered by IBM chips,” Michael Bazeley reports for The Mercury News. “Such a move — to a chip found in 80 percent of the world’s computers — would be a major technological and philosophical shift for Apple, which has prided itself on going against the grain of the computer industry.”

“Apple has reportedly been frustrated with IBM’s inability to manufacture its PowerPC processors quickly enough. And Apple has so far been unable to build a laptop that can successfully tap IBM’s G5 Power PC processor, which runs hot and uses a lot of power,” Bazeley reports. “IBM has also been quiet about its long-term plans for personal computer chips, and analysts said Apple may be concerned about how committed the company is to the product.”

“Rumors about an Apple-Intel alliance have cropped up intermittently for more than a decade. In summer 2002, Bear Stearns analyst Andrew Neff said there was a better than 80 percent chance that Apple would begin using an Intel chipset within two to four years. [Analyst Tim] Bajarin said the rumors are no surprise. Apple and Intel have talked many times over the years and could well be talking again,” Bazeley reports. “But Bajarin said the companies are more likely brainstorming how Intel chips might work in other Apple products — some of which may never make it out of Apple’s research and development labs, he said. One possibility is that Apple is eyeing Intel’s XScale processor, used in a variety of handheld devices. The technology could be used in a future version of Apple’s popular iPod or another type of mobile device, analysts said.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Okay, they finally seem to be figuring it out. As in the related “hogwash” article from Electronic News below, the full article also features quotes by Kevin Krewell, editor in chief of the Microprocessor Report and an analyst for InStat, about how he considers this thing to be a ploy by Apple to send a message to IBM. Now, can we have some other Apple-related news, please?

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