“Apple Computer is reportedly in talks with Intel about using the semiconductor giant’s processor chips in its MacIntosh [sic] computers, but at least one analyst thinks the rumors are false,” Jessica Davis reports for Electronic News. “‘I think it’s hogwash,’ said Kevin Krewell, editor in chief of the Microprocessor Report and an analyst for InStat. ‘I frankly find it hard to believe that these talks are anything but a ploy by Apple to get IBM’s attention. Apple may have been feeling neglected because of all the IBM activity at E3 last week and wanted to send a message to IBM.’
Davis reports, “Krewell pointed out that the software transition would be expensive and create additional configurations to support. ‘There’s no inherent advantage in the Intel architecture over the PowerPC, so I don’t think there is a technical advantage to the Intel architecture that IBM cannot duplicate,’ he said. ‘Also, Apple would now have to launch its products in time with Intel and the rest of the PC business. Where is Apple’s advantage? Where is Apple’s unique timing?’ Krewell asked. ‘With such a small percentage of the market, Apple will have to get in line behind Dell, HP, Lenovo, Gateway, etc.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: On June 23, 2003, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the Power Mac G5 line saying, “The 64-bit revolution has begun and the personal computer will never be the same again. The new Power Mac G5 combines the world’s first 64-bit desktop processor, the industry’s first 1 GHz front-side bus, and up to 8GB of memory to beat the fastest Pentium 4 and dual Xeon-based systems in industry-standard benchmarks and real-world professional applications.” Jobs also said the systems will soon get faster. “Within 12 months, we will be at 3GHz,” Jobs said. “Believe me, this architecture has legs.” June 23, 2004 came and went. Today, May 23, 2005, marks the 11th month after the latest day that we were supposed to get 3GHz G5 CPUs, according to Jobs. Perhaps he wants IBM to know that he doesn’t want to hit the full year anniversary? If so, we bet that IBM has heard the message loud and clear today.
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