“An Intel processor inside a Macintosh could put the vast library of Windows-based games and software programs within the reach of Mac users – at least those who are willing to run a second operating system on their computers,” John Markoff writes for The New York Times. “Moreover, having Intel Inside might solve an important perception problem that has long plagued Apple in its effort to convert consumers who are attracted to the company’s industrial design, but who have stayed away because the computers do not run Windows programs.”
“There is an immediate risk in the tie-up with Intel, however: Mr. Jobs could soon find himself trapped if his best customers stop buying I.B.M.-based Macintoshes while they wait for more powerful Intel-based systems, which are likely to begin arriving in January 2006,” Markoff writes.
Markoff also reports, “Several executives close to the last-minute dealings between Apple and I.B.M. said that Mr. Jobs waited until the last moment – 3 p.m. on Friday, June 4 – to inform Big Blue. Those executives said that I.B.M. had learned about Apple’s negotiations with Intel from news reports and that Apple had not returned phone calls in recent weeks.”
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