NY Times: Apple hadn’t returned IBM phone calls for weeks, informed IBM of Intel deal on June 4

“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.”

Full article here.

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38 Comments

  1. I say forget IBM. They were not giving Apple the effort that was needed to keep their business. What has this world come to when Apple is expected to tell IBM, “Now, we’re looking at other companies because you won’t work on improving our processors.” Forget IBM, other reports are saying that IBM wanted to lose Apple anyway.

    On another note, If I NEEDED a new Mac now, I’d buy one. The decision to go to Intel wouldn’t afect my decision. I have an aging G4 800 Flat Panel iMac. It is near the end of its life-span, but for what I use it for, I should have a good two years left in it.

    Finally, I’m undecided on this whole Windows on a Mac computer issue. I left Windows three years ago cold turkey. I haven’t looked back. I had a Compaq, and that killed the whole Windows experience (if there is such a thing as the Windows experience). I have missed being able to play some of the Windows games, but the supremity of OSX has more than made up for that. In truth, as I’ve grown up, I’ve missed the games less and less. I’ll decide if I want to desicrate a Mac machine with Windows after I see how it works for others.

  2. Had IBM returned Apple’s calls…

    Had IBM not stonewalled Apple, while bending over backwards for game consoles…

    Had IBM not followed Motorolas footsteps into indifference for Apple…

    If Apple sells cars but can no longer rely on IBM or Motorola (Freescale) to DELIVER engines, what are they to do?

    The only people that CAN’T see the obvious answer are all the APPLE HATERS.

  3. To mcloki

    “Gee. If wonder if one of those phone messages said your Powerbook G5’s are ready.”

    Very good one ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” /> Thanks.

  4. You know, this adds another piece to the puzzle. Think of what we have seen posted in the comments again and again on this site. Think of the areas that windozers choose to attack the Mac on that we have to fight again and again. Think of the things that Mac Addicts voice as areas they wish Apple would do something about. And then look at what Steve Jobs has been doing. He is taking each of the Macs perceived “weak” points and cutting that argument off at the knees.

    1. There is no software for the Mac –
    What does Steve do?
    Switch to OS X which is Unix and lots of software can be ported more easily to work on the Mac. Also making it Unix really appeals to the uber geek crowd where a lot of the new stuff comes from. He focuses a lot on developers, making the WWDC one of the Key points of the year. And increases the number of programs and developers.
    2. Macs are too expensive –
    What does Steve do?
    Brings the costs of units down to where they are on a par for similiar systems, WITHOUT sacrificing the Macintosh Experience and Quality. And then comes out with the Mac Mini!
    3. Not enough people are being exposed to the Mac and the stores that do carry them can’t explain them adequately a lot of the time –
    What does Steve do?
    Mac Specialists in big computer stores carrying Macs and then Apple Stores.
    3. We need a headless Mac –
    What does Steve do?
    Again the Mac Mini.
    4. Macs are not good for gamers –
    What does Steve do?
    Well, what is happening right now? It looks like this problem may be solved by the deal with Intel.

    This pretty much leaves us with “The One Button Mouse sucks”, “You can’t build your own Mac”, and “Apple should advertise OS X more”. Will we see an optional two button mouse with a scroll wheel from Apple? My guess looking at the above would be yes. Will we see people get the ability to build their own PC and run OS X? That is much more uncertain but we certainly are once step closer to that with the deal with Intel. At some time I think we will see the third point and a VERY large Advertising campaign come out for OS X and Macs. In the meantime Steve has Apple on everyones mind and is exposing them to the quality of the Mac experience through the trojan horse of the iPod.

    This is a long term plan man. Steve gets one piece in place and then we see the next revealed. I think Steve had a good long time to think this all out as to how he would do things differently during his banishment. He has gotten his chance and is making all the right moves while still staying responsive to the changing environment and the wants and needs of the consumers (namely us). You can feel it happening like a giant wave starting to lift you up. The groundswell is coming and now we are starting to see the size of the wave and it’s gonna be a beauty folks.

  5. HG Wells.

    I got my dad a 1ghz iMac G4 two years ago and it too is nearing the end of it’s life.

    It’s still good for most things he does, but signs are showing. The biggest complaint is that he can not use the 3way video conferencing feature in iChat. He was dissapointed about this because us kids and his grandkids live in different parts of the country. iSight is one of his favorite features.

    My dad is also big on watching movie trailers on-line. I talked up quicktime 7 with h.264 quite a bit before it’s release only to find out it barely performs on his machine.

    There are other small things like animations in Dashboard… It’s still a great computer, but it’s becoming dated.

  6. There is a LOT of software missing on the enterprise side. Don’t come back with the arguement that you can find software for anything you would want to do. That is not the same thing.

    If you have to integrate with existing systems, you need the SAME software.

  7. DanoX:

    You live in a cloistered world.

    Imagine you were in the field of Architectural Lighting:

    http://www.agi32.com/
    http://www.lighting-technologies.com/
    http://www.visuallightingsoftware.com/
    http://www.castlighting.com/cast/software/products.jsp?SUBCATID=2
    http://www.etcconnect.com/products/products.asp?114

    Or maybe you dabble in the sound field:

    http://www.symnetaudio.com/index.php?Show=187&Show1=350
    http://www.rane.com/rpm88.html
    http://www.bss.co.uk/includes/product_list_include.aspx?header_id=1&archived_flag=0
    http://www.toaelectronics.com/d-901.asp
    http://www.eawcommercial.com/en/products/digital/dx810.shtml

    None of these programs exist for the Macintosh. There is no Mac equivalent. None. Nada. Zip. The fields of architectural lighting and installed sound systems are not the only two markets where this is the case.

    Bottom line. There are things you absolutely can not do on a Mac. Some of the above do not even work on Virtual PC. Yes. I have tried to evangelize the Mac to these manufacturers. You are welcome to try if you want. They won’t hear you. Nothing you say will be in any language they can understand. I must work with these programs. I have a 1912 Dell laptop to do it with. Believe me, if I had a Mac / real Windows laptop, I would be happy.

    I know this is a difficult concept for you, DanoX, but you are not the world.

  8. Mod Jack Arends up +5: Insightful

    (Sorry for the Slashdot-esque modding; I can’t think of a better way to do it)

    That’s quite an interesting way to look at it! Kudos to you!

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