“What are to we to expect from Apple? Would the company petulantly reject these new dual-core processors for the subsequent generation or two of high-end Macs yet to come before the Intel changeover is complete? That would be crazy. Apple will use the highest-power IBM chips it can get for its top-end Macs right up to the point where it makes the jump to Intel,” Robert X. Cringely writes for PBS. “This simple knowledge changes everything. And it certainly justifies a second look back at the Apple/Intel announcement and what the heck is really going on.”
“For all Steve had to say about IBM’s supposedly puny processor roadmap, he had to have known these dual-core chips were coming. But since they weren’t mentioned at that time in the official IBM roadmap, he didn’t have to refer to them. This says a lot about the timing of the announcement. I wondered why Apple was pre-announcing the processor jump by a year or more? The timing was unknowingly set by IBM. To have the greatest impact, Apple had to make the announcement before IBM revealed the new dual-core chips so the pundits would buy the move as logical, so that the announcement would help Intel and hurt IBM the most,” Cringely writes. “Why would Apple want to hurt IBM? Apple wouldn’t, but Intel WOULD. That had to have been part of the deal with Intel, to kick IBM in the corporate groin, and Jobs certainly did so. Now what’s in it for Steve? This is not solely about the price of chips.”
“The whole Apple/Intel deal gets curiouser and curiouser. I wonder if Apple even intends to go forward with the changeover? My guess is they will, but only if Intel complies fully with more unannounced terms of the deal. As I have written in previous columns, Apple is working on its own movie download service (HD movies at that!), and I believe that service and ClickStar are one in the same,” Cringely writes. “Good pricing is not enough reward for Steve Jobs kicking IBM in the corporate groin at the behest of Intel. Let’s guess, then, that not only will ClickStar morph into ITMS, but that Intel’s ‘digital home entertainment devices’ will be ITMS-compliant. No Microsoft, no Real, just H.264, FairPlay, and something behind Door Number Three… Get ready for the Video iPod, which will presumably be available from more than just Apple. HP is already on board and these clues suggest Intel is likely there, too.”
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