“Based on the availability of Intel hardware and its own software, analysts speculate the Apple-Intel systems could come out as soon as the second week of January, when the Macworld Conference and Expo arrives in San Francisco,” John G. Spooner and Daniel Drew Turner report for eWeek. “‘It wouldn’t shock me if Steve Jobs would have one of these models in January for Macworld,’ where he traditionally takes the stage for the opening keynote address, said Joe Wilcox, analyst with JupiterResearch.”
Spooner and Turner report, “Intel, of Santa Clara, Calif., will officially launch its Napa platform, a collection of notebook chips that Apple has been widely expected to adopt at least in part, the week prior to Macworld. Intel will use the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas—where its CEO, Paul Otellini, will give a keynote speech—to showcase Napa, which is essentially the latest version of its Centrino chip bundle for wireless notebooks, and to discuss its Viiv brand for home computers, sources familiar with its plans said.”
“Although Apple might not use the Napa as a whole, analysts expect it to adopt Yonah, the forthcoming dual-core capable Pentium M processor, in its portables and possibly in its Mac Mini,” Spooner and Turner report. “Apple doesn’t appear to be headed for Intel on its professional side right away. Apple recently fitted its Power Mac line with new dual-core PowerPC 970MP chips from IBM, which it says gives the machines a significant bump in performance. The company also updated its PowerBook line with higher-resolution screens and stronger batteries.”
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