Is Apple’s revolutionary A4-powered iPad killing Intel?

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“Intel was clobbered after Barclays Capital said Apple’s iPad is eating away at sales of PCs and netbooks that use its chips,” John Melloy reports for CNBC.

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“‘The iPad’s tablet momentum has pressured the broader netbook and lower-end notebook arena,’ wrote Tim Luke, semiconductor analyst for Barclays,” Melloy reports. “Intel, the worst performer in the Dow Jones Industrial Average Wednesday, is now down for the year, while Apple is up 23 percent. The two stocks began to diverge right on cue in April, when Apple released the iPad that uses a self-designed chip called the ‘A4.'”

Melloy reports, “The analyst, who includes a chart in his report showing Intel’s forward price-earnings ratio at an all-time low, also cited a slowdown in back-to-school PC sales based on channel checks in Asia. Tablet alternatives using Intel’s Atom chip are more likely to be released in the first quarter of next year, Barclays’ Luke said.”

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  1. That’s absolutely retarded.

    Tens of MILLIONS of computers with Intel processors are sold every year.

    Apple’s A4 won’t KILL Intel, it’s giving Intel some good, HONEST competition. It’ll keep Intel on it’s toes.

    Competition is good Intel. It’s good for Apple. It’s good for ALL of us.!

  2. I know there’s been talk of Apple using AMD’s new AAU chips but I don’t see them using anything but their A4 and it’s successors in their iOS devices. There’s a reason why they bought out PA Semi.

  3. it’s only a matter of time until apple make the whole thing themselves , the cpu , the gpu the lot

    and they think that big building in Colorado is for some silly cloud computing gig ?

    steve’s always one step ahead , ALWAYS

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