“Some things in life are just inevitable,” E. Werner Reschke writes for T-GAAP. “Concerning Apple and its Mac computers, at some point it is inevitable that the company will grow tired of Intel’s main CPU pricing, known in the industry as the ‘Intel tax.’ The Intel tax is a bitter pill for computer makers to swallow, as Intel’s gross margins can reach upwards of 80% for their CPUs.”
“Compared to OS X devices, iOS devices pricing has remained very consistent over time. That can not be said for Macs,” Reschke writes. “Roughly every six months any given Mac model receives a processor update and the price goes up or down by $100. The reason is simple: Intel.”
“How long will Apple allow Intel to dictate their Mac upgrade cycles and prices on its OS X products?” Reschke writes. “Recent rumors are beginning to point to the inevitable – Apple will turn to its own ARM based A-Series processors for Macs… It is inevitable that Apple will eventually leave Intel for its own class of processors.”
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