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Apple to use Intel processors?

It's an interesting thought, and typical of the radical thoughts of John Dvorak's columns. His prediction: Apple Computer Corp. will switch to Intel processors within the next 12 to 18 months. He has some good argument as to why it might happen (or at least, why it should happen), but he goes one step further: run new Apples on Intel's poor-selling (but very powerful) 64-bit processor, Itanium. Get OS X to run native on that proc, and it would haul-ass. But getting Intel and Apple to play nice with each other, without pissing off Microsoft, may be another chore entirely.

Another question I have: Where does AMD fit in all of this? AMD processors have always had a more efficient architecture, but haven't been able to hit the high-gigahertz range to make them a complete knock-out of Intel (and their constant delays in releasing AMD 64 haven't helped). If Intel wants to knock out AMD for good, a deal with Apple might be the way to go. However, I could also see AMD's relationship with Microsoft flourishing if Intel works with Apple. But this is all speculation, obviously, and will probably never happen, but it's sure fun to think about.

Posted by Jake on 03/23/03 @ 11:15 AM
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