Apple to ditch IBM, switch to Intel chips
This move has been a long time coming. The only question is which Intel CPUs Apple intends to use. It is unlikely that it will be the Pentium 4, and then another question is why Apple didn't choose AMD when its motherboards are already using HyperTransport? I just copyed the CNET article heading because it summed it up best. Still, the concern over Apple losing customers over a switch to Intel? I think the analysts are putting way too much stock in Apple's current customer base and aren't paying attention to their target customer. Apple is going to head in after the corporate customer, and they definately weren't going to get there if they couldn't supply computers consistently to their 3% of the market.
Apple didn't have any choice in the matter as to whether or not to switch to another chip manufacturer. IBM obviously has their attention in the server and console market and isn't putting the type of attention on the relationship with Apple that Steve Jobs would have liked. Also, don't think that Jobs ever forgot about how silly IBM made him look when he announced that Apple would be at 3 GHz in a year, way back in 2003.
I can't say that I am all that suprised. Intel has been talking about its CPU virtualization hardware for a while, and it is set to debut in chips this year. A couple of days ago, the new Intel CEO said that if users wanted to have better security they should use Macs. It begs the question though as to whether Apple will remain in the hardware business. It is kind of obvious that they don't always make the best decisions where this is concerned, and their software is definately their strong suit. One look at Mac OS X and you just know.
So where is Apple going with this? That is unclear, but it will rock the Mac world for better or worse, probably worse in the short term because no one will upgrade their PowerMac G5s unless they have to do so. I know that I can hold out until 2006 with what I've got, 2007 may be a stretch though. I might just have to upgrade early. Still, for this story to come out in this way gives it much creedence. If it weren't true, why would it be published on CNET. There is no backing out of it now, Apple could be going head to head with Microsoft, but that wouldn't be such a bad thing now would it?