Apple and Intel Partnership Officially Announced
CEO’s Steve Jobs of Apple and Paul Otellini of Intel share a hug as the announcement was made today at the WWDC2005 San Francisco (Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference) during Steve Jobs’ keynote.
This time it appears Apple are the “switchers”. LOL
Although the news does not come as a complete surprise as there has been some speculation of the Apple switch to Intel; it is a bold move on Apple’s part and a shock to the industry. Since 1990 Apple has used the PowerPC chips manufactured by Motorola and the latest generation by IBM. Intel has always been associated with Windows machines, so this seems to be an odd partnership.
Steve Jobs made the reasoning clear to attendees of the WWDC stating that “Our goal is to provide our customers with the best personal computers in the world, and looking ahead Intel has the strongest processor roadmap by far,” he said. “It’s been ten years since our transition to the PowerPC, and we think Intel’s technology will help us create the best personal computers for the next ten years.”
What does this mean to Tablet PC users? Well there has been additional specualtion that the recently issued US patent for an Apple “Tablet Computer” may be a part of the plan. At this point it has been noted that Apple will make provisions for older software to run under the new Intel platform which will replace the IBM/Motorola PowerPC chips starting in 2007.