Apple/Intel Partnership=Apple Tablet Computer
With Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC2005) about to begin in San Francisco, more talk is hitting the net that Apple is to make an announcement that Intel chips will be used in the next generation of Mac portables. Furthermore it seems that if this is true, then an Apple Tablet computer using an Intel chip could also be just around the corner. For more details, check out this full story link below. We will keep you updated on all the Tablet PC related happenings at the WWDC this week as we continue to receive reports.
|Apple deal would shake the PC box
Report that Macs will use Intel chips stirs controversy
“SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Apple Computer Inc. is expected to announce Monday that it will use Intel Corp. microprocessor chips in its signature Macintosh computers beginning next year, ending a longstanding relationship with International Business Machines Corp., according to published reports.
The move would be a stunning departure for Apple and could present the company with significant business and branding challenges, particularly with regard to the company’s famously loyal customer base.
A change could also deliver a blow to both IBM, which has manufactured Power PC processors for the Macintosh since 1994, and Freescale Semiconductor Inc., which provides processors for Apple notebooks and the Mac Mini. Apple accounted for 3% of Freescale’s $5.7 billion in 2004 net sales.
Apple’s announcement is expected Monday when Chief Executive Steve Jobs delivers the keynote speech at the company’s annual conference for software developers in San Francisco, according to a report Friday on CNET News.com.
The Wall Street Journal on Saturday confirmed CNET’s story; the newspaper reported last month that Apple was discussing the switch with Intel.
According to the CNET report, Apple would shift its lower-priced computers such as the Mac Mini to Intel chips in mid-2006 and higher-end machines such as the Power Mac in mid-2007.
Spokesmen for Apple and IBM could not be reached Sunday for comment. Spokesmen for Intel and Freescale said they could not comment on what each referred to as “rumor and speculation.”
Reports of an Apple-Intel partnership lit up Internet blogs and message boards on Sunday. Technology and marketing commentator Om Malik, for example, wrote that Apple apparently is targeting laptops and the development of its rumored portable Tablet PC, and that an Intel alliance could be a means to capturing greater share of the computer business…”