Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Jul 2005 14:16 UTC
Apple Earlier this week, Ars Technica's Jon "Hannibal" Stokes published an article which claimed to show the *real* reason why Apple went Intel. In his article, 'Hannibal' says that part of the reason for IBM and Apple's failed business relationship was that Apple tried to pull 'stunts' to get more out of IBM than they were entitled. David K. Every begs to differ.
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japail
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2005-06-30

So what we have is a grossly unsubstantiated article written by an Apple zealot that claims that Intel will cater to the needs of Apple, among other bizarre things. The same Apple zealot that wrote http://www.igeek.com/CellProcessor.pdf five months ago. Take special note of the manner in which Intel's products are all referred to, and the similar five-year IT COULD BE HUGE vibe. Except now it's the Apple/Intel alliance that COULD BE HUGE.

Apple is a comparatively low-volume customer. The biggest asset Intel gains from their partnership is brand association. Apple is a hot brand because of the success of the iPod, and the Mac has the mystique of being thought of as a luxury computer with an exotic and shiny operating system. Intel is getting paid to be associated with the Cool Kids, and to put the final stake into the chest of non-x86 desktop computers. Expecting them to cater to the whims of Apple, though, is just supreme arrogance.

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kellym Member since:
2005-07-06

What makes you think that he is saying that Intel is catering to Apple other than to give good prices?

>Apple is a comparatively low-volume customer.

WHAT? Apple is the 5th largest PC manufacturer on the plannet. Thats hardly low-volume.

Besides, with the iPod, Apple has the potential to demand quantities of processors in excess of that of Dell.

(And what's wrong with osViews track record?)

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japail Member since:
2005-06-30

> What makes you think that he is saying that Intel is catering to Apple other than to give good prices?

Do you actually read the articles on your site?

"Intel will do for Apple..."

"Apple wants iPods..."

"This is a huge win for Intel..."

> WHAT? Apple is the 5th largest PC manufacturer on the plannet. Thats hardly low-volume.

Apple ranks fifth in the U.S. market, not the world market.

Here's some relevant information for various quarters in the last few years:
http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,111622,00.asp
http://www.dataquest.com/press_gartner/quickstats/pc.html
http://www.gartner.com/press_releases/asset_112218_11.html

You can purchase data from Gartner directly if you want.

Dell ships more computers in one quarter than Apple sells in a year.


> (And what's wrong with osViews track record?)

In the last weeks the articles from your site (many of which you were credited with having submitted here no less) have been unsubstantiated flamebait. Have we forgotten the last two QNX submissions, one of which is proudly available at Trollaxor's website?

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