Linked by David Adams on Tue 27th Jul 2010 07:44 UTC
Intel An interesting article at Ars Technica takes a look at some compelling data (the longer-than-normal processor update cycles in Apple's personal computer lineup) and speculates that Apple's enthusiasm for its partnership with Intel might be cooling. Like Apple's soured relationship with once-BFF Google, this may be the result of Intel's increasing activities in the mobile computing space.
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RE[3]: PPC
by nt_jerkface on Wed 28th Jul 2010 05:18 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: PPC"
nt_jerkface
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2009-08-26

Look at an industry that does not need to run legacy x86 software: the PPC is at the heart of all three current generation game consoles.


Yea but that has more to do with reducing manufacturing costs with a custom in-order cpu than dropping x86 overhead.


- is just nonsense. PPC delivered in spades. Apple switched to Intel for two reasons: Intel gave them a better deal for processors, and it made it easier for Macs to play Windows games... and that second reason is probably more important than the first.


No they switched because the PPC couldn't deliver when it came to processing/power. Intel was leagues ahead when it came to power efficiency and Jobs couldn't wait for IBM to catch up.

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RE[4]: PPC
by biffuz on Thu 29th Jul 2010 08:30 in reply to "RE[3]: PPC"
biffuz Member since:
2006-03-27

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- is just nonsense. PPC delivered in spades. Apple switched to Intel for two reasons: Intel gave them a better deal for processors, and it made it easier for Macs to play Windows games... and that second reason is probably more important than the first.


No they switched because the PPC couldn't deliver when it came to processing/power. Intel was leagues ahead when it came to power efficiency and Jobs couldn't wait for IBM to catch up.
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Yes, but the statement about Windows is correct. There are a lot of people who need Windows on their job. A lot more than those who need a Mac, and with an x86 chip Apple can serve both worlds. And Linux and everything else.
People loves Macs, and they're much more prone to buy them if they know they can always run Windows.

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