Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Feb 2006 19:49 UTC
Apple "AMD has been a leader in getting 64-bit technology off the PowerPoint and into servers, desktops, and wherever else they can put it and has a clear-cut technology advantage over most of the current crop of Intel processors. For a company that likes to 'Think Different', Apple chose a conservative path in selecting Intel processors to power its latest generation of computers." In related news, our favourite Windows Apple fanatic Paul Thurrot wonders why there's no PC equivelant of Apple's iLife.
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oi
by postmodern on Wed 1st Feb 2006 21:22 UTC
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2006-01-27

Maybe it's because "Think Different" is a slogan, not a philosophy for Apple.

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RE: oi
by qcubed on Wed 1st Feb 2006 21:51 in reply to "oi"
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2006-02-01

There's that, but also the simple fact that Intel chips, at least for the laptops, have far superior chipsets and lower power consumption for far higher performance than their AMD competitors.

Desktops are another story, but for now, Intel dominates the laptop world--which is probably what helped tip them over to Intel.

Y'know, since the a huge reason for them ditching IBM/Freescale was the fact that they couldn't get a G5 laptop chip.

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RE[2]: oi
by cerbie on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 21:55 in reply to "RE: oi"
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2006-01-02

...more like because AMD can't brand or market.

AMD does have chips with similar (in fact, pretty much dead even clock-per-clock) performance, and comparable power use (Apple is not using LV or ULV chips!). The chipsets are pretty nice, too. EFI could have been a dealbreaker, though.

What they do not have is Intel, and people know Intel. In addition, I doubt AMD could cut them a good price break. Intel has been known to do that.

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RE[2]: oi
by cutterjohn on Fri 3rd Feb 2006 17:32 in reply to "RE: oi"
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2006-01-28

"There's that, but also the simple fact that Intel chips, at least for the laptops, have far superior chipsets and lower power consumption for far higher performance than their AMD competitors. "

This is no real excuse as Apple could have picked AMD for desktops, and Intel for notebooks... unless Apple is getting a discount on CPUs based on the total # ordered, and not by particular model...

On a related note: Are powerbooks/ibooks/macbooks outselling XServes and Powermacs now?

(... must look up what proc is used in ipod... )

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