Did Apple make a mistake by switching to Intel? We may never know, but Apple had more options than has been previously reported, The Register can exclusively reveal. A chip start-up that created a high performance, low power processor compatible with existing Mac software had been working closely with the computer company for many months. “PA Semi was counting on that deal,” said one source. “They had lots of guys walking around in a daze when Apple went to Intel. They had no idea that would actually happen.” Ars’s Hannibal, criticaster of Apple’s reasoning to switch to Intel, also expressed his thoughts on this issue.