CNet: Apple to Ditch IBM, Switch to Intel Chips

Saturday, June 4th, 2005 @ 1:18 pm | Mac

Apple Computer plans to announce Monday that it’s scrapping its partnership with IBM and switching its computers to Intel’s microprocessors, CNET has learned. Apple has used IBM’s PowerPC processors since 1994, but will begin a phased transition to Intel’s chips, sources familiar with the situation said. Apple plans to move lower-end computers such as the Mac Mini to Intel chips in mid-2006 and higher-end models such as the Power Mac in mid-2007, sources said.

I’ll believe this if it’s announced on Monday.

My fear about such a move is that unless Apple sprinkles some serious pixie dust on this new architecture, certain companies that seem to begrudgingly develop Mac software might use this as an excuse to jump ship.

Looking into my dusty crystal ball, I wonder if the supposed lag between moving low-end and high-end systems to the new architecture means that Apple anticipates it taking longer to port over higher-end, higher-performance products (cough, cough, Photoshop). Or could it be an issue the availability and cost-effectiveness of 32 bit processors and 64 bit processors?

2 Responses to “CNet: Apple to Ditch IBM, Switch to Intel Chips”

  1. Stoddard Says:

    Yeah, it’s hard to get a baton if i don’t know your blog exists

  2. Eric Says:

    Eh, details 🙂