Apple & Intel: The rumours won't die

Written by Jason Cundall

June 4, 2005 | 23:09

Tags: #powerpc

Companies: #apple #ibm #intel

Whilst we (and for we, read the whole world and it's dog) were all pretty skeptical about the news, it seems that we may have got it wrong. According to updated information on the web, Apple will announce a switch to Intel CPUs on Monday, at Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Fransisco. If true, the Introduction of Intel silicon will be phased over several years, with lower end hardware such as the Mac mini gaining the new processors next year:

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.

The announcement is expected Monday at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco, at which Chief Executive Steve Jobs is giving the keynote speech. The conference would be an appropriate venue: Changing the chips would require programmers to rewrite their software to take full advantage of the new processor.

IBM, Intel and Apple declined to comment for this story.

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So the parties involved are keeping schtum - until Monday at least, if the story is true... And it makes it interesting what's happening with the Intel / AOpen Mini - It's using a Pentium M... Will a Intel-ified Mac Mini share the same processor in future, as well as looks?

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