Bulldozer will support AVX, FMA4, XOP & CVT16. AMD has never lacked for supporting the SIMD stuff. Intel's lead is basically in process technology, power and fab capability with strength in Integer.
Yes, i already said Bulldozer version of Fusion will compete with IvyBridge, not SandyBridge. Which makes the matter worse. And by AMD's track record, they have been missing target deadline all the time.
Apple would be smart (IMO of course) to bring in AMD on the low end in 2011 and remain competive.
As someone point out. Apple doesn't need to lower price to Stay competitive. As a business model, Apple are like LV and Gucci. Did you ever see LV and Gucci goes on Sale? Lower Price Point? These are premium brand. Smaller Mid Class Brand may make 10 - 20 times the volume and revenue, but they still make LESS TOTAL profits then Premium brand.
Just hopped on Best Buy
They all have $999 units with Core i5 and some i7 models. 4GB of RAM and 500GB HDD on the avg.
The problem are not within the component price. The highest cost of BOM inside all Macbook Pro and iMac is actually aluminum. Did you see ANY Price Range of Laptop out there build with a Single Block of Aluminum? Are there any laptop that gives you a feeling this thing is not going to break easily, because it is METAL!. Not Plastic.
I think all analyst were too busy with iPhone sales and iPad. Has no one realize the impact of Aluminium price risen by more then 50% in one years time?? Aluminium was a more expensive material to start with, and its price has only gone up. The unibody manufacturing process cost has also gone up.The Fixed Cost
of MBP are much higher then other Laptop to Start with. That is why MBP cant get much lower price. And using AMD fusion wont save you $100 dollars.
For Lower Cost Computer, that is where Apple A4 ( ARM ) and iPad comes into play.
adding two GPU to a computer IMO is a waste. If Intel's IGP graphics were decent then there would be no need to expend the finances and engineering resources on adding in discrete graphics
Again as stated before. Two GPU in a computer is now an ideal way to go forward. Because of the way GPU works and designed, unless there is a major breakthrough you can never get a Powerful GPU to acceptable Idle power. You need a GPU for Low power ( GPU inside CPU ) and a discrete GPU for GPGPU usage and Heavy Graphics Lifting. Now it is not important if the GPU inside CPU is powerful or not ( In apple preparative ), they want the GPU inside CPU to be very power efficient. And Intel is doing a great job on this end.
Forgot to mention another point, Apple will still need to work with Intel on Lightpeak. And there are Intel software engineers on LLVM.