Originally Posted by Sevenfeet
Apple buying Intel won't happen. Apple has no desire to make money on everyone else's mainline chips (and ceasing production is stupid for a zillion reasons). What Apple can do is have Intel build it's A-class ARM chips instead of Samsung. I'm sure Apple would love that but Intel still would have to get over being just a chip-fab for a competitor's technology.
Intel has produced ARM chips before. So I wouldn't go that far.
I know this all sounds kinda gloomy, but the entire reason we still use the 80x86 design today is because Intel has failed every time they tried to introduce something better. Right idea, wrong time. The 80386 was introduced almost 10 years too early for software to use it. They produced their own RISC design later replacing it with ARM on XScale before selling it to Marvell. Intel still holds an ARM license.
So Intel producing ARM parts again, strong possibility. It doesn't necessarily mean they will get into designing ARM parts again. ARM parts belong in Mobile devices not servers. x86 parts may eventually be thrown aside for ARM or some successor to it when there's no more room for improvement, but there's still at least one more die shrink left before it's entirely uneconomical, and even then without redesigning software to take advantage of additional cores, most desktops and servers will be stuck at quadcore levels. At any rate, Intel is dreaming if they think their ATOM parts have any value beyond being used in cheap linux routers/micro-servers.