It opens some possibilities, but it also closes off some possibilities too.
For one, Conroe and Merom, et al. will not work dual-processor. The Xeon-class processors which do (or will, in late 2006) are very expensive. Will people buy PowerMacs that start at $3500?
For another, Intel will probably not permit Apple to sell any AMD machines, or machines with Nvidia chipsets, etc. This will close off a lot of innovation done by third parties, such as TOA, which is not espoused by Intel itself. Intel has a strong NIH culture. Intel's business pressure may have other unforeseen impacts on Apple's products, too.
Being part of PPC would have closed off way more possibilities than those outlined by the Intel Conference.
Well, they're dual processor. ie Dual Core. No different to what we have today. Except, it looks like Intel are going to outpace IBM going forwards for the computer segment IBM are rapidly getting out of. At IBM's current rate of development...we may get the Intel 06 chips sooner. Lower powered...cooler and more powerful. So, we won't lose anything. And Apple, if they do offer 'dual dual'. Why do you think that is? Same reason they offered dual processors in the first place. Because Motorola stalled at 500mhz. IBM have stalled at 2.5/7-ish.
And you can bet Apple will love to sell customers 'dual dual core' 'Xeons'. Because a 'dual core' will be competitive with all the other Intel products on Dell machines but have 'X' and iSuite and superior all in one widget factor. We won't have to use two processors to 'keep up'. So, 'dual dual' from Apple's point of view becomes unnecessary. It creates more product lines and revenue for them. Apple won't be 'behind' anymore after a 'leap and lull' of PPC promise. We'll get what everybody else gets. But the software, the 'Mac' oneness 'zen' will be the differentiating factor. I'm happy day with that.
Apple will have access to a greater array of chipsets than it does now. With most of the donkey work done by Intel. A CPU partner that cares about Chips for computers, laptops...and even iPods?
Will people buy PowerMacs at at their current price? Nope. Judging by their numbers. Hiding sales in Quarterly Conference Call.
Will they buy competitive cpus, that come out on time? That have a road map? That run cool? That can be supplied to the box maker, Apple? In sufficient volume to keep customers and demand happy? That blow what the PPC has out the water going forwards?
I think they will.
Apple will be able to differentiate their product far more with what Intel has to offer than they ever did with PPC. Intel's product portfolio looks more diverse from where I'm sitting.
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