Originally Posted by Junkyard Dawg
Many Mac users associate Motorola with some of Apple's darkest days. Be assured that Apple has no intention of ever again relying on the PPC architecture as a CPU.
Once you see the transition about to take place, the response will be "that was obvious, why didn't I think of that?" At least that's how I responded. Motorola currently has industry leading areas of expertise that Apple will leverage to create a novel but seemingly inevitable leap in the performance of Mac systems. The performance leap will utilize existing Intel CPUs, and Mac OS X is already uniquely engineered to exploit this new hardware technology, which will only be marginally more costly to produce than existing systems. I don't know anything about the business/marketing side of it, but presumably Apple expects increased volume to more than compensate for lower profit margins.
Ok, let's look at what Motorola Makes and see if anything fits what you're telling us...
Accessories - Battery Charger? I think not.
Bar Code Scanning - A MBP with a bar code scanner? Interesting, but thats a no.
Biometrics - Been there, done that.
Cable Broadband - No need.
Cellular Networks - uh, hello? They're giving up. Apple is killing them with the iPhone.
Dispatch - Oooh. A MBP with 911 Dispatch capabilities. Alas, the market for this wouldn't be very big.
M2M Wireless Modules - Possibly, but it isn't groundbreaking.
Micro Kiosks and Payment Terminals - No way in hell.
Mobile Computers - I think this goes without saying.
Private Broadband Networks - Again, nothing groundbreaking.
RFID - This helps mobile computing how?
SCADA Systems - No relevance whatsoever.
Services - This doesn't even compute.
Set-tops - I hate Motorola cable boxes.
Smartphones - LOL.
Software and Applications - Apple could shutdown their software division and let Motorola take over development of Snow Leopard. Or not.
Telco Broadband Networks - No.
TV Video Distribution - Again, I hate Motorola Cable Boxes and their distribution systems.
Two-Way Radios - Public Safety - Oooh. This could be groundbreaking!! (Pause) (Pause) (Pause) NOT!
Two-Way Radios and Pagers - Business - This is NOT groundbreaking.
Wireless Broadband Networks - When is this gonna end?
Wireless LAN - Almost there...
Done! Well, thats the list of everything Motorola offers, straight from their website. And again, there's nothing in there that could be of any value to Apple in their Macbooks. Maybe they could use some of the TV stuff to help out with the Apple TV, but I don't see that happening.
Conclusion: Motorola doesn't have an expertise. Thats why they suck.
And I apologize for my inclusion of Borat humor.