Intel to buy Apple

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in macOS edited January 2014
Not sure where to post this but according to MacWorld UK:



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Intel to buy Apple?

By Macworld staff





The real reason why Apple has decided to use Intel chips is that Intel intends to buy Apple and take on Microsoft, according to Accidental Empires author and InfoWorld columnist Robert X. Cringely.



Before arriving at that theory Cringely, who boasts "twenty years in and around the PC business", looks at, and disqualifies, a number of potential reasons for Apple's move to Intel chips.



He also indicates that there are a number of reason that suggest there is more to the Intel chip switch than Apple CEO Steve Jobs is letting on in a very enlightening and informative article.



Cringely questions why Apple would reject the PowerPC's dedicated vector processor "that make them so fast at running applications like Adobe Photoshop and doing that vaunted H.264 video compression". Cringely recalls how "Apple loved to pull Phil Schiller onstage to do side-by-side speed tests showing how much faster in real life the G4s and G5s were than their Pentium equivalents".



He also asks: "What happened to Apple's 64-bit operating system?" He explains that Intel's 64-bit chips "are high buck items aimed at servers, not iMacs," and wonders: "Is Apple going to pretend that 64-bit never existed?"



Public announcement



Key to Cringely's argument is the fact that Jobs publicly announced the move. He wonders why such a public announcement was necessary, given that it could stop people buying new Macs in the next 12 to 18 months. "This announcement has to cost Apple billions in lost sales as customers inevitably decide to wait for Intel boxes," he writes.



"Apple's stated reason for pre-announcing the shift by a year is to allow third-party developers that amount of time to port their apps to Intel. But this makes no sense. For one thing, Apple went out of its way to show how easy the port could be with its Mathematica demonstration, so why give it a year?



"And companies typically make such announcements to their partners in private under NDA and get away with it," Cringely explains.



So why was it necessary to make the announcement publicly?



Cringely dismisses the argument that it was to placate Hollywood, suggesting that the built-in DRM features in the Intel chip that will disable pirating of music and movies could also be found in PowerPC chips.



Intel v Microsoft



He suggests that the reason for the move is "Intel hates Microsoft". He claims that in recent years "Microsoft has abused its relationship with Intel and used AMD as a cudgel against Intel".



He also suggests that "for Intel to keep growing, people have to replace their PCs more often and Microsoft's bloatware strategy just isn't making that happen, especially if they keep delaying Longhorn".



Cringely's conclusion is: "This isn't a story about Intel gaining another three per cent market share at the expense of IBM, it is about Intel taking back control of the desktop from Microsoft."



"Microsoft has no innovation that drives what Intel must have, which is a use for more processing power. And when they did have one with the Xbox, they went elsewhere," he writes.



"If Intel was able to own the Mac OS and make it available to all the OEMs, it could break the back of Microsoft. Apple could return Intel to its traditional role of being where all the value was in the PC world. And Apple/Intel could easily extend this to the consumer electronics world."



Where would this leave Steve Jobs? Well, according to Cringely, Jobs would finally beats Bill Gates, "and with the sale of Apple to Intel, Steve accepts the position of CEO of the Pixar/Disney/Sony Media Company".



http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/index...S&NewsID=11809

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 12
    maccrazymaccrazy Posts: 2,657member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by segovius

    Cringely



    eh?
  • Reply 2 of 12
    maccrazymaccrazy Posts: 2,657member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by segovius

    They will even for sure gain disaffected ex-Apple employees. Maybe even Ive. Whatever. Just saying that there's no real cause for alarm, there will always be the 'Apple experience' available, it just may not come from Apple that's all.



    Jobs and Ive are good friends so I doubt it. I want Apple to fill this market and I don't see Apple being bought while Steve runs it. A contract between the two would be possible but I don't think Apple will be sold (I hope).
  • Reply 3 of 12
    kim kap solkim kap sol Posts: 2,987member
    How can Microsoft, a software company, abuse Intel, a hardware company?
  • Reply 4 of 12
    maccrazymaccrazy Posts: 2,657member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by kim kap sol

    How can Microsoft, a software company, abuse Intel, a hardware company?



    By delaying the launch of Longhorn people aren't buying computers. Also MS doesn't stretch the processor enough - making it unnecessary to upgrade.
  • Reply 5 of 12
    bergzbergz Posts: 1,045member
    This is the 5th thread about this one article.



    --B
  • Reply 6 of 12
    maccrazymaccrazy Posts: 2,657member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by bergz

    This is the 5th thread about this one article.



    --B




    I was referring to a new article - and couldn't see anything about Intel buying Apple anywhere else.
  • Reply 7 of 12
    chris cuillachris cuilla Posts: 4,825member
    There is a slightly different scenario here that is possible.



    A while back Apple created an "iPod division". Cringley (again) spoke about this. He reflected back on a conversation he had with Steve in the earlier days of Apple, about why Apple would create a seperate division for something (Apple II and Mac at the time)...Jobs' answer? It makes it easier to kill (or sell) one.



    Apple could be positioning to sell the Mac division (OS X and all) to someone (Intel?).



    I don't think this will happen...but anything is possible.



    There was time when (at Apple) the Apple II was "all that". Now it is a ghost.
  • Reply 8 of 12
    bergzbergz Posts: 1,045member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by MacCrazy

    I was referring to a new article - and couldn't see anything about Intel buying Apple anywhere else.



    Here's a thread entitled Intel to buy apple??? which talks about the original article.



    Vox Barbara started one called "driving force behind (apples switch)" which references the same one.



    In one long thread someone posted the same original cringely article referenced in yours, and there's one other I also can't find.



    --B
  • Reply 9 of 12
    maccrazymaccrazy Posts: 2,657member
    I didn't look in general discussion. I do apologise - can a mod merge the threads?
  • Reply 10 of 12
    bergzbergz Posts: 1,045member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by MacCrazy

    I didn't look in general discussion. I do apologise - can a mod merge the threads?



    I just have "View New Threads" bookmarked. No need to waste time switching forums.



    --B
  • Reply 11 of 12
    maccrazymaccrazy Posts: 2,657member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by bergz

    I just have "View New Threads" bookmarked. No need to waste time switching forums.



    --B




    Oh good idea!
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