IBM Dumps the ThinkPad in Favor of Apple?

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Date: Thursday, December 9th, 2004, 10:34
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LinuxWorld has a story theorizing about why IBM sold its PC division “to get even with Microsoft for all that bad blood over the early versions of Windows”

Once publicly free of the PC division, will IBM either buy, or form a close joint venture, with Apple – to sell its PCs, which coincidentally are now built around IBM’s PowerPC chip? That’s the question being asked by tech-savvy commentators who wonder what will happen next if Big Blue truly goes ahead and sells the division to the Chinese company Lenovo.

Engadget‘s take on it

IBM is jettisoning its PC business in order to more closely partner with Apple (there?s also talk of a merger or acquisition, but that?s just crazy talk). It?s not exactly clear what would be the result (or specific advantage) of such a close collaboration, but Apple does already use IBM?s PowerPC processor in its Macs, so the thinking is that IBM might end up jumping right back into the pool, this time selling laptops running on OS X and powered by their very own chips. That seems a little way out there for the moment, but at the very least selling off its PC unit does free IBM to try and push its chips to more and more manufacturers.


LinuxWorld has a story theorizing about why IBM sold its PC division “to get even with Microsoft for all that bad blood over the early versions of Windows”

Once publicly free of the PC division, will IBM either buy, or form a close joint venture, with Apple – to sell its PCs, which coincidentally are now built around IBM’s PowerPC chip? That’s the question being asked by tech-savvy commentators who wonder what will happen next if Big Blue truly goes ahead and sells the division to the Chinese company Lenovo.

Engadget‘s take on it

IBM is jettisoning its PC business in order to more closely partner with Apple (there?s also talk of a merger or acquisition, but that?s just crazy talk). It?s not exactly clear what would be the result (or specific advantage) of such a close collaboration, but Apple does already use IBM?s PowerPC processor in its Macs, so the thinking is that IBM might end up jumping right back into the pool, this time selling laptops running on OS X and powered by their very own chips. That seems a little way out there for the moment, but at the very least selling off its PC unit does free IBM to try and push its chips to more and more manufacturers.

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