Inside the big Switch: the iPod and the Future of Apple

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Date: Monday, July 11th, 2005, 00:06
Category: Opinion

ArsTechnica’s Jon Stokes shares some insight on Apple’s switch to Intel processors and the company’s dysfunctional relationship with IBM and Motorola:

As I said in my previous post on the 970MP and FX unveiling, the new PowerPC processor announcements from IBM raise a number of questions about timing, like, when will these parts be available? how long has IBM been sitting on them? why the apparently sudden leap in performance per watt on the same process after a year with so little improvement?
The announcements also raise serious questions about why, if these great parts were just around the bend, did Apple really jump ship for Intel? Was it performance, or performance per watt, as Jobs claimed in his keynote speech, or were there other, unmentioned factors at work?
I have some answers to those questions, and I’ll pass them along below. However, those answers come complete with their own vested interests, so feel free to interpret them as you will.

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ArsTechnica’s Jon Stokes shares some insight on Apple’s switch to Intel processors and the company’s dysfunctional relationship with IBM and Motorola:

As I said in my previous post on the 970MP and FX unveiling, the new PowerPC processor announcements from IBM raise a number of questions about timing, like, when will these parts be available? how long has IBM been sitting on them? why the apparently sudden leap in performance per watt on the same process after a year with so little improvement?
The announcements also raise serious questions about why, if these great parts were just around the bend, did Apple really jump ship for Intel? Was it performance, or performance per watt, as Jobs claimed in his keynote speech, or were there other, unmentioned factors at work?
I have some answers to those questions, and I’ll pass them along below. However, those answers come complete with their own vested interests, so feel free to interpret them as you will.

Read More…

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