WSJ.com – Apple Explores Use Of Chips From Intel For Macintosh Line (subscription required).
The computer maker has been in talks that could lead to a decision soon to use Intel Corp. chips in its Macintosh computer line, industry executives say, a prospect that may shake up the world of computers and software.
This is no surprise at all – in fact, I’d be surprised if Apple wasn’t occasionally talking to Intel about their chips. At the moment, Apple is tied to a single supplier for the most crucial part of its computers, the processor, and that’s a situation that’s never ideal for any company. It opens you up to a whole barrel of potential problems, especially if your supplier hits roadblocks in its product plans.
However, before anyone starts shouting: A Mac based on an Intel processor does not mean you could run Mac OS X on standard Intel-based PCs. Forget the idea of running OS X on a Dell – it isn’t going to happen.