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WSJ.com – Apple Explores Use Of Chips From Intel For Macintosh Line

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.

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  • http://cheerleader.yoz.com/ Yoz

    How very odd – is it really possible that they’d just pick up OS X and move it to x86-64? I doubt it, somehow, even if they do have Darwin running on it. I’m most tempted to say that it’s not x86 they’re after but the ARM for some kind of handheld, but that would contradict the “for the Macintosh line of computers” bit. (Of course, the WSJ could have it wildly wrong there)

    If I could push you to a wild guess, Mr Betteridge…?

  • http://technovia.typepad.com Ian Betteridge

    I’ve heard from multiple sources over a course of several years that Apple has kept a small team working on ensuring that a port of OS X for Intel would be a quick and easy task – and that includes keeping up to date builds. Never enough to write a story, but enough to keep it as “background info” on file. Seems like the WSJ has done the work of tracking down former engineers that would give the necessary confirmation…

  • John

    It could be enough of an OS X functionality to support iTunes, Quicktime, and Bonjour, all 3 of which run on Intel under Windows. All of which drives an iPod video tablet with wifi, video codec, and remote control capability.

    (The remote control part is for the video-enabled Airport Express.)

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