Apple Plans to Switch From I.B.M. to Intel Chips

Update – it’s now on the Apple site: Apple to Use Intel Microprocessors Beginning in 2006

In the New York Times this morning – free registration required to read the story:

“Steven P. Jobs is preparing to take an unprecedented gamble by abandoning Apple Computer’s 14-year commitment to chips developed by I.B.M. and Motorola in favor of Intel processors for his Macintosh computers, industry executives informed of the decision said Sunday.

The move is a chesslike gambit in a broader industry turf war that pits the traditional personal computer industry against an emerging world of consumer electronics focused on the digital home.

“This is a seismic shift in the world of personal computing and consumer electronics,” said Richard Doherty, president of the Envisioneering Group, a Seaford, N.Y., computer and consumer electronics industry consulting firm. “It is bound to rock the industry, but it will also be a phenomenal engineering challenge for Apple.” ”

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