Does Apple love Intel?

Rumours abound that Apple are to switch their Mac processors from IBM's Power PC to chips made by Intel. Of course, Intel make most of the processors that drive Windows computers – so is the Mac destined to become little more than a high-design PC?

Rumours abound that Apple is to switch its Mac processors from IBM's Power PC to chips made by Intel. Of course, Intel also make most of the processors that drive Windows computers – so is the Mac destined to become little more than a high-design PC?

 

For some weeks now there have been whispers that Apple and Intel are in talks. But what have they been talking about? Many analysts now think that Apple is going to switch the high-end processors that run its machines, because IBM can't make its G5 chips go fast enough. CNET is even predicting that the announcement will come sometime today.

 

Apple boffins have already managed to run the Mac OS X software on Intel-based PCs, so switching to Intel chips shouldn't be difficult. But it does remove one of the differentiators between Macs and PCs – and Apple has long boasted that its G5 chips are better than the competition, so what's changed its mind? It could simply be that Apple wants cheaper chips to make cheaper computers. But there are also tales of frosty relationships between Apple and its current chip supplier, IBM.

 

Only time will tell if this rumour is true – we think there's certainly a chance that Apple could make the move, but it could just be that Apple and Intel are discussing the future of wireless networking. After all, Intel rule the roost with the new high-speed standard WiMax, and Apple ignited the wireless revolution with Aiport…