Intel Mobile Chips in Short Supply? Update on MacBook.

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    IDG News reports on comments by Taiwan's Asustek Computer that Intel was unable to keep up with the high demand on mobile CPUs. Laptop sales are expected to hit record highs this year, and so is demand on Intel's mobile CPUs.
    Aside from their own computer sales, Asustek performs contract-based sales, including production of Apple's MacBook computer. Whether or not this may affect future MacBook supplies remains entirely speculative. Asustek, however, reassured investors that it did not expect this shortage to affect its sales.

    In a separate note, despite our belief that an upgraded MacBook was scheduled for arrival as early as today (or "within the next week"), this was not the case. New information reveals that this specific expectation was based on faulty information, and should be disregarded.

    This, however, does not negate the existing rumors that the MacBook was expected in the "first half of November" and MacBooks could still see updates imminently.

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    as long as this doesn't effect the macbook update ....
     
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    iQuit

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    First IBM

    Now Intel.
     
  4. Guest

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    Does this mean...PowerBooks G5 next Tuesday? :rolleyes:

    * ducks and covers *
     
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    The popularity of laptops has definitely increased substanitally over recent times. One would have hoped Intel could have predicted this and accurately prepared for it, but I guess hindsight is always 20/20 and it's easier said than done.

    Hopefully this hasn't impacted MacBook updates, but I guess only time will tell...
     
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    You mean: first motorolla, then IBM, now Intel...

    What does Apple do to these chip guys?
     
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    I've said it before on these Forums and I'll say it again:

    Please, don't be that guy... :rolleyes:

    :p ;) :D
     
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    Something about this sounds familiar... I can't quite put my finger on it though...

    -Clive
     
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    the difference this time is that apple's in the same boat as everybody else.

    there's always a guy.
     
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    After going through Motorola chips, IBM chips and now Intel chips, Steve Jobs has no choice but to move on to Sun chips... :cool:
     
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    No, no. Mid-Range Tower next Tuesday!

    -Clive
     
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    Apple should dump intel and switch to some other architecture.

    These chips look promising, and they run about 2x - 2.5x faster
     
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    Sad...

    the means NO macbook update today......I guess my plans to go the apple store are now cancelled...:confused::(
     
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    Dude, those sun chips are the best. Whenever I use them, I always end up working faster!
     
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    Yep, Steve would be a fool not to switch to them... :D

    (Fixed image attachment above, btw...)
     
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    OR...if mobile chips are in short supply, they could actually start stocking their desktop machines with...

    wait for it...

    DESKTOP CHIPS!


    Yet another reason to move on from that silly strategy.
     
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    Desktop chips would no doubt output more heat than the mobile chips though, and in the iMac's crowded enclosure I'm not sure how that would go over... ;)
     
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    Umm, not so good...

    On my iMac G5, which had a desktop chip after all, I sometimes had CPU temperatures of above 70° C.
    My intel macs CPU temperatures rarely exceed 40° C.

    Nuff said...
     
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    Umm, Apple would be back to square one if they did that.

    Remember, the reason to switch from PowerPC to Intel was not because of issues with desktop performance, per se.

    The issue was mobile chips; there is still no good modern mobile PowerPC chip (we never saw anything close to a mobile PowerPC G5; good luck seeing a laptop chip based on POWER6).

    Laptops are a huge part of Apple's success right now, and Apple absolutely made the right move, as there is nothing to compare to the mobile Core 2 Duo chips right now.

    -Zadillo
     
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    Thanks, this helps prove my point.

    Case closed then. :p ;)
     
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    Intel has repeatedly given Apple new processors before even ANNOUNCING them, much less offering them to other PC makers. Apple lets Intel innovate without Microsoft's shackles, and is great for boosting Intel mindshare. Intel LIKES Apple.

    If there are shortages, it may well not be Apple that feels the brunt.
     
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    :apple:Let's just hope we see a macbook update soon! And hopefully a worthwhile one!:apple:
     
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    Quite true - case in point the new batch of Penryn chips for the Mac Pro.
     
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    ...and are monstrously power hungry and cost far far more (aka they are high-end server chips)... yeah they are very good but not what Apple needs.
     
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    Intel has the fab capacity to respond to product demand spikes much better then IBM (or others) currently have. I am not overly concerned about it at this time.
     

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