AMD and Apple Rumors Part II

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MacBidouille has posted another AMD/Apple rumor. English Translation:

I have just received some rumors you will like.
Of course they're from an anonymous yet reliable source:

- Apple will start using 64 bit CPU during the following months
- The processor will probably be made by AMD rather than by IBM, the former having a much higher production capacity.

I should be noted that AMD's 64 bit proc for PCs is almost ready.
The processor has the advantage of being compatible with 32 bit busses.
So an x86 proc in a Mac or a PPC by AMD?
Translation assistance provided by whocares, crassusad44 and pianojoe
 

beatle888

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Feb 3, 2002
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my heads spinning with all this ****.
well, it looks as though apple is finally
looking at having multi suppliers.
 

bluecell

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Originally posted by beatle888
my heads spinning with all this ****.
well, it looks as though apple is finally
looking at having multi suppliers.
It's very doubtful that Apple will allow the Mac OS to operate on hardware from other vendors.
 

g4pismo

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If apple uses AMD, I wonder what that will do to the upgrade market. If it uses the *same*, exact chip, we may be able to stay up to date.. .. I still hope they choose IBM..
 

Catfish_Man

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LOL (literally)...

... AMD has a bigger production capacity than IBM??? What is this person smoking? AMD has capacity problems just making Athlons. IBM makes POWER4s, G3s, all the GameCube chips, 604es, etc... IBM has like 50 times the capacity of AMD ( an exaggeration, but not by that much. AMD has ONE fab).
Also, the Hammer doesn't use a memory bus, so it can't possibly be compatible with 32 bit busses (which, btw, no one uses anymore. They all use 64 bit busses).
This rumor is complete bull****.
 

zimv20

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Jul 18, 2002
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Originally posted by bluecell
It's very doubtful that Apple will allow the Mac OS to operate on hardware from other vendors.
regardless of who manufactures the main CPU, it will of course be in an Apple-branded enclosure, on an Apple mobo, etc.

one could take your statement quite literally and refute it easily: currently, the MacOS runs on hardware from IBM, Moto, ATI, etc.
 

Pismo

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Apr 30, 2002
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Now, if AMD could build Apple a 64-bit PPC processor instead of an x86 processor, that would be awesome!
 

wdlove

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Oct 20, 2002
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Originally posted by Pismo
Now, if AMD could build Apple a 64-bit PPC processor instead of an x86 processor, that would be awesome!
Can't wait!
 

blueBomber

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Nov 21, 2002
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in all honesty, either chip is going to be fast, but think of all the ppc apps that would have to be recompiled to work on an x86 mac..

I for one do not feel like buying Photoshop again...
 

Mr. Anderson

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This would be such a departure for Apple, the biggest move its ever made. They would have to be so worried about being competitive that they'd to move off a PPC platform, wow.

I'll believe it when I see it.

Can anyone think of possible reasons for not having PPC and AMD chips (other than the obvious). Would this lock in the future of Macs for using AMD or could it just be a temporary option that will last for a year or more while the IBM Power4 gets up to speed.

There were the rumors of the AMD Macs that were shipped out to testers (welded shut).....

D
 

adamcoop

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Feb 10, 2002
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For god's sake. Apple isn't going to drop the PPC. When are people going to realise that the x86 is at the end of it's life? And oh yeah, every software company that makes Mac software is just going to love to switch platforms after they've just put so much work into moving to OS X. Look how long that took!

More likely is that Apple has bought Motorola's share in the PPC group, and has recruited AMD as the second chip maker.
 

blueBomber

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Nov 21, 2002
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this rumor carries as much weight now as it ever has, none. This is all just wishful thinking by the PC community to have an option beisdes Windows as the premier desktop:D
 

LethalWolfe

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I'd like to add something new, but I can't 'cause I already spent all my original thoughts in the 6 other threads about this...

Lethal
 

blueBomber

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Nov 21, 2002
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and also, why is it when people say that Apple has a macos that runs on x86, they say "yeah, I'd believe it", but if people said microsoft has a windows that runs on ppc, they would say your insane? :confused: