Apple joint venture products

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  1. owazio macrumors member

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    I am sorry if this is the wrong place to post my topic.

    I just wanted to know does Apple has any joint venture produces, if so is the combination between Intel processors an Macbooks known as a joint venture?

    I hope anyone can help me out because i am trying to relate my previous business courses to my current one !
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    No. Apple simply buy components from Intel. It would only be a joint venture if Intel collaborated on the design.
     
  3. applefan1997 macrumors 6502

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    Apple used to have joint ventures in the past, including Sony (PowerBook 100), IBM (PowerBook 2400c). The most famous would be the PowerPC design, which was collaborated on with Motorola / IBM.
     
  4. jaw04005 macrumors 601

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    Not currently. Since Steve Jobs has returned, Apple pretty much does everything in house. The last joint venture product they had was the "iPod + HP."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HP_iPod

    Even in that agreement, it wasn't the true economic definition of joint venture --- more like a marketing/distribution arrangement. Apple was just supplying iPods to HP and HP was rebranding them in exchange for HP installing iTunes on all their computers. Depending on the assignment, you might could pass this off as a more recent joint venture.

    The Intel-based Macbook is not a joint venture product. Intel is simply a supplier. They're not assuming any risk for the Macbook product.

    I would dig deep back into Apple's history. At one point, they had an actual joint venture between them and IBM to develop a new operating system similar to NeXTStep.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taligent
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaleida_Labs

    Also, the original Apple, IBM and Motorola alliance that created the PowerPC may qualify.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIM_alliance

    Then there's the ARM alliance too.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARM_architecture
     
  5. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    And with that, I think your homework is done. :D
     
  6. owazio, Jul 5, 2010
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    owazio thread starter macrumors member

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    I see, but what do you mean collaborated on the design?

    I think you mean if both Apple and Intel invented a new Macbook trough using Their experiences as a single product.

    I would like to know if Apple has:

    Long term plans: 3 years or less

    Short term plans: short term plans 1 year or less

    Operational plans: Technical plans

    Directional plans: flexible plans

    I think that Apple will never merge or to be acquired by other companies because Apple's Vision is to be on to of all companies around the world. Therefore, it's impossible to for Apple to have a single use plan ( merger and acquisition).

    Please correct me if i am wrong !!
     
  7. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    I'm sure they have all of those types of plans.
     
  8. owazio thread starter macrumors member

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    lol, it's not my homework !

    It's just something i would like to know about :)
     
  9. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I very much doubt Apple have that many planes. I suspect that you meant plans in each case. They probably do but as they are very secretive and do not publish or publicise these things it views on them be complete speculation without citable evidence (and therefore a terrible idea to include in any academic work).

    Here's an idea for you: go and do your own research...
     
  10. owazio, Jul 5, 2010
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    owazio thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the information, TRUST ME there are no clear statements about these kind of information in Apple's website.

    I have visited other forums to known more about Apple and they started it as i did (this is not a research or a homework) in fact it's about my previous semester and i am trying to relate it to my current course.
     
  11. Peace macrumors Core

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    Not so fast kids!!

    Apple and Intel had a joint venture in building the prototype Intel Mac Pro for developers when Apple switched to Intel processors.
     
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  13. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    You mean the Developer Transition Kit machines? I've never heard of Intel being involved in the design. Those machines simply featured standard Intel motherboards/P4 CPUs etc in Power Mac cases.
     
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    Well they weren't involved in the physical design but were heavily involved in the motherboard. I used to have a bunch of pics of mine but time blew them away.
     
  15. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Again I had not heard Intel had much to do with it. It is possible that Apple contracted Intel to make the motherboards for them but that's far different from a joint venture, in which both companies would share the risk of the project as well as the profits from it's success. Intel are not sharing (beyond being a supplier) in Apple's profits.
     
  16. Peace macrumors Core

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    They worked together in Beaverton,Oregon at the Intel think tank.
     
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    I seem to remember that the MacBook Air, at least the first generation, used a specially designed Intel CPU. I think that would qualify as a joint venture as well.
     
  18. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    It had a standard CPU on a custom package that Intel sold to other system integrators a couple of months later. Again as there was no sharing of profit I would not consider this a JV in a business sense.
     
  19. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    Okay, my bad then. :)
     

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