Who knows...Nermal said:That's my thought too. What's in this for Freescale?
Thy do say that they will be buying "work in progress that was in place at the time the agreement was executed", so Freescale do have an assurance that they aren't being stuck with inventory already earmarked for Apple.Freg3000 said:What is Freescale's motivation for entering into an agreement like this? What do they get besides liability. Apple doesn't have to buy anything but they have to keep making them if Apple says so.
They do have an agreement in place with IBM through 20 October 2007.avus said:I wonder if Apple is going to make a similar agreement with IBM for G5 (PPC 970)...?
Actually, this was one of my first thoughts upon reading this news. Apple may not be planning on using G4s in regular Macs until 2008, but the PowerPC (especially the G4) is a good chip for lower power embedded type applications, and it's a chip that Apple already knows and supports perhaps better than any other.csubear said:<conspiracy theory>
What is the G4 really know for? Low power embedded systems. Why would apple want chips till 2008? Well for the new i-thing that acts as a media hub for your living room
The agreement extends through the end of 2008, even though Apple announced it would deliver Intel Macs beginning mid-2006 and that the transition to Intel would be completed by the end of 2007.Under the terms of the agreement, subject to certain conditions, Freescale is obligated to supply its microprocessors for orders placed by Apple through December 31, 2008. Apple is under no obligation to purchase Freescale microprocessors other than work in progress that was in place at the time the agreement was executed.
I heard that it was so that they could do repairs. Also Appleinsider said this:DeSnousa said:Freescale is obliged to provide G4 chips untill 31, December 2008 I hope Apple is just be cautious and not thinking off using the chips until that time.
However, Apple is "under no obligation to purchase Freescale microprocessors other than work in progress that was in place at the time the agreement was executed," the company said in a regulatory filing.
If you have a G4 based mac and becomes a lemon, they will give you an Intel, it will be in the purchase contract (read the small letters)aptmunich said:Yeah, if you buy a G4 based mac just before the middle of 2006 and buy applecare for it, Apple would still need to have a stockpile of those systems until the middle of 2009.
I totally agree with this assessment as it makes quite a lot of sense. As to Freescale's reason for getting into it, being that they've not disclosed any information about anything remotely better than a G4 this means they at least do have a customer for their chips if Apple does keep using them for a while.aptmunich said:Yeah, if you buy a G4 based mac just before the middle of 2006 and buy applecare for it, Apple would still need to have a stockpile of those systems until the middle of 2009.