i am writing a term paper on why apple switched to intel...

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by berfmurret, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. berfmurret macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2004
    For senior seminar the one and only assignment is a term paper on a topic of our choosing. My proposal was the use of Intel chips in a Mac, including details about performance and reasons why this is happening. This would inherently include a bit of history on the G5 as well.. :cool:

    im not asking you to do my HW for me. just some links and whatnot to get me started. help me along :eek:

    thanks! :)
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
  3. munkees macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2005
    Pacific Northwest
    understand intel products is where biggest answer is

    To get the real answer why intel, well it is done to a one stop shop intel has processor for different kind of devices, other than PC, might want to see other intel chips fit apple product line.

    understand why ibm failed apple there is a lot of information
    i would use google.

    might want to compare possible other solutions against intel and try to see why they pick intel
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    If you want a (non-analytical) history of Apple's computer designs, try apple-history.com .... :)

    I'm sure IBM maintains a site on the history of the Power architecture.
  5. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    From my standpoint of writing a paper on that topic I would focus a lot on the business end of the deal.

    Performance is semi-obvious on this type of argument and quite boring (reading numbers and graphs never tells the whole story). We all know that IBM's ability to deliver more PPC chips was pretty poor. So Apple went shopping. Big changes happen mainly cause of big business. Remember to argue what chips IBM was preparing and why Apple didn't go with that.
  6. jtalerico macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2005
    Money (Intel)

    Lies (IBM, Intel)

    Power (Apple, Intel)

    Start there..
  7. Flowbee macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA
    The lesson here is to do a little research *before* choosing a topic.
  8. eRondeau macrumors 65816


    Mar 3, 2004
    Canada's South Coast

    I have absolutely no way to support this claim, but...

    Don't ever underestimate the ability of Arrogance to screw-up a good thing in the corporate world. Perhaps IBM was taking Apple for granted, and of course IBM knew that this whole Sony PS3 megadeal was in the works, so all of a sudden Apple wasn't that important a customer anymore. Maybe IBM's CEO didn't return Steve's calls fast enough, or maybe Apple got hold of a IBM memo that was negative or insulting, or maybe their kids didn't get along at daycare. The point is, at a top corporate level, customer relationship management is as much about respect and courtesy as it is about product performance and availability. Right now Apple is "the" computer company, and you would think that IBM would bend over backwards to even be associated with them. But then again, IBM doesn't exactly have a stellar track record of making the right decisions over the past 25 years.
  9. AJBMatrix macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2006
    Athens, Georgia
  10. berfmurret thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2004
    okay. i already understand the basics of why. ive watched every apple keynote for the past 3 years. i lurk on mac message boards. visit the rumour sites. i have the basic grasp. i could write the paper with my knowledge and sources as-is...

    im just asking if anyone has seen any articles pertaining specifically to this subject. thats all really. a thousand sets of eyes is better than one.

    thanks again.
  11. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    wall street journal had some articles on this very topic.

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