ibm thinkpad and apple

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by kuyu, Dec 9, 2003.

  1. kuyu macrumors 6502a


    Sep 16, 2003
    I am shopping for a notebook and checked out IBM's thinkpad series. They aren't bad notebooks, if you are using them primarily for business (typing). The strange thing is that IBM doesn't use there own processors. Is this due to the cisc/risc difference, or windoze not being risc compatible?
    Did Apple strike an exclusive deal that only allows mac's to use IBM "brains"?

    Thought you guys and gals might know.

    *side note* I searched far and wide, and the 12 inch ibook is the best notebook as far as features, price, and aesthetics are concerned. Go Apple!
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Thinkpads are built to run primarly windows (maybe Linux), windows runs on x86 (Intel, AMD) architecture. It's as simple as that AFAIK.
  3. cwedl macrumors 65816


    Jun 5, 2003
    IBM have a close relationship with Intel, it allows IBM to gain access to key Intel technologies that would allow it to be quick to market with high-powered, cutting-edge systems. Intel, for its part, benefits by acquiring know-how from IBM, a seasoned builder of servers.

    Source 1

    What IBM say

    I think IBM thinkpads are the one of the best laptop PCS, I like them, if I buy a PC I may consider one of those.

    I have a 12" powerbook, they are lovely! the keyboard is the best I have ever used, and I love the operating system (10.3.1).

    I played with a new 12" ibook, they have made a lot of improvements, and it is fast, they keyboard as been improved but still lacks what the 12" powerbook keyboard has, either way they are both beautiful machines.

    You have may the right choses in my opinion, you have to chose if you want Mac osx or Windows?
  4. kuyu thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 16, 2003
    cwedl, I will go mac (99% sure), unless my stepmom can get me a thinkpad cheap, as she works for big blue. I agree that of pc notebooks, IBM is the leader, then toshibas, then dell. However, IBM's have a way of working like they are supposed to, just like mac's. but, the thinkpad is expensive. So, for a discount I'll get a thinkpad and an ibook if possible. Both together would be cheaper than a 15 inch pbook.

    As much as I try to hate windows, it is so damned compatible, and it would be nice to have both, as VPC is really slow by all accounts. But if i must choose one, it's a mac all the way.
  5. cwedl macrumors 65816


    Jun 5, 2003
    Kuya, I know what you mean, IBM thinkpads do look expensive. When it comes to compatibility though, I have receive files from windows users all the time, and I seem to be able to open them all, they range from word files to eps files. If liked playing games then I would have definitely chosen a thinkpad, for anything else apple makes it easier!

    look luck!!!

    update us on what you choose! thanks.

  6. blue&whiteman macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    I don't get why you could go with either. they are 2 totally different worlds of computers.. its not a choice of ibook or thinkpad near as much as a choice of mac or pc. another angle is do you want an os that works with you or against you? ibm does make the odd cpu for pc though but only desktops. they are quite rare though and of course cisc.
  7. Redboy macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2003

    I have a T20. It's fine, but the video card is underwhelming and not compatible with some stuff. It's nice a light for a PC and relatively sturdy. IBM has been great support-wise.

    Apple makes better laptops, though. I think they make the best laptops, period. I wish I had one. I'm thinking about trying to sell my Thinkpad and some other stuff and get a G4 iBook. That would be nice.
  8. patrick0brien macrumors 68040


    Oct 24, 2002
    The West Loop

    I have one of each. Sitting right next to each other right now. The IBM T30 is wired to the 12PB to use the PB's wireless connection to boot.

    They get along famously.

    Though I admit this: I use the IBM to test my Oracle instance against some Velocity Macros I've been writing, but it is the Mac I trust, so it has not only a synched copy of the entire file system of the IBM, but the rest of my life including my iTunes library as well.

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