Here's my theory about what happened in secret meetings between Apple, Intel and Nvidia. After hours of intense and laborious negotiations with Intel on new chips... Apple: Bottom line, we won't take Arrandale, unless you take the graphics out, and let someone else build the chipset for us. Intel: What are you going to do? Go to AMD? What have you been working on at your PA Semi plants? I hear your iPads have wings. Apple: Forget you Intel! Get outta here and and your piece of crap Arrandale with you! Apple walks out of negotiations with Intel. Later, leaks a press story stating that it may skip Arrandale to put the pressure on Intel. Apple contacts Nvidia. Apple: We've been friends for a long time? We wouldn't want to let AMD/ATI get in the way of our friendship now would we? See, we built this iMac and it doesn't need your chip. You don't have a chipset for Arrandale. What can you offer us? Nvidia: We are more than meets the eye. *wink* Apple takes a step back Nvidia: I think we can transform our loss into your gain. Apple: Huh? Nvidia: Optimus! Apple and Nvidia go over the details of Optimus, and Apple realizes that this will work perfectly with Arrandale. Apple starts as if to hug Nvidia, but then backs off awkwardly into a handshake. Apple: Deal, give us Optimus, and we'll keep using your products. Apple contacts Intel. Apple realizes that it has already won with the Optimus, but takes advantage Apple: Okay, we'll take your crap... err Arrandale on one condition. Promise to build us an OpenCL driver for the Arrandale and all future Intel IGPs. Intel: Only if you end this skipping Arrandale business. Apple: Deal, we'll let you leak a story to the media. Intel leaks story about Core i5 MacBook Pro Giveaway This story was originally posted on the Arrandale thread, but I moved it over here so as not to clog that thread. Other minor changes.