Seems IBM is pulling the old oh yeah well I was about to break up with you so there. <br><br>As Apple Computer officially made the announcement to integrate Intel chips in its Macintosh products starting 2006 and completing the transition by 2007, executives at IBM said Apple did not discuss the break off until the very last minute, according to a news report by The New York Times.<br><br>"Several executives close to the last-minute dealings between Apple and I.B.M. said that Mr. Jobs waited until the last moment - 3 p.m. on Friday, June 4 - to inform Big Blue. Those executives said that I.B.M. had learned about Apple's negotiations with Intel from news reports and that Apple had not returned phone calls in recent weeks," a recent The New York Times article confirmed.<br><br>The matter is still not clear, as Apple said IBM failed to deliver faster PowerPC chips that Jobs had promised for faster Macintosh products. International Business Machines, however, said the performance issue is a secondary one, as the real issue is related to pricing. IBM stated that Apple failed to invest the financial resources that IBM required to deliver the microprocessors that Jobs had promised. An IBM executive further added that business was not profitable, and thus IBM "decided not to continue to go ahead with the product road map," the article at The New York Times quoted.<br><br>Jobs also said that IBM had failed to meet the company’s technology roadmap, which also led to the end of relationship between IBM and Apple.<br><br>
I just can't wait for the supply problems to start with the Cell processor and the X-Box and Nintendo processors. <br><br>If IBM couldn't keep up with little ole Apple Computer, then how are they going to produce tens of millions for the consoles?<br><br>
The bottom line is money.<br>It sounds like IBM can make good money supplying chips for the game consoles.<br>Apple had a nice marketing name but there wasn't much profit in making chips for Apple. <br>Anyway, that's what I read.<br><br>
I was trying to think...<br><br>In the last 2 years of the G5, Xserve and the iMac G5, I wonder how many processors we're talking about? A few million? <br><br>Then again....IBM knew that going in. Apple probably asked for a big discount due to lack of performance, IBM said no...bye bye IBM.<br><br>So Apple just went with the company that rarely has supply problems, and has a little competition to keep them honest. <br><br>
I don't think losing Apple will hurt IBM financially other than what investors now think of them. But, I find it humorous that they are saying they weren't informed of Apple's decision until the whole world knew and now they're saying well it was our decision blah blah.<br><br>
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