Apple Watchers Dubious But Abuzz Over Intel Rumor
CNet claims that Apple will finally spring the long-rumored IBM-to-Intel chip switch at WWDC on Monday, but analysts remain skeptical.CNET News.com claims that Apple will announce a switch to Intel x86 processors on Monday at its annual Worldwide Developers Conferencea move that has been rumored for years yet never materialized. According to the report, the switch would start with Apples low-end computers by the middle of next year, with higher end systems following in 2007. The report has not been without questions to its validity and most analysts remain skeptical due to numerous unanswered problems that would arise from such a major architecture change. News.com did not address several issues, including the lack of emulation for easing the transition and necessary support from major third-party developers such as Adobe and Microsoft. Even Intel CEO Paul Ortellini added his two cents after the original Wall Street Journal report last week, calling such talk the "Haleys Comment of rumors" at the papers D conference on May 24. However, Ortellini refused to confirm or deny the rumors.
Neither Advanced Micro Devices nor Intel has made it any secret that they have attempted to court Apple in the past.