Mac on Wintel Will Mean Cheaper Laptops

Bloomberg is the latest of the news outlets to jump on the latest as yet unconfirmed news that Apple will move to the x86 architecture, according to Jean-Louis Gassee who oversaw Apple's products and research-and-development efforts from 1981 to 1990. "The main motivation is more and better processor choices''.

Steve Jobs will unveil plans to use Intel processors today during a speech at an Apple conference for developers in San Francisco, according to reports on Cnet Networks Inc.'s News.com, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Using Intel chips may enable Apple to make "smaller, lighter laptops'' and "more macho higher-performance laptops'' than possible with IBM and Motorola's chip business, spun off as Freescale Semiconductor Inc. That's because the processors create less heat and require less cooling, making it easier to build the slimmer styles consumers prefer.

Shares of Apple fell $1.80, or 4.5 percent, to $38.24 June 3 in Nasdaq Stock Market composite trading. The shares have surged 19 percent this year after tripling in 2004.

View: Full Article @ Bloomberg, thanks to Orangesoul for the link.

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