"...Apple is at risk (pun not intended) from a real bust up
between IBM and Motorola, who despite being partners seem to get on
less well than AMD and Intel. If the cold ware between IBM and
Motorola limits the evolution of the PowerPC as a desktop CPU - a
limited market for either company, so neither need be too loyal to
their only significant customer there - that can cause real
problems if you're working, as Apple is, in an industry where
performance is all."
"Several Apple insiders have already claimed to have seen a
prototype Crusoe-based PowerBook running an early Intel version of
Rhapsody via the chip's x86 compatibility layer (though it has to
be said that's primarily because there Transmeta doesn't yet have a
PowerPC compatibility layer)."
"Apple's differentiation also means that it could reintroduce
licensing in a limited form. If Apple has been talking to PC
manufacturers, it means that it no longer considers licensing a
problem. CEO Steve Jobs canned cloning - rightly so - because it
was cannibalising Apple's own market share, but that's less of an
issue now. Sure, Apple doesn't want mass cloning, but if a small
number of Intel guys want the MacOS X, why not let them license it?
Apple's hardware is well able to compete, and by widening the
potential audience for MacOS X - by allowing people to try it
without having to buy a completely new system - Apple may feel
it can encourage x86 users fed up Microsoft's monopoly but
discouraged by Linux's user unfriendliness to move over at a later
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