March 3, 2005 2:52 PM PST

Apple has Intel inside--sort of

SAN FRANCISCO--It's not the product some have been hoping for, but there is already one Apple Computer machine that has "Intel Inside."

For a long time, people have suggested that Apple make its Mac OS X operating system work with Intel chips. While the Mac maker has not done so, it has used Intel processors in one of its recent products--the Xserve RAID storage system.

Intel-powered Xserve

Intel included one of the rack-mounted storage systems in a display at this week's Intel Developer Forum here. The device sat in a rack, surrounded by products from more familiar Intel customers such as IBM and Dell.

According to Intel marketing materials, the Xserve RAID uses Intel's IOP 331 chip, a derivative of the XScale processor. The IOP chip, which is used in many storage systems, is designed to speed the task of shuttling data in and out of a computer system.

The use of an Intel chip does not appear to be part of a broader trend, however. Apple has resisted demands to move away from the PowerPC chips made by IBM and Freescale Semiconductor.

As recently as last month, Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer reiterated that Apple has no plans to offer Mac OS X on anything other than the kinds of chips it currently uses. In the past, CEO Steve Jobs has said that such a move is technically feasible, but not something the company has seen a need to do.

An Apple representative was not immediately available for comment.

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Getting into the iPod/Apple "halo" effect
I do not know for sure, but Intel should build hundreds of
different tipes of chips.
This noticce from Intel appears to me like trying to "get Intel-
brand inside" the Apple halo.
The same is for the "concept" mini Intel... a plastic box to be
deliver in two years... against an actually delivering product.
Posted by lmasanti (293 comments )
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Getting into the iPod/Apple "halo" effect
I do not know for sure, but Intel should build hundreds of
different tipes of chips.
This noticce from Intel appears to me like trying to "get Intel-
brand inside" the Apple halo.
The same is for the "concept" mini Intel... a plastic box to be
deliver in two years... against an actually delivering product.
Posted by lmasanti (293 comments )
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Desperate for ANY Apple association
Wow first they make an ugly imitation of the Mac Mini but
completely non-functional and now some spin about using a
communications chip from Intel. These poor bastards are
desperate.
Posted by Clues (84 comments )
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you're a moron
desperate??? what the hell are you speaking of? why don't you go and take a look at intel's revenue last year, and then take a look at apple's. enough said.
Posted by mortis9 (370 comments )
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Desperate for ANY Apple association
Wow first they make an ugly imitation of the Mac Mini but
completely non-functional and now some spin about using a
communications chip from Intel. These poor bastards are
desperate.
Posted by Clues (84 comments )
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you're a moron
desperate??? what the hell are you speaking of? why don't you go and take a look at intel's revenue last year, and then take a look at apple's. enough said.
Posted by mortis9 (370 comments )
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Can you say "Sensationalist Reporting"
To claim that the Xserve RAID is "Powered by Intel" is just
inacurate, yet another news.com story that starts with a
sensational headline and waters the claim down in the body of
the story. Why not try: reporting the facts?
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Can you say "Sensationalist Reporting"
To claim that the Xserve RAID is "Powered by Intel" is just
inacurate, yet another news.com story that starts with a
sensational headline and waters the claim down in the body of
the story. Why not try: reporting the facts?
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Apple Developed This Processor! (sort of)
If you trace back the history of the Intel XScale processor you find its based on the ARM architecture which Apple used to half own with Acorn Computers back in the 1990s. The ARM processor was used in the Apple Newton and I think its also used in the iPod (and loads of phones/PDAs). I think Apple sold their stake in ARM a few years back.

CNET are grabbing at straws with this article!
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Apple Developed This Processor! (sort of)
If you trace back the history of the Intel XScale processor you find its based on the ARM architecture which Apple used to half own with Acorn Computers back in the 1990s. The ARM processor was used in the Apple Newton and I think its also used in the iPod (and loads of phones/PDAs). I think Apple sold their stake in ARM a few years back.

CNET are grabbing at straws with this article!
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CNET : ENQUIRER...ENQUIRER : CNET
Once again CNET wallows in the gutter with hack journalist like the National Enquirer.

Are you & that fearfull of people possibly switching to Apple / IBM PowerPC / MacOSX OR Linux / AMD64? (i.e. abandon the WintelDell cartel monopoly & your biggest advertisers)

Wow!

Intel/IBM/AMD/APPLE are all great professional companies that are doing their best to advance technologies around the world.

Maybe, some day, CNET will be in that list of "professionals" as well...
Posted by Llib Setag (951 comments )
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sad but true
cnet used to report news. now they just see how many of us will comment to their fluffy stories that lack real content.

so they write dumb stories, and we're suckered into reading and talking about them. who's smart now?
Posted by Dibbs (158 comments )
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CNET : ENQUIRER...ENQUIRER : CNET
Once again CNET wallows in the gutter with hack journalist like the National Enquirer.

Are you & that fearfull of people possibly switching to Apple / IBM PowerPC / MacOSX OR Linux / AMD64? (i.e. abandon the WintelDell cartel monopoly & your biggest advertisers)

Wow!

Intel/IBM/AMD/APPLE are all great professional companies that are doing their best to advance technologies around the world.

Maybe, some day, CNET will be in that list of "professionals" as well...
Posted by Llib Setag (951 comments )
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sad but true
cnet used to report news. now they just see how many of us will comment to their fluffy stories that lack real content.

so they write dumb stories, and we're suckered into reading and talking about them. who's smart now?
Posted by Dibbs (158 comments )
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