Well this news has the press in a tizzy:
WSJ: "Apple Explores Use Of Chips From Intel For Macintosh Line" -- "The computer maker has been in talks that could lead to a decision soon to use Intel Corp. chips in its Macintosh computer line, industry executives say, a prospect that may shake up the world of computers and software." Quote via MacSurfer's Headline News.
I couldn't help but wonder why this news/persistent rumor was surfacing again at such a precarious time for Apple. After all, they were smacked on Friday with a sexual/race/POUS (Person of Unusual Size, for you Princess Bride fans -- no disrespect intended to the person) lawsuit. While the lawsuit is almost surreal given that Apple has been friendly to alternate lifestyles with benefits and all, it has some serious ramifications, not the least of which is to drag Apple's name through the mud and tarnish a company with an arguably good reputation in this arena.
My gut tells me the Intel news is a smokescreen. My heart tells me that it isn't. My heart wants to believe that we'll see Apple/Intel machines - even Centrino-based PowerBooks/iBooks - that will bring the cost of Macs down even further. I know this is a hot topic, and I'm not throwing it out for flamebait. There are pros/cons of Apple/Intel. I like the prospect.
The rehashed rumor mongering is always out there. A "highly placed employee of Apple" told a friend who told so and so at the WSJ and so on. Rinse, repeat.
Whatever the case, it is a news generator and stock mover for Apple. As of this writing, Apple is up 82 cents.
Thoughts? Is this a smokescreen, rehash, or does this seem to have more credibility coming from the WSJ?