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Apple and Intel strike a deal.
Speaking before the WWDC today in San Francisco, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced Intel Corporation of Santa Clara will in the future supply the Cupertino company with its processors.
Plans are to ship Macs with Intel CPUs by '666' - 6 June 2006. All Macs will run with 'Intel inside' by 'the end of 2007'.
Rumours of the impending announcement spread across the world in the past week.
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At the same time Apple may be poised to put 'Intel inside', both Microsoft and Sony are ready to embrace the PowerPC for their games consoles.
The back burner x86 project Marklar left the research lab for the first time with Jobs previewing OS X 10.4 'Tiger' on an Intel-based Macintosh.
'Our goal is to provide our customers with the best personal computers in the world, and looking ahead Intel has the strongest processor roadmap by far', said Jobs.
'It's been ten years since our transition to the PowerPC, and we think Intel's technology will help us create the best personal computers for the next ten years.'
'We are thrilled to have the world's most innovative personal computer company as a customer', said Paul Otellini, president and CEO of Intel.
'Apple helped found the PC industry and throughout the years has been known for fresh ideas and new approaches. We look forward to providing advanced chip technologies, and to collaborating on new initiatives, to help Apple continue to deliver innovative products for years to come.'