William (In)tel


“It didn’t feel to me like a long march,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs, describing a moment several months ago when he realized he would end his relationship with I.B.M. He said the decision seemed obvious to his small team of top managers. “There was a day when we looked at each other and said, ‘this is the right thing to do.’ ”


The New York Times (and every other paper in the free world) reports that Apple will switch to Intel chips for their next generation computers.  Judging from the slight downward shift in stock prices, Wall Street didn’t think much of the idea.  Not to worry, Intel’s bottom line won’t register a big jump.  Apple accounts for less than 5% of the market and they are not going be buying all of their chips from Intel, just the important ones.

However … people who like to discuss such things have confirmed my suspicion that, any Apple Operating System tweaked to run on an off-the-shelf Intel processor will be easily re-tweaked to run on an Intel-based PC.  Hence forth William (the apple reference) Tel (one L for Intel).  A William Tel computer will not rival the WinTel computers (Windows Intel) that we have today, it will blow them away.  Or not … for now, let’s just worry about selling Macs during the transition.  The hardcore buyers are going to be skeptical about investing in hardware that has been declared dead. Shelly Palmer

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, co-founder of Metacademy, and the CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC and writes a popular daily business blog. He’s the Co-Host of the award-winning podcast Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett and his latest book, Blockchain - Cryptocurrency, NFTs & Smart Contracts: An executive guide to the world of decentralized finance, is an Amazon #1 Bestseller. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.



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