re: Time For Plan B At Intel
One interesting aspect of the Wintel relationship is that Apple always seems to get privileged access to chips. Apple's been given early access to new Core processors in the past, and there are rumors floating around that they're going to get prime access to the version of Haswell with the most GPU firepower, leaving Windows OEMs to (or so some of the Apple rumor sites presume) squabble over remaining components as they try to build their own high-end models. If Apple puts the new chips in its next MacBook Pros, I'm not how much benefit they'll be, since it's possible Apple is just pursuing more thin-ness by removing the dedicated graphics card. Still, this aspect of the Wintel empire has always intrigued me.