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Given that Apple was testing AMD processors just before Intel announced its well-funded Ultrabook Fund to subsidize an international army of MacBook Air clones, media or regulators could interpret or misinterpret Intel’s intent for the Ultrabook Fund and attack of the clones as a predatory attack on Apple for testing or perhaps even planning to use processors from an Intel competitor. Thus, it would be prudent for Intel to avoid the appearance of intent.

Could AMD be part of Apple’s supply chain?

I don’t know about you, but a AMD MacBook Air would suit me just fine.

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An AMD Macbook Air sounds good to me too. Seeing that AMD is getting great reviews with their Llano and even better the soon to be released Trinity's.
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Well beyond the rumor stand point I think that to be a viable option for a Mac laptop it would have to do a few things first,
1. Be able to get the same amount of power per watt as the intel counterpart. ( So battery life would be the same or better.)
2. The intergrated graphics would have to be better than Intels integrated graphics.

If AMD can do this then I see no reason for them not to. I mean they could probably make more profit because AMD cpus are cheaper than Intels. Seeing as Apple loves making money that would be enough reason if the 2 reasons above were met to make the switch.

All in all I dont see this happening though.
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Well beyond the rumor stand point I think that to be a viable option for a Mac laptop it would have to do a few things first,
1. Be able to get the same amount of power per watt as the intel counterpart. ( So battery life would be the same or better.)
2. The intergrated graphics would have to be better than Intels integrated graphics.
If AMD can do this then I see no reason for them not to. I mean they could probably make more profit because AMD cpus are cheaper than Intels. Seeing as Apple loves making money that would be enough reason if the 2 reasons above were met to make the switch.
All in all I dont see this happening though.

AMD already makes better integrated graphics...
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Personally, I would not buy a Macbook with an AMD. In my head, when you pay a premium price for an apple product, you do not look at value for money aspect at all.
    
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Personally, I would not buy a Macbook with an AMD. In my head, when you pay a premium price for an apple product, you do not look at value for money aspect at all.

Not to flame you or anything, but have you purchased many apple products? Apple products are all about presentation and ease of use, they have never ever been about performance.

All macbooks have tepid hardware specs. They're not high end by any means.
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Personally, I would not buy a Macbook with an AMD. In my head, when you pay a premium price for an apple product, you do not look at value for money aspect at all.

Exactly. It is like buying a Lamborghini or Ferrari and putting BBS rims on them.
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Not to flame you or anything, but have you purchased many apple products? Apple products are all about presentation and ease of use, they have never ever been about performance.
All macbooks have tepid hardware specs. They're not high end by any means.

perhaps you took me in the wrong aspect. AMD's have this 'value for money' aka cheap reputation to it and I would not want that in an Apple if I were to buy one because apple products as classed as premium products in the real world and are known as expensive products.
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Thats a good point,

When my girl friend and her friends look at laptops they look at how it looks and how "thin" it is. I tell them all the time "Do you know what kind of beast of a laptop you could get with that kinda money" I then begin to point out the laptop with the I7 quadcore, a 1080p screen, and 8gb of ram for 300 dollars less and they cringe because its half an inch thicker. Yet they then complain that when the small hard drive fills up with apps and music from all there other apple products and the thing starts choking on facebook games why it isnt oh so "fast".


People who buy apple "LAPTOPS" are kinda counter productive.
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perhaps you took me in the wrong aspect. AMD's have this 'value for money' aka cheap reputation to it and I would not want that in an Apple if I were to buy one.


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you would only know that if you were a computer hobbist.

The dumb college kids that spend Mom and Dads money have no idea the difference between AMD and Intel.


I mean knowing what you know would you buy a 2grand apple lappy or the I7 lappy with a mobile 580?
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