Apple and IBM; together again

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2014 - 03:52 PM |
Tagged: zip drive, powerpc, IBM, apple

Ah, sweet nostalgia.  It seems like only a short while ago that Apple was saved by IBM, and Motorola, granting access to the PowerPC chips which were near the top of the field back in 1991.  The Motorola 68K was falling behind the Pentium MMX chips in PCs and Apple needed some way to compete in the market and the 200-MHz 603e PowerPC was the answer.  Now history is repeating itself with a partnership between IBM and Apple to bring iPhone apps to the enterprise, with apps specifically for enterprise environments as well as updates to existing apps to make them more enterprise friendly.  Read up on your history, or refresh your memories of times gone by as well as what this partnership will bring in the future on Slashdot.

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"Apple and IBM, which just announced partnership to bring iOS and cloud services to enterprises, have helped each other before. IBM played a key role in turning the Macintosh into a successful hardware platform at a point when it — and the company itself — were struggling. Nearly 25 years ago, IBM was a part of an alliance that gave Apple access to PowerPC chips for Macintosh systems that were competitive, if not better performing in some benchmarks, than the processors Intel was producing at the time for Windows PCs."

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July 17, 2014 | 08:27 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Forget about PowerPC, Let Apple get a Power/Power8 license from IBM, Power/Power8 in not PowerPC, a Mac Pro running even a Power8 reference design from IBM, would run circles around a Xeon. Apple would not have to utilize their P.A. Semiconductor acquisition engineers/CPU architects, and other in house engineering resources on tweaks to Power8. Apple could take the licensed Power/Power8, and have complete control of their entire CPU/SOC supply chain, aside from the license fees to use the technology/IP/ISA.

Apple should bring to market ASAP a professional Tablet that can Run OSX, and iOS, as well as the functionality to remote to IBM, and other's, enterprise servers. An IBM reference Power8, for the Mac Pro, maybe running a Nvidia mezzanine module GPU with lots of fast RAM, or get AMD to get an Power8 License and create a Power8, with AMD's version of HSA, and GPU, on a Mezzanine module, with an Nvlink style interconnect fabric, Nvlink was derived from IBM's CAPI (Coherence Accelerator Processor Interface), in spite of what Nvidia's marketing claims, so AMD get with the OpenPower Foundation, and get your professional graphics SKUs working with Power8, as well as ARM, and x86.
Apple getting the enterprise business, via IBM, and sales for its tablets, and maybe a Power8 license to get control of the CPUs in its Mac Pros, and laptops, from Intel.

I guess IBM is thumbing its nose at M$, and that whole OS/2 thing way back when MonkeyBoy still had hair. It appears that IBM will do all the coding/funding work, and Apple needs to just supply the Tablets and some help with integrating with OSX/iOS.

July 18, 2014 | 02:33 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

run circles around a xeon? what a jackass

July 18, 2014 | 11:28 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Hehe, IBM saved Apple? Apple, IBM, and Motorola (AIM Alliance) worked in cooperation to create that line of chip.

Even funnier yet, is the 'Now history is repeating itself' line. Do you really think Apple needs saving when it comes to enterprise usage? The Apple market share within fortune 500 companies dominates anything else out there. This partnership is basically out to kill off the small foothold that Android, Windows phone, and Blackberry having in the enterprise market.

It's time to stop believing the opinion fluff that slashdot adds to their stories and your own preconceived notions about what may be true and start relying on actual facts.

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