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Apples stands to benefit in the areas of motherboard and processor design.

Apple's switch to Intel will finally give the Cupertino company a comparable processor platform to the big name PC OEMs on both desktop and notebook machines. Apple notebooks have long had the looks to wow consumers, but their performance was really nothing to brag aboout when compared to PC notebooks. Apple could also benefit in other areas of development if the rumors of Intel's decision to design Mac motherboards become reality. The move to Intel is expected to boost Apple's worldwide marketshare from roughly 3% of the computer market to 6% by the end of 2007.

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By BenSkywalker on 1/9/2006 6:42:10 PM , Rating: 1
Odds are they make roughly the same if not more on a single copy of OSX then they do on a $1000 machine. How much does it cost them to produce and distribute the OSX CDs/packaging after it is written? $5, maybe $10 at the high end? MS was the darling of Wall Street for so many years because of their obscene margins in comparison to comanies like IBM, Compaq, HP and any of the old industry stocks. Their biggest threat in moving over to a software provider is lost total revenue, I don't see it as being a threat to their margins.

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