Thursday, December 29, 2005

Intel Logo on Apple Computers

A big concern on the minds of design-conscious Mac lovers is whether Apple will put the Intel logo on the Intel-based Apple computers. Intel has replaced their "Intel-Inside" logo with a new logo, but the question still remains.

Personally, I would not want any such logos on Apple computers. But if there is no escaping it, then I would find it acceptable only if the logo is on the bottom of the computer and only if it is etched into the case and only if the logo is small. i.e. like the rest of the markings that Apple is "forced" to put on the case.

Would you find this acceptable? Or would you prefer a sticker so that you can remove it? I never tried removing the sticker on my wintel laptop at work; I wonder if it leaves a stain.


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  2. Anonymous11:58 AM

    I really don't want to see any logos anywhere... I think most Mac people feel the same way.

  3. Anonymous1:39 PM

    I remember the first several generations of PowerPC (6100-9600, I believe) came out with PowerPC monikers. They didn't look so bad. It CAN be done tastefully, and it might not be a bad idea to differentiate the difference if the case design remains otherwise unchanged.

  4. Anonymous1:41 PM

    In the beige days of the PowerMac they did screen the PowerPC logo on the front of the case. Apple can find a tasteful way to incorporate the Intel logo somewhere if they choose to. May not be Intel's normal signature, but a small "Powered by Intel" or something like it.

  5. Peter1:47 PM

    I doubt you'll see logos on the machine. Apple's machines are Apple's machines and the only logo customers would expect to see is an Apple logo.

    I think you'll see one on the packaging--especially during the "transition" period--to let people know they've bought a Mac mini with an Intel CPU. I also kind of like the idea of the Intel "sound" being played after the Mac start-up sound, but that's just me...

  6. Anonymous1:56 PM

    As i saw the title of this post my first thought was that if Apple were to put Intel logos on their products, it would most likely be printed or etched on the back of the desktops or the bottom of the laptops.

    As far as i know all apple products carry some form of etched or printed logos on their case and they are not too obtrusive.

    If it means that Intel apply the same benefits to Apple as it does to other manufacturers then i'm all for it.
    The closer relationship the two companies have the better and more affordable Apple products will become.

  7. Anonymous1:58 PM

    If my computer played that fucking annoying intel noise every time i started it up i'd end up killing it in a cheesy jingle induced fit of rage.

  8. Logo smogo. Apple will play up the Intel bit as it is a good marketing ploy. More switchers to an Intel high mhz machine. Follow the money.

  9. Roboman10:07 AM

    Joy of Tech did a fun comic on this issue... I like the hood ornament!

  10. Many people seem to think that Intel Macs will or could bring lower prices; doubtful.

    Intel's cheapest chips cost more than 4x the price Apple pays for PPC chips. I and others have been worried abut this cost difference every since the Intel announcement. Dell and the rest buy the cheapest junk they can find to put in their computers (video sharing mobo memory and such) and then work on margins that are a fraction of Apple's. Intel chips are usualy half and more of the cost of a PC while PPC chips are much less than a quarter of a Mac's cost. I don't see how Apple can keep from raising prices?


  11. I wouldn't expect a price drop or increase. Instead, I think Apple and Intel are working closely together to integrate more and more on the primary chipset so they can keep costs down while increasing features. This has been the Apple trend for some time and has actually helped maintain their margins. This also means dropping things like firewire on low end models as this feature will not be built-in to the chipset. The price points are likely to stay the same, just Intel inside bundled with Apple software and ergonomics.

  12. Anonymous6:02 PM

    I'd prefer to not have Intel logos on the new Macs.