decision to join up with AMD
is already causing strange rumors to spread, including one involving Apple
. With Apple's new reliance on Intel processors and their heavy usage of ATI GPUs, it leaves them in a sticky situation. As the article mention, Intel will not be renewing ATI's chipset license once it expires. Apple will have to make a decision as well, whether it be complete reliance on Intel's GMA graphics, switching to nVidia GPUs or even moving to a different platform. I think the article is correct in assuming that Apple will most likely give nVidia a try:
Will Intel allow Apple to continue to working with ATI on graphics after the company becomes wholly owned by rival AMD? I think that we'll probably see Intel gently "suggest" that Apple switch to another vendor for graphics technology in 2007. Once the dust settles I bet that all Macs from here on out will ship with graphics from either Intel or NVIDIA.
It will be interesting to see what the Mac-using community thinks about these possibilities, and what they would like to see happen.