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Intel CEO passed on the opportunity to power the original iPhone

By Shawn Knight · 9 replies
May 17, 2013
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  1. Outgoing Intel CEO Paul Otellini recently revealed a missed opportunity that could have drastically altered the company’s prospects for the better. During a recent interview with The Atlantic, Otellini said he passed up on an opportunity to have Intel silicon...

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,968   +2,867

    "Intel's bottom line would certainly look better today". Certainly nothing wrong with the way it looks now.
    misor and KristoZ like this.
  3. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,041   +793

    Haha! Bummer!
  4. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    True Skidmarks and I think the consumer is honestly the better for it - we need competition and seeing as Intel are not challenged on the desktop and server front - they certainly are elsewhere. Whether its embedded chips or mobile they atleast have plenty to compete with. Imagine if Intel did own that contract? ARM would not be able to compete with intel today (in my rough guess) and we would have a shoddier market diversity because of it
  5. Denxnis

    Denxnis TS Rookie

    I think Intel is a great company. The fact that they don't triumph in every sector if silicon production is a good thing for everyone, Intel included.

    Additionally people who say the PC is dead are kidding themselves, yes PC purchases are in decline but how many people actually do serious work on a tablet/phone?
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I think this was a good decision. Intel would be a monopoly now if this decision wasnt made.
  7. How many people do serious work, period, though? The PC is certainly headed to being a specialised platform for businesses, professionals, content-creators, enthusiasts, etc. (as it was in the early to mid-90's prior to Windows and mainstream web) with the vast majority of people being content with content-consumption and basic productivity provided for by tablets/hybrids, smartphones and whatever other new form-factors develop.
  8. danhodge

    danhodge TS Member Posts: 80   +13

    Wait, this isn't new is it? I'm pretty sure this was mentioned in the Steve Jobs autobiography...
  9. Fbarnett

    Fbarnett TS Booster Posts: 210   +30

    Maybe it a good thing the Iphone would cost like a $100.00 more if they used Intel
  10. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Thats highly doubtful... BUT intel would probably have a far bigger percentage in the mobile, pc industry if they had said yes plus intel would probably have what 5x-10x the cpu power our current CPU's have if they had said yes..

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