The rumour of Apple and AMD working closely is no more after a senior AMD official admitted so at the Opteron processor launch this week. This still means nothing in terms of actual products but gives us a good hint that AMD's 32- & 64-bit approach does appeal to Apple, in the other hand, Motorola's PowerPC 970 remains as the most likely successor though.

During the press Q&A, the head of AMD's server business, Marty Seyer, said the company had been talking to "all tier one and tier two vendors". Of course, only a few of them have committed themselves to supporting Opteron, leaving the company will its usual base of little known customers, but that's by the by.

All tier one and tier two vendors? we wondered, and latter popped the question, "so we can conclude you've been talking to Apple as well then?" Said senior official fell silent for a moment then turned to his PR minder and asked, "Can we talk about what we're doing with them yet?" The answer was a muddy 'not sure... have to get back to on that' kind of thing?