Is that a Mac in your pocket?
Could iPods one day run Mac OS X? That's the speculation on the blogs ever since Apple dropped PortalPlayer as a chip supplier. Apple's move was a devastating blow for the company once known as the Intel of the iPod. So why did Apple drop PortalPlayer? One theory floating around the Web: Apple wants to turn the iPod into a portable computer. PortalPlayer's chips are good enough for just playing music, which is why Apple's keeping them in some iPod models. But for its newer iPods, it's turning to Samsung for a chip that VC advisor Pete Field observes is powerful enough to run Apple's Mac OS X operating system. Former Goldman Sachs analyst Michael Parekh agrees, noting that he made a similar argument for the iPod as a miniature, portable Mac last August.
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