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IBM and Apple ties go way back

Patrick Thibodeau | July 17, 2014
It was IBM tech that helped lift the struggling Mac platform in the 1990s.

When that 1991 deal was struck, it was a straightforward supplier/manufacturer deal. But this week's big announcement "is more between equals than suppler and manufacturer," said King.

Brookwood said IBM considered its early relationship with Apple important. "It was important to IBM, because it gave them a design win for the Power architecture outside of their own proprietary usage for workstations and servers," something few system makers have been able to achieve, he said.

The latest partnership is "a pretty different kind of deal, but Apple has demonstrated in the past that it can work pretty effectively with IBM," said Brookwood.


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