IBM and Apple ties go way back

The recently announced enterprise partnership between Apple and IBM has raised a few eyebrows, to say the least. But you need to remember that 25 years ago IBM helped Apple survive by partnering with them on the PowerPC chip.

Apple was using the Motorola 68K family but it had fallen behind in the race against Intel’s x86 family. The PowerPC, which was more than competitive, gave Apple a fighting chance once again.

Interestingly, even though Apple no longer uses them, the PowerPC architecture lives on in gaming circles as the basis of both the XBox and the Playstation.

Leave a Reply