Just What Apple Needs: Intel

The alliance with the world's biggest chipmaker will put Jobs & Co. on an equal footing with PC rivals and will open many more new doors

Is the world ready for Mactel? It better be, because come Jan. 10, that name could very well become synonymous with the historic shift taking place in the PC industry. As the annual Macworld conference gets under way, Apple Computer's (AAPL) Steve Jobs will demonstrate his closer ties to chipmaker Intel (INTC), kicking off what's expected to be a year chock full of glitzy new consumer-electronics gear and computers -- much of it powered by Intel chips.

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