Analysts are wondering whether Apple was coerced into working with Intel, following AMD's lawsuit against the microprocessor company. However, the consensus is that there would have been "no sense" in Apple looking at alternative AMD processors.
Gartner analyst Martin Reynolds told eWeek: "The lawsuit should have no effect on Apple. However, it does raise the question of why Apple selected Intel over AMD. There was no existing business, so there can be no possibility of coercion based on rebates. It isn't too presumptuous to assume that Apple made the decision based on the facts that AMD and Intel offered."
Envisioneering Group analyst Peter Glaskowsky, also agreed that the court case would have no measurable effect on Apple and noted: "Apple has not said if it has signed any contracts with Intel. If the two companies have a deal about developing core logic chips, such as memory controllers, there's no sense in looking at AMD processors, as mixing these with custom-designed Intel controllers would not likely work."
Analysts don't expect the AMD vs Intel lawsuit to have an effect on Apple and its decision to use Intel processors in future Macs.