Is Intel Dissing Apple in Favor of Google and Microsoft?

Looking at the upcoming release of dirt-cheap tablets and laptops from Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), it is easy to see why Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) might feel left out in the cold. Both Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows and Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating systems will be used in the lineup of touch devices by Intel, which maintains that no partnerships with Apple are forthcoming (at least not yet).

Intel’s new devices will cost as little as $200 for consumers in the market for either a touch laptop or a tablet, the most affordable of which will run the Android OS. The amazingly low price of these devices have forced Microsoft to come up with a solution running Windows 8. So far, the company has been able to collaborate in laptops and tablets which could be priced as low as $300, according to CNET. Despite Microsoft’s claims to the contrary, experts doubt the company could get a device down to $200.

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Either way, Apple is not joining the party, at least for now. Intel’s outgoing chief executive left the concept on the table in a recent conference call discussing the company’s recent earnings. CEO Paul Otellini, leaving Intel at the end of May, mentioned the company would consider “a strategic relationship” in the future, but that moment has not arrived. For now, it seems like Intel is content to continue ignoring the iOS in favor of Android and Windows devices. Yet Otellini did leave the door open in the foundry business…

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