Remains of the Day: Quid pro quo

The 21-inch iMac is torn down, Apple exercises its power over cell carriers, and Intel and Apple may be playing a bit of the old give-and-take. The remainders for Friday, November 30, 2012 are working pro bono.

21-inch iMac teardown shows newly rearranged innards (Ars Technica)

As ever, the shipping of a new Apple product is followed quickly by its disassembly. This time it’s not the venerable iFixit who’s responsible but Japanese site Kodawarisan. The new desktop has adopted a significantly different layout, due to its remarkably thin profile. I’m sure we’d all like to know its dieting secrets.

Apple vetting operators on LTE network performance (Telecoms.com)

Apparently not just any carrier can proclaim that it’s selling the iPhone 5 as an LTE device. It seems Apple has been testing carriers’ LTE performance to see if they’re up to snuff. If not? Well, let’s just Tim Cook’s not above buying a cellular carrier just to shut it down.

RBC: Intel in talks with Apple to build iPhone processors (Fortune)

One analyst suggests that Cupertino may replace Samsung as fabricator for its mobile processors with a familiar ally: Intel. The rumored conditions of the deal? That Intel will develop ARM-based chips for the iPhone, and that Apple will switch to the x86 architecture for the iPad. So, uh, as long as we’re playing musical processors, I guess the Mac will, what, go back to PowerPC?

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