CEO Steve Jobs unveils new Macs using Intel chips

&to=' target=_blank>Apple Computer Inc.'s historic shift to Intel Corp. microprocessors came months earlier than expected as CEO Steve Jobs on Tuesday debuted personal computers based on new two-brained chips from the world's largest semiconductor company.

The first Macs to deploy Intel's Core Duo processors will be the latest iMac desktop, whose circuitry is all built into the display, and the MacBook Pro laptop.

When it announced the massive switch in June, Apple said it expected to begin making the transition by mid-2006. On Tuesday, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs was joined at the Macworld Expo by Intel CEO Paul Otellini to unveil the new jointly designed computers.

The shift comes as Apple is on a streak with its hugely popular iPod music players. Earlier, Jobs said the company brought in a record $5.7 billion (Ђ4.72 billion) in sales during the holiday quarter as it sold nearly three times as many iPods as it did in the same period a year ago.

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