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still waiting to hear why a story about Apply not using Intel chips (that's what the story you linked to is about, it's the f'ing headline for example) has anything to do with prison or restraint of trade.
* I.e. ignored until they get a "rap on the knuckles" fine a fraction of the extra profit they already made
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In the US, it falls under "restraint of trade". Simplistically, you can invent something new and it can take its own components - but you cannot prevent anyone else from making compatible components to compete (so long as they don't violate your patents).
The thing is, when they threaten a warranty they somehow get away with it.
I don't think I was clear about what I mean by "botch it" - what I mean is my bet is it raises the TCO and/or manufacturing, support and quality control costs where it ends up being bad for business over the long haul and they return to a standard chipset.
I'm not saying the chip doesn't work, or that its performance is bad or anything like that.
Sears did the same thing with some of their stuff, in particular lawn mowers and garden equipment. When I was young, pre college I worked repairing small engines and I refused to do major repairs on their equipment.
I'm not sure how many cookies it makes to be happy, but so far it's not 27.
They're heavily stuck with apple-or-else, true - but this will probably be taking it to that next level, where software, for example, will be totally throttled. A family of compatible parts - only from them and available from those who pay for the privilege (shutting down the non-official repair options).
Never let it be said that things can't get worse !
Apple (and other) manufacturers already have the ability to shut down third party components and repairs. At least they did until countries started passing laws barring this.
Whether they use their own chips (which they have in their phones since day 1) or someone else's is immaterial.
Personally I'm surprised they waited this long to use their own chips. Intel, whom I love and respect, dropped the ball. Badly. Apple has always been a hardware company (besides their main business of consumer design) so this totally makes sense for them.
The backroom shenanigans won't be altered by this one bit. They will continue, as they have, and governments and consumers will fight, as they do, and we'll sit back with the popcorn.