eWeek is reporting that IBM with Apple on a new 64 bit processor called the GPUL. Given that the performance disparity between the G4 and x86 processors growing, Apple needs a way out. A new processor from IBM makes more sense than moving Mac OS X to the x86 architecture, not only because such a port would be risky, but also because Apple moving to a commodity platform could threaten its relationship with Microsoft. The bottom line is that Apple needs Microsoft Office badly, and Internet Explorer as well, so Apple can’t afford to put Mac OS X up against Windows head to head.