Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Nov 2012 23:40 UTC
Apple Another Apple-to-switch-Macs-to-ARM post. "Apple engineers have grown confident that the chip designs used for its mobile devices will one day be powerful enough to run its desktops and laptops, said three people with knowledge of the work, who asked to remain anonymous because the plans are confidential. Apple began using Intel chips for Macs in 2005." No idea when Apple will make the switch, but they will do it. I'm thinking 5-10 year timeframe.
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RE: Comment by Kroc
by zima on Thu 8th Nov 2012 22:40 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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The wave of smartbooks that were promised in 2008 were never launched because of a perceived negative bias from consumers over the lack of Flash for ARM.

Was it really about Flash or maybe fears about confusion with Windows-running netbooks, about software in general? (also poor choice of OS for such a machine)

Kinda like Linux-running netbooks mostly disappeared... (and they did support Flash)

That said, I can't reconcile the mouse problem. If a smartbook has a keyboard, then where goes the touch? Reaching to the screen is bad for the arms, and a touch-pad / magic trackpad detaches you from being able to touch the content. It's the only reason I can think of why Apple has not released such a product yet.

So... the display ~mirrored (with lower fidelity) on on a 2nd display ...build into the keyboard half, largely also on keys themselves? (yes, you've heard it first here! ;) ...except, that would be really "just" Optimus keyboard done proper & for a laptop)

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