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Could Apple's (AAPL) most post-PC product be not the iPad or iPhone but... their newest PC? The...

Could Apple's (AAPL) most post-PC product be not the iPad or iPhone but... their newest PC? The redesigned MacBook Air has flash storage, no built-in optical drive and is made for battery life and instant-on, Darrell Etherington says, and thus may do more for moving computing into the portable future than alternative mobile products.
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  • tigersam
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    MacBook Air will not penetrate the corporate market. Apple has chance with IPAD that is huge market. There is no competition for IPAD and apple need to jump on it.
    8 Mar 2011, 04:43 PM Reply Like
  • thatch
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    MacBook Air's only major advantage is that it has a keyboard that is usable compared to the IPad.
    8 Mar 2011, 08:21 PM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    I think in the desktop space the most important development is that MSFT is adapting windows to ARM architecture, I'd be interested to hear if Apple is too.
    9 Mar 2011, 07:04 AM Reply Like
  • Richard Mackenzie
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    I think the most important feature is the instant on. It really lowers the threshold for actually "using" it on a task by task basis. The battery life is my #2, which has the same effect of making it more usable by removing that little fear in the back of your head that you are running down the battery every time you decide to open it. It advances the whole idea of "portable" by removing two of the subtle "issues" with portables.
    9 Mar 2011, 07:39 AM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    Sort of what I am getting at by wondering about ARM processors; they are far far more efficient than x86 currently, (although Intel has recently stated that they are going to bring x86 down in energy, and I believe them) and the ARM CPUs coming out are getting more and more powerful in leaps and bounds: 1.5ghz devices hitting the market 2nd quarter, quad core by next year.

     

    It is actually interesting to think that a viable competitor to Intel may not arise in the x86 space but in the ARM space. not that the ARM guys have the market cap or clout of Intel, but maybe that means we'll see some M&A in the space....
    9 Mar 2011, 08:33 AM Reply Like
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