Rest easy, Intel
There have always been inklings that Apple
Apple had always said the laptop's newest iteration had drawn much inspiration from the iPad, considering its focus on mobility. Its custom chips are more power-efficient, although performance would also be sacrificed, while software compatibility would be the biggest hurdle in switching chip architectures. The speculation gained more credence with Microsoft's
Citigroup analyst Richard Gardner recently met with Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer, and Gardner says no-go on an ARM-based MacBook Air. One of Gardner's takeaways from the meeting was Cook's focus on the rapid evolution of iOS, which will expand the iPad's horizons. He believes tablets will eventually reach volumes topping traditional PCs, partially eliminating the need for an ARM-based MacBook Air. Intel's processor spot looks like it's here to stay.
Tablets have been a big threat to Intel, since the vast majority of them carry ARM chips instead of its own, which is why Intel will be pushing its Ultrabook designs pretty heavily this year.
Gardner also mentioned that a deal with China Mobile
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