You may have heard on a number of occasions how notebooks and tablets are beginning to become far more similar as new models get released. There will be no better proof of such devices converging than with the technologies that the new MacBook Air and iPad 3 (Not the iPad 2 Plus) will be sporting. It’s not just these Apple products that are converging; there is evidence across the board.
All Things Digital says that Bernstein Research’s Toni Sacconaghi has been looking into this very subject and suggests that the PC era is now over, as we look to a more portable solution — having said that we still believe that you need both. Apple seems to be making the best job at converging these two markets, and you can clearly see this when you look at performance increase of the iPad and the diet that the MacBook Air has been going through.
You have to wonder how long it will be before the iPad is able to offer a processor that will be on par with the faster one used in the MacBook Air, and when the latter will utilize touchscreen technology used in the former? However, we cannot say for certain if touch technology is needed on the MacBook Air?
If we have learned anything from Apple, they will not jeopardize sales of one of their products by the coming together of two very different products. However, they need to study this closely, as the MBA would benefit from iPad like features — they just do not want it to have the opposite effect with the iPad.
Let’s take a look at this from a different angle, in the short term this will be good for the MacBook Air, and possibly the iPad 3, but we have to consider the long term here. We cannot see a long future for the MacBook Air, one because the concept is now a little dated, and two the tablet will surly do to the laptop what the laptop did to the desktop?
The future is all about mobile, and while the laptop is mobile, it is not as light and easy to transport when compared to a tablet device. They are slowly becoming more popular thanks to increased battery and overall performance. However, the one area that is holding the device back is the usability and available software. This will not always be the case, as both vendors and app developers are making strides, and with the implementation of Cloud based services the “Star Trek” future will soon be here.
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