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   ----- How can I buy Macs without cameras, Bluetooth, or WiFi hardware?Two Apple resellers are authorized to remove these devices from Macs before shipping them to you:- Holman's http://www.holmans.com- Intelligent Decisions http://www.intelligent.netThese modified Macs must be serviced by these resellers under Apple warranty or AppleCare. You cannot send modified Macs directly to Apple for warranty or AppleCare...
  From the perspective of volume the Mac Pro is small.  And probably why it got delayed to 2013.  That all fits together as well as why they've been so cryptic over why the Mac Pro will be super awesome to be waiting for.  Probably not some uber new design although I hope for a design refresh that allows them to fit into a rack without surgery but the fact it's made in the USA.     I would guess most Mac Pro purchases are in the US and amusingly this would give Apple an...
Regardless of whether you think I'm a crackpot to suggest an Atom powered iPad by 2016, I hope I've shown that it's hugely unlikely for Macs to move to ARM in the same timeframe.   There's no convincing power story to move the MBA to ARM.  Not with Haswell having 10W parts and Atom showing up with either parity or exceeding ARM performance per watt AND x86 compatibility in the next couple years.  The ARM in the Chromebook is a ~4-5W TDP part.
  Intel Atom has sucked until Medfield.  It simply was never a viable option for Apple.   With 2012 Medfield they have parity with A9s so they are a half step behind.  (Why do that?) With 2013 22nm (Valleyview, etc) I expect parity with A15s.  (Okay,  but the A6 is already here since Apple is slightly ahead of the pack so they are still a half step behind Apple) with 2014 14nm I expect them to be ahead of ARM on both power and performance in 2014. (Now you have a reason...
  Then a reporter asked if Intel customizes parts for its largest customers. “Yes,” Bryant said. “We want to give them a way of differentiating their machines.”   Bryant didn’t say much more, but those few words shine a light on another part of the big-time chip business that’s rarely discussed. There are cases where a large chipmaker such as Intel and AMD will provide certain customers with chips that others may not have access to. Sometimes, this merely means that when...
  The Intel Medfield is a SoC with the CPU/GPU/other stuff on die and DRAM stacked on the package.  Intel's Core chips a pseudo-SOCs these days with the GPU and Northbridge on die.
IF I primarily play on the tablet by surfing the web, checking facebook, watching netflix and playing games AND IF I didn't mind a keyboard case on my tablet AND IF I primarily work using a keyboard and mouse on Windows apps THEN I could see buying a Surface Pro.   I don't mind the sharp change between legacy and "modern" modes because I'm also mentally switching modes when I switch from work to play.  Laptop mode = work.  Tablet mode = play.   I've always...
  Apple invested millions into the AIM alliance and the PowerPC as well.   Want to bet that there isn't a Medfield reference design phone running iOS somewhere in Cupertino?   The A6/A6X is pretty cool and if Apple goes the IDM route then moving to Intel is far less likely. If they don't then it's not such a big deal.
  It's more likely than putting ARM in Macs.
  You mean that all in one laptop with the external power brick, cables, etc you need when traveling?     Given that I've never seen a classified MBP the odds are you're not going to be able to use that internal DVD burner for file transfer anymore either so that's a moot point.       You can replace the SSD stick inside the MBPr with 3rd party sticks.  The RAM is a shame but mostly from the perspective that you can't spec 32GB.  The price is high and that's annoying but...
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