Originally Posted by bugsnw
I've seen the mighty Atom processor at work in a netbook. I was prepared to be underwhelmed, but what I saw was shocking. So incredibly slow as to be nearly useless. My father in law actually gave it away, which is what I would have done.
I'm glad Apple didn't move in that direction for the iPad.
Atom is faster than ARM, but the biggest problem is running desktop OSes on Atom CPUs when they are too blaoted for them. That is why Linux actually got a small leg up in that area and MS had to practically give away WinXP at first. Too many returns due to Linux being Linux that MS can now reportedly charge $50 for a copy of Windows 7 Starter Edition for netbooks. When Chrome OS hits the visible performance will likely jump considerably.
I've had two netbooks, one with WinXP and the other with Mac OS X. Neither could play Hulu in 480p without stuttering.
Originally Posted by kotatsu
You hit the nail on the head with consoles. I could buy a PS3 for £260, which not only plays PS3 games, but also blu-rays, offers a web browser, and access to the PSN video store. Plus it has access to the BBC's iPlayer service. And they've even thrown a 250gb HD into the deal.
Or I could buy an Apple TV for £220 which offers access to the iTunes store and nothing else.
Apple's offering is embarassing by comparison and it's easy to see why Apple TV has been such a failure. Personally I'd like to see Apple relaunch ATV as a general media player device, with access to all popular streaming services, a blu-ray drive, and some sort of TV tuner/PVR functionality. Do it as multiple SKUs so people could pick and choose too.
Note that the PS3 and XBOX are selling at thin margins in hopes to get revenue from the game content end. Apple doesn't do that and likely couldn't do that if they tried.
I don't know about an included Blu-ray player, but having one that form fits on top of it and connects via s simple USB2 plug would be great. Of course, Apple has a vested interest in the iTS so I don't that is likely, though considerably more likely than Blu-ray in their Mac notebooks.