I'm sure each and ever person on these forums has his own reasons but here are some of mine:
- Display technology is a very interesting industry! Something's first come to light in these forums. Leaks and all!
- It allows one to adjust future buying plans.
- One goal in the industry is a flexible display durable enough to be foldable like a book. Or alternatively rolled up like a sheet of paper. Such displays could make for extremely interesting iOS devices.
- Improved display technology can lead to longer battery life.
Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
And the point of talking about something that's beyond what is most recently new and doesn't even exist yet is?
Bringing up new production lines is very interesting in and of itself. However the big benefit to the community here is that such discussions teach people that new stuff doesn't happen over night. One big issue in this forum is the expectation of some that Apple can instantly introduce the newest technologies over night. This is seldom the case, just putting a new chip on a motherboard takes a lot of effort.
One good example here is Thunderbolt/Lightpeak. We heard about this tech years ago and it has yet to achieve widespread adoption. Certainly cost is an issue there but the bigger issue is that you can't deliver a new product over night even if you have the chips in hand. Some are still whining about the lack of available TB technology, the rest of us just see these people as uninformed.
So yeah discussions about future technology is useful. If nothing else it alerts people to the efforts involved in manufacturing stuff. If you only experience manufactured goods from the consumer end you often don't appreciate that people put in a lot of work getting their widgets on the shelf.
I mean, if they were going to push up the 'new display technology' from the 4 to the 3, sure, but why be concerned with this when it's very irrelevant to iPad 3 display production?
If for nothing else it prevents people who buy an iPad 3 from having any basis to say something to the effect that "Apple sucks because they outdated my iPad 3 in one year". I've never understood that mentality anyways, the auto companies come out with new cars and revisions every year and nobody complains that they suck because their car just got radically revised.
In any event having an idea of what to expect in future machines is interesting in and of its self.
Having said that, I think Intel should just forget about everything between here and Skymont and just jump to that.
OK why are you interested in Intels future offerings and not display technology? On the face of it you seem to have a selective curiosity. That isn't bad mind you but I wonder how you can mentally justify pulling a discussion about future display technology off track by bringing up another totally unrelated to iPad technology that is way out there?
Do you see what I mean here!