Originally Posted by wizard69
With A7 there is no doubt at all that Apple could offer up some very low cost solutions. However will they offer an Open Mac type OS, which I see armored important than the processor chip. Apple has the browser and netflix crowd covered with AppleTV and the iPads.
An ARM based laptop that offers all the power of Mac OS on the current machines would go over like hotcakes. You just need to see all the activity in the Linux world trying to ft such a platform off the ground to realize that Apple doing it right would be huge.
The funny thing here is that people express shock about the Apple / Samsung relationship here but Apples demands for chips is such that they may very well NEED TWO SOURCES of processor chips.
I don't think that day will ever come completely. I see distributed computing but the demand for local intelligence will only increase. One of the big issues with Siri is that goes off device for things that it relay shouldn't have to bother with the net. A7 is a step forward in having enough power to run an AI locally, it might not be there yet but in the long run it just makes sense to distribute the work load to the local device when possible.
Not Open MacOSX… never. Apple will control their experience on all platforms.
The question comes in whether or not Intel is 'worth it'? AxX chips are fast catching up (they are 5 years behind Intel at the moment… effectively the power of a Macbook when the iPhone 3GS was released.) When that performance curve tightens, and remember, Apple has no compromises with Windows or Linux or vmWare any of the other consumers of x86, so it will tighten, it becomes a serious question… people don't care what chip is underneath, just that it's faster than the last release on the platform, and better power characteristics (cooler, longer lasting on battery), and it runs my stuff.
I agree on two sources, but Other than maybe high end Mac (book) Pros, 99.9% of people would rather have the economy of scaling a huge pile of A10X chips into laptops, than having competing sources (I know I'm partially arguing against myself, but this is different architectures, not plug compatible chips). Having 2 vendors supply the same chip is different than 2 vendors supplying 2 different chips with 2 different OSes and 2 different Archs.
What Sun said 25 years ago holds true today… The Network is the system. Skynet be damned, I think we have to consider being 'off-net' will be like a 'disk drive failure' Something rare, something you backup for, but not something you plan on operating on for the long term. I think the key will be the coverage of networks, such as open mesh, and LTE, along with fiber to the home (I'm LOVING IT!!!!) will make for multi-path TCP solutions (already in use by Siri) for more seamless connectivity.
The UI will always be local, and where possible, most of the local compute will be used for that… but the big crunch, the big data stuff, where big iron is needed, will be remote.