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One of the boards that I checkout a lot has a guy claiming to have insider information.
His name is Insider.

This is totally unverifiable by me, I'm just passing this rumor along.

It may be utter nonsense. Also, I know everyone could go out and find some nut who claims the same thing but if you search the dealchat-mac forums for this guys name, he claims to have info only on this particular product and is otherwise a legitimate poster on all things mac. Either way, get out your salt lick.

Specs quoted from <a href="http://www.dealchat.com/mac" target="_blank">http://www.dealchat.com/mac</a>

Processor: 150Mhz Arm 9326MX processor (100Mhz version also) with built in bus controllers

Color LCD Controller capable of 640x480 @ 16k colors
USB Controller 1.1 Compliant
DMA IDE Bus controller (including MMC SM and CF)
128kSRAM (for acceleration)
32-bit processr
Voltage Needed 1.8 volts (60% of the current Palm Arm Processors)
256 pin chip
1.27 mm high
27 x27 mm wide
(My edit: I guess he means chip size-dimensions here)

Current Status: Motorola Developed Processor under Secure ND. (meaning you need to have a Non disclosure agreement(NDA) signed before you can see the specifics.


Another interesting note is that sampling to the customers (with NDA) began December and heavy production began Jan 2002 (next few weeks).... (information from internal NDA PDF)

You might also note that Damon Mouw and his Unix --&gt; Arm Project has been bought into a company (he will not say where of course)

This doesn't say anything about apple but does hint towards towards the same internal rumors heard before the ipod release.


Discuss.


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Anything like that?

I seriously believe a tablet or a PDA will be released in the near future and will be capable of things current PDAs are not.
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I wish we had something to call it other than "Newton 2" - I doubt Apple would ever revive the Newton name.

-S
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iPad is a sucky name.
Newton 2 is OK, but unlikely.
iNewton sounds lame.

Hmm... I can't really think of anything spectacular...
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I always liked the name Isaac.

But it also make me think of the bartender on the loveboat instead of Sir isaac Newton.

How about Almata or Elstar, two varieties of Apples much like Pippin and Spartan.

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[quote]Originally posted by SpiffyGuyC:
<strong>I wish we had something to call it other than "Newton 2" - I doubt Apple would ever revive the Newton name.

-S</strong><hr></blockquote>

Yeah I don't see that happening either. Scully came up with the PDA idea and it was his "Apple" that came up with the Newton name.
Job's "Apple" would probably call it "i" something and claim its not a PDA.

Remember Jobs comments about consumers not wanting and "internet junior" experience? I think whatever it will be, it will be a full fledged computer or capable of doing what a normal computer can do..if you take my meaning.

Like those iPaqs....they're color, look like they're running a full version of windows and even have all the office apps. Its more like a mini computer then a PDA. Take that concept, use OS X and the dock, put it on a much bigger screen (tablet I guess) and you've got what I'm thinking.
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[quote]Originally posted by MacAgent:
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I seriously believe a tablet or a PDA will be released in the near future and will be capable of things current PDAs are not.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Like what???
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rumor is wrong or not about an apple product.

Apple would use a G3 if they were to do a tablet or newton
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[quote]Processor: 150Mhz Arm 9326MX processor (100Mhz version also) with built in bus controllers<hr></blockquote>

Why would they use a slower processor than the ones they last used in the Newton 2100?

Sorry, smells like BS to me.
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[quote]Originally posted by Horned_Frog:
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Like what???</strong><hr></blockquote>

That's for Apple to figure out.
I don't know anything, I'm just spoutin' my thoughts.
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[quote]Originally posted by MacAgent:
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That's for Apple to figure out.
I don't know anything, I'm just spoutin' my thoughts. </strong><hr></blockquote>

[quote]Originally posted by Horned_Frog:
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Like what???</strong><hr></blockquote>

I'd love to see a PDA capable of running a ViaVoice app equivalent.
I'd love to take voice notation that get's stored as MP3's. (Beat peckiing on chiclets or scribbling in Crappiti I mean Graffiti.)

Also, add an airport card and a 5GB drive and you'd have a useful device. A deal for only $799

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[quote] Why would they use a slower processor than the ones they last used in the Newton 2100? - Fran<hr></blockquote>


Exactly.

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post #13 of 40
Phill Schiller said that apple would not be releasing a PDA ages ago, and when the iPod came out, Steve Jobs said that PDAs were not that useful - why would he say stuff like that if Apple had a PDA in the works. If this rumour is true, then I dont think the final product will be a PDA at all, no matter how much some people would like to see one...
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[quote]Originally posted by mortigi tempo:
<strong>Phill Schiller said that apple would not be releasing a PDA ages ago, and when the iPod came out, Steve Jobs said that PDAs were not that useful - why would he say stuff like that if Apple had a PDA in the works. If this rumour is true, then I dont think the final product will be a PDA at all, no matter how much some people would like to see one...</strong><hr></blockquote>

I'm telling you, Apple has something in the works... Maybe not a PDA but they have to have something going on... Lets face it the call for Apple to do a PDA has been high ever since the newton was axed and the Palm took centerstage.. All the while Steve and Company has been telling us "sorry not interested" but then it comes out that Steve tried to buy Palm from 3COM. Why would he do that if PDA's 'sucked'.

Then Apple turnes around and makes a $400 MP3 player?!?!?!?! (I even purchased one and I do like it) But, I'm pretty sure Apple would have sold a TON more PDA's then the would have sold $400 portable music players.

Now look at the specs of the iPOD:

CPU - <a href="http://www.armltd.co.uk/armtech/ARM7TDMI?OpenDocument" target="_blank">ARM 7TDMI</a>
RAM - 32MB
HD - 5GB
IO - Firewire / Stereo
BAT - 10 Hour
LCD - B&W Non Touch-screen

All you'd need to do is change that LCD from a non-touchscreen to a touchscreen and you have a pretty damn powerful PDA!

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[quote]Originally posted by Fran441:
<strong>Why would they use a slower processor than the ones they last used in the Newton 2100?

Sorry, smells like BS to me. </strong><hr></blockquote>


True!
<a href="http://www.theapplemuseum.com/products/pda/newton_2000/mp_2000.html" target="_blank">Newton 2100 specs</a>


Personally, I just don't expect Apple to release a new PDA. The first was a major failure (costed Apple some cool $500 million) and I don't think Apple is willing to risk it again. I also agree with mortigi tempo. Why would Steve Jobs call PDAs useless and at the same time produce one? That would not be too clever PR!
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My guess is that a possible reason that Apple is pooh-pooh-ing the "PDA" idea is in order to introduce a "revolutionary" new device (sometime in the future), much as the iPod was a revolutionary and innovative music device.

They want to redefine the PDA market, much as the iPod has (in my opinion) radically raised the bar in the MP3 player market (and thus "revolutionized" in Apple-PR-RDF-speak). The issue is how to raise the bar over the WinCE devices which have many capabilities that Apple will have to include while maintaining a small footprint.

Apple has to make something that is beyond mini-windows device capabilities, and with which they can not compete easily-unless they use the "whole widget" spin, as they have successfully with the iPod.

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post #17 of 40
There are issues other than raw speed when choosing an embedded processor -- heat, power consumption, I/O capabilities, cost, etc. If Apple were building something more like the iPod than the Newton they might not require the fastest processor available. And it wouldn't run Mac software so it doesn't need to be a PowerPC.

Apple has said they aren't doing a PDA, but they did the iPod and are talking up the "digital hub" notion. Palm's sales are in the crapper, and nobody is having much PDA fun -- why would Apple jump into an arena they already bailed on and which is floundering? I don't think a traditional PDA is in the cards. They want devices which will convince people to buy Macs that can act as digital hubs for the other cool toys they sell.
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[quote]Originally posted by applenut:
<strong>rumor is wrong or not about an apple product.

Apple would use a G3 if they were to do a tablet or newton</strong><hr></blockquote>

i'm not sure about that. but they would definately use firewire instead of usb.
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[quote]Originally posted by Fran441:
<strong>Why would they use a slower processor than the ones they last used in the Newton 2100? Sorry, smells like BS to me. </strong><hr></blockquote>

Fran441,

Were you out sick from school on the day Principal Jobs gave the Mhz Myth lecture?

Just kiddin... but has anyone tried to read the specs of the Arm 9326MX chip? Oh it is VERY interesting... Here is a link to the ARM cpu's read the chip specs and then let me know what you think...

<a href="http://www.arm.com/arm/cpus?OpenDocument" target="_blank">http://www.arm.com/arm/cpus?OpenDocument</a>

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[quote]Originally posted by DaveGee:
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Fran441,

Were you out sick from school on the day Principal Jobs gave the Mhz Myth lecture?

Just kiddin... but has anyone tried to read the specs of the Arm 9326MX chip? Oh it is VERY interesting... Here is a link to the ARM cpu's read the chip specs and then let me know what you think...

<a href="http://www.arm.com/arm/cpus?OpenDocument" target="_blank">http://www.arm.com/arm/cpus?OpenDocument</a>

Dave</strong><hr></blockquote>

The Arm 9326MX isn't listed anywhere on that site. Is that what's "VERY interesting"?
post #21 of 40
[quote]Originally posted by Whisper:
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The Arm 9326MX isn't listed anywhere on that site. Is that what's "VERY interesting"?</strong><hr></blockquote>

HeeHeeHee yup... a non-existant CPU for a non-existant PDA they go PERFECT together! Oh and Damon Mouw as quoted in the first post seems to fit too... Since he doesn't exist either! :eek:

Now Eric Mouw does exist and does stuff with ARM and Unix but it would seem "Damon Mouw" (his little brother I'd have to assume) is just a used Newton salesman in Southern Calf.

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post #22 of 40
hey fran, now that AI is back up and running, and we're in this thread talkin' about future pda's (or lack thereof)...

whatever happened to that inside info and work you were doing for some undisclosed device? it sounded like a pda, from your non-nda-violating comments, but you never elaborated. did that prototype just vanish into thin air?

the mor ei get into the apple insider information community, it becomes more obvious to me that apple seeds a LOT of different prototypes for hardware, many which never see the light of day. a friend of mine was on the engineering team that was responsible for creating pieces of recent hardware, but he says that, like, 80% of what he's worked with has been scratched, postponed, or gone to vapor-ware status...

certainly makes this rumor-mongering a difficult job.
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I think the likely-hood of Apple releasing a PDA is prety damn high. Although I have no clue of when it is just a matter of when they want to. Apple sold the iBook as your digital life to go and they talked it up in this <a href="http://www.apple.com/hardware/ads/ibook-universe.html" target="_blank">http://www.apple.com/hardware/ads/ibook-universe.html</a>

They say in this digital hub commercial that you can "organize your organizer on it" which means that Apple considers a PDA to be a major piece to the digital appliance puzzle. Pretty interesting, I hope they do release a new PDA.
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Well, I like the mock up but the the specs are not much above a modern day equivalent to a Newton 2x00 not really a jump forward.

If you want my real thoughts check out <a href="http://www.macdiscussion.com" target="_blank">http://www.macdiscussion.com</a> the article should still be in the top three.
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Bogie, is the article "The Next Big Thing" is yours? Spec-wise using an embedded PPC like the one below could make MacOSX running on a tablet-thingy feasible and would drastically improve on the old Newton specs while adding voice control functionality, encrypted wireless connection to the main machine, etc.

I already posted this in another thread:

<a href="http://www-3.ibm.com/chips/products/powerpc/newsletter/oct2001/new-prod2.html" target="_blank"> IBM PPC 405LP </a>; SoC, integrating interfaces for RAM, LCD, DMA, serial, PCMCIA, touch panels , etc. Includes hardware support for voice recognition, encryption and code compression. Churns through 557 Dhrystone MIPS@500mW and 231 Dhrystone MIPS@53mW and... is designed around the PowerPC ISA! Samples to select customers (who in the world is using the PPC ISA anymore...? ) in Q1/02.
Now, what kind of a machine would *YOU* put this in?
No, PDAs are *O*U*T*!(can't even read the news headlines on them even if they display TV... )
Remember, the original G3@266 MHz did 488 Dhrystone MIPS... .

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FYI: the PowerPC ISA is heavily used in the embedded markets. Automobiles, network boxes, signal processing apps (G4), robotics, Nintendo GameCube, etc. I'm pretty sure that the embedded PowerPC market far exceeds Apple's megre consumption of PowerPC chips.
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Think QuickTime 6, think MPEG 4, think DV I/O controller, direct to disk recording, iPod 2. No rumors just facts.
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[quote]Originally posted by Macintosh:
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They say in this digital hub commercial that you can "organize your organizer on it" which means that Apple considers a PDA to be a major piece to the digital appliance puzzle. Pretty interesting, I hope they do release a new PDA.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Is it just me or is Apple the only company I've heard of that people can predict the company's future off one of their advertisements? Guys, the executives don't create the ads.
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[quote]Originally posted by undotwa:
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Is it just me or is Apple the only company I've heard of that people can predict the company's future off one of their advertisements? </strong><hr></blockquote>

Well Macintosh is quite an amazing guy
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post #31 of 40
OK. Let's assume, for a moment, that Apple really does have a PDA-like device ready. We'll give it some variant of a PowerPC 8xx or 4xx CPU. We'd probably have 64 MB memory, since that's what the iPaq has, and let's toss in a screen. So far, so good. Such a device is highly tangible and would be of reasonable cost (probably $500-$600).

But the problem is software.

There is no way on Earth you will fit OS X on there, if for no other reason than Quartz. Combine that with Cocoa and you'll use up all 64 MB RAM just running the OS, leaving nothing for storage. You'd need to fit this into a small space. That's not OS X's league at all. And, in the same breath, Apple cannot introduce a new operating system that this point. They're still struggling to get Carbon and Cocoa accepted on OS X. They can't simultaneously try to combat Classic and Windows and Palm and WinCE. Introducing a new language -- NewtonScript 2, or whatever -- wouldn't be wise either, since they're concentrating on moving developers to ObjC. And what about data entry? The Newton's handwriting is now licensed by Microsoft, from what I understand. Does anyone know whether that license is exclusive?

So, in short, Apple would have to:

- Develop a new operating system that was highly compact and suited for a PDA...
- That was nevertheless highly similar (at least from the programmer's perspective) to one of Apple's current APIs...
- And they'd probably have to develop handwriting recognition all over again.

And this doesn't even get into answering "why."
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[quote]So, in short, Apple would have to:

- Develop a new operating system that was highly compact and suited for a PDA...
- That was nevertheless highly similar (at least from the programmer's perspective) to one of Apple's current APIs...
- And they'd probably have to develop handwriting recognition all over again.<hr></blockquote>

I'm going to come out of lurking in this thread to point something out.

Apple has an operating system for handhelds. It's called the Newton OS. Newton OS 3.0 was even supposed to have support for color screens and a better storage system.

Apple also doesn't need to 'rewrite' (forgive the pun) it's handwriting recognition either. If what we saw with the few 'Inkwell' shots that ZDnet provided us, Rosetta can definitely work on different platforms.

All that being said, I don't think the specs provided above are accurate. Plus, the entire 'megahertz myth' arguement doesn't work if both chips are ARM processors from the same family.

If Apple wanted to go back into the handheld market, they'd need to provide a device with the following:

Backlit Color screen (1.5x Palm- Newton size)
G3 processor
128 MB RAM
Newton OS 3.0 (could have Mac OS X like GUI)
Upgraded Rosetta
Internal Microphone
Internal Speaker
Built in Airport
Internal Micro HD (4-10 GB)
Firewire

All this would need to be achieved for $700, and that's expensive for a handheld computer.

Now I'm going to step back out of this thread.
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I wonder what this actually does, and what effect it actually had on the OS footprint... mebbe we're not talkin about Newton OS at all.

[quote]IBM has incorporated three hardware accelerators into the PowerPC 405LP design — (1) The Speech Language Accelerator enables speech recognition, (2) the Cryptography Accelerator supports DES and triple-DES encryption algorithms, (3) and the IBM CodePack™ Code Compression Core executes instruction compression to reduce system memory requirements.<hr></blockquote>
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The memory compression technology attempts to reduce the size of PowerPC executables. The PowerPC uses 32-bits for every single instruction which tends to make applications about 30% larger than for x86 and other processor designs (like ARM, for example). In the desktop or notebook this isn't a big deal because code size just doesn't get big enough to matter. In the embedded space every kilobyte of memory matters (yes, thats thousands of bytes, not the millions or billions that everybody is so used to nowadays).

Why would a PDA have to run a G3? The StrongARM family is much better suited to the task -- extremely low power consumption, smaller code size, higher integration levels, etc. That new IBM could be a candidate (its designed for that kind of thing), but it would depend on a lot of other factors. iPod uses an ARM. Newton used to use an ARM. If (big if) Apple were to resume its PDA efforts they could go in that direction. Will they? I really don't think so, at least not in the "personal data assistant" market that exists right now. Jobs has already says he doesn't think much of that market. No, if their new device is a handheld it will be "revolutionary" and won't fit into our preconceived notions of what a handheld computer is. The PDA market is crowded and to sell a new handheld it needs to be something really innovative. It may have some PDA-like features, but if Apple does it they'll try for a real paradigm shift so that they can make money from it. PDAs aren't making money. Like the iPod it won't run MacOS 9 or X, and it will use whatever the appropriate hardware is.

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Programmer, I aggree with you on the notion that whatever Apple will come up with, in the sense of portable/handheld computing - if at all - will be drastically different from what's out there already. You are also right that most PPC processors have vendors other than Apple using them in their machines. What sets the 405LP apart is its very low power optimization and the on-chip touch screen and voice recognition support. That's not needed in basically any of IBM's other markets. Due to its specs the 405LP is also a real contender for the SA1110 and the upcoming XScale, it gets similar performance/W as the latter (although it doesn't scale quite that high up)with all goodies already on chip (AFAIK, XScale specs cover just the chip, unlike StrongARM specs).
What's the point? A tablet. It could run a stripped version of MacOS X and thus the regular applications. It would/could converge the different codebases of parts of NewtonOS with the main software efforts. (Remember, although iPod runs on an ARM, the OS wasn't developed by Apple).
I would wish for wireless connectivity and integration in home entertainment equipment. (by the way, this would also nicely integrate rumors of apple entertainment access kit to remote control your stereo system/TV, the new iMac removable flat panel rumor and the PDA rumors) I have no idea how to pull off the accompanying specs (probably it would come short on many of them if it came out right now).
It's all definitely only wishfull thinking on my side, sounds like fun AND usable and makes sense though, doesn't it?
But I really believe, PDAs are DEAD. And MS has noticed, too. Hence MS's push into the corporate market where the stuff might mature into something useful. I have a Psion 5mx and I love it. It doesn't play "The lord of the rings" or music or whatever but it can do all and everything a gadget this small could do without compromising usability (I think it's cool to be able to watch TV on a PDA but that's about it and no reason to spend a couple of hundred bucks on one.) but they're already dead, too. Too bad their niche got taken over and obsoleted by MS. (sob)
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It may not be all that drastically different, but Apple will position it as such.

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[quote]Originally posted by Fran441:
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I'm going to come out of lurking in this thread to point something out.

Apple has an operating system for handhelds. It's called the Newton OS. Newton OS 3.0 was even supposed to have support for color screens and a better storage system.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Yes, but: where would you get developers? Old Newton developers might port their old apps, but it's going to be damn hard resurecting a platform on which Apple pulled the plug with no warning, leaving developers high and dry. In addition, as I said, this is not the right time to introduce yet another new language and another new OO toolbox that has nothing in common with what's out there. (NewtonScript isn't even classic OO; it's a prototype-based language, and therefore a much bigger leap for the common programmer than simpler moving from C++ to ObjC.) Even if Apple were willing to tackle this, you can't get over the fact that Jobs hated Sculley and all he stood for, and that means that Jobs hates the Newton no matter how advanced it may be. For purely ideological reasons if nothing else, the chance that we'll ever see another NewtonOS-based device is just about nil. That still leaves Apple with either condensing Mac OS X painfully into what would really have to be about 4 MB RAM maximum (we gotta have lots of RAM for storage here) or developing a new OS. I don't like either option much, frankly. Given what they have, Apple's best bet would actually be to start with System 7 and base their handheld's OS on that. Maybe that's why RosettaStone was a Classic app. Who knows.
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Yes, I wrote The Next Big Thing, and if I can get off my butt over the holidays here I am planning on getting another article up there soon. For the most part The Next Big Thing sums up my views on an Apple PDA, and the fact that while I like the Newton OS and believe it has a lot of life left in it, Apple will not return to it.

What Fran outlined is a lot like what I imagine but more capabilities are more important than specs.
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My guess is that IBM built that chip to get into the cel phone market. PDA's are toast, but cel phones are rapidly turning into monsters... soon you'll be able to surf the web on your GPS equipped cel phone while using it as a remote control and debit system! Perhaps Apple is going to build one of these uber-celphones?


(Personally I hate cel phones, so I hope they don't do this)
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