I generally understand the differences between the CPU and chipset but I do not have a technical understanding like many of you, so this is all pure speculation as I don't know if it's possible or even plausible, given battery considerations, heat dissipation, etc.
But my understanding is that by Apple providing their own chipset, they can basically reconfigure the motherboard, yes?
So is it possible that they might create a motherboard that can handle dual processors like their Mac Pro? Running dual Centrino 2's would be a major benefit unmatched by their competition.
Or how about a substantially faster front-side bus? Expanded Ram maximum?
Also, I remember some patents that Apple filed a while back describing a portable device much like a notebook with a removable keyboard, that you could then plug other interfaces into for controlling specific tasks in different programs.....such as:
Let's say your editing video on your mac laptop....pull the keyboard off, and plug&play a video interface with full dedicated keys and "scrubbing" shuttle wheels.
Or, your running any number of audio applications, but let's say Logic, and you can plug & play a midi keyboard interface directly onto your laptop, or an equalizer, or a loop-based editor with touch capability.
Or, your running your fav graphics software and you can pull your keyboard and plug in a tablet interface directly on your laptop....
Really, the sky is the limit here and it would be untouchable by any other computer maker.
Wouldn't you need a new type of motherboard for such a system?http://www.appleinsider.com/articles...interface.html