iSlate: Moorestown vs ARM
Given the Moorestown demos at CES I can't help but think that it's actually possible that the iSlate come with Moorestown instead of ARM. Perhaps not likely but possible.
- Porting current iPhone apps won't be too hard given we develop on x86 and have an iPhone simulator. Apple has to do all the heavy lifting here to insure cross platform API compatibility.
- Intel has a couple design wins with LG but I bet they lust after the iSlate as a design win for Moorestown.
- Moorestown is (likely...have to wait for benchmarks of both) faster than even the A9 and being relative power hog isn't as big a deal on a 10" device as a 4.8" handheld (more room for battery) like the LG MID/Smartphone.
- MS is unlikely to ever port Office to ARM for Apple. It would be possible to run Office or any other normal Mac app on Moorestown if Apple wanted to. It gives them significant product flexibility over the long term.