Other than for encryption, can anyone here suggest what a 128 bit CPU would be used for?
Maybe for graphics. But crypto would be a big reason.
A good point. Back in the early 90's Apple was full of it (in both senses). There was just no way any regional person could deny the advantages of AppleTalk (EtherTalk) and stick with lame, stupid TCP/IP. It just wasn't thinkable.
But much has changed since then. And I think that Apple's in-house university (the one created by Steve in the years leading up to his death) is a big reason that we're not likely to see this hubris return. Not impossible but I think it's unlikely.
Apple could put a camera at each end of their phone so it could be used to capture stereo views. That would be pretty cool. With some practice you can view two pictures side by side on a computer screen and blend them without any other equipment like a magic eye pic, or Apple could supply some sort of electronic digital viewmaster for easy 3D viewing.
mj web wrote: »
Well, after all of DED's rumor mongering and Chicken Little fantasies here's the last word from Intel... Never!
Whoa... While that sounds like a minor bump, that would literally be the game changer. Also not very likely. Although it could store 3,588,860,714,729,490 Yottabytes (that is the next power up from Exabytes). That is a lot of RAM that a phone, tablet, or even modern computer cannot even come close to having. (Review this post in about 20 years, and then mock me in the same way we mock Bill Gates for thinking people will never need more than 64 Kb of RAM).
Running the world?/s
smalltalk-80 wrote: »
With any kind of brain they are right now deep in the process of rolling their own completely own architecture. Something which is quite easy. And even easier to get at least better than the current standards.
Acorn made the ARM core as a small company. Imagine what can happen with Apples weight behind.
They could easily make an architecture that is both Intel and Arm compatible with a programmable control store/FPGA etc. and beat both architectures at their own game.
Apple never announced a watch, it was just a rumor. Using your logic, the ?Television has been rumored even longer. Now we got an ?Car rumor starting up... If Tim Cook scratches his nuts, someone is sure Apple is going into the jockstrap business... I swear.
The silly SmartWatches that hit the market in the last two years were nowhere on target where Apple wanted to go with their ?Watch. First off Apple was aiming for the upper segment of the market...higher then Microsoft and Samsung could even imagine. High design and luxury were central to Apple's focus. Finally, being highly integrated with the rest of the Apple products makes for a more seamless experience and encourages a user to buy more Apple products to have that experience. So, if you look at the ?Watch as a way to encourage more other Apple products, it has a reason for being in the Apple lineup. Since it has utility, and fashion in addition, it has a purpose all its own as well.