re: Intel's Plan To Make Laptops Sexy Again: Ultrabooks
So Ultrabooks are just really copying the MacBook Air. They haven't made it yet. They may never make it entirely. So why not mention that machine here, as that's what Intel is aiming for?
Let's face it, o matter what you say, a motebook is never going to be equivelant to a tablet, that is, iPad, as we shouldn't be afraid to say the truth here. IPads are at the beginning of their life cycle, and have a long future of major upgrades ahead of them.
But notebooks have already, except for the gaming and 3D program crowds, reached a point in which performance is pretty good already. Longer battery use is the main area in which they need improvement. Whether that can be done while bringing weight down further remains to be seen.
But iPads will remain far more convenient as they become powerful enough to handle most everything a good notebook can.
I remember the days when laptops were heavy, had short battery life, and we're too weak for "real" computing. The only area in which iPads are being considered to be deficient is in power, and perhaps (just for some), the lack of a built-in keyboard, which is easily remedied.
If people continue to move to iPads, there may be nothing computer manufacturers can do about it. Win 8 isn't a solution, as I've yet to read a single article about it that wasn't more negative than positive.
It needs to be pointed out that in a recent survey, almost 35% of people buying an iPad are using them as their only computer, except for a smartphone, possibly. In addition, a number of large companies, and government agencies are supplying their people with iPads instead of notebooks, and reports from them are that the people are happier, and more efficient.
Steve Jobs, right before he came back to Apple, was asked what he would do if he did come back. His answer?
"I would milk the Mac for all it was worth, and then move on to the next big thing."
He did that. It's the iPad, after all, and it will change everything.