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BJL

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Mobile computing vs notebooks
« on: November 08, 2018, 10:28:02 PM »

There has been much talk lately of how the huge sales of mobile phones are funding a bottom-up revolution in photography, with phone-cameras pushing technology forward far faster than is the case with "dedicated cameras". Now I notice a related trend on the processor side of things, with the ARM-based SoC processor clusters used in high-end phones, iPads and other tablets catching up with and in one case overtaking a significant part of the notebook computer market. The current high end of this is the new iPad Pro models, with an "A12X" SoC that outperforms a fair range of notebooks, including ones that cost substantially more and whose Intel chips have far worse power consumption.
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/11/apple-walks-ars-through-the-ipad-pros-a12x-system-on-a-chip/

Where could this go? Some speculate on Apple shifting to using its own species of ARM-based chips in macOS computers, but maybe devices like iPads and even high-end big screen phones will simply add the software capabilities to replace notebook computers for most tasks. Adding a good optional keyboard and track-pad is not a huge technical challenge.
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