...we just happen to be at the beginning of a transition of the Mac into its next phase. In some ways, this is a mid-life crisis.
and Robert Scoble's Facebook post on touch screen devices.
Looking at my life and that of my coworkers I'm seeing less and less of a reason to stick with a traditional laptop.
I'm also very certain that this is the transition period for computing devices. Transitions from traditional laptops to ultra-portable high performance touchscreen devices.
High Performance Computing NotebookLooking at the new MBP :
- Ultra-portable - 0.71", 2kg
- 512GB flash storage
You can almost anything on-the-go with this new notebook - compile source codes, render HD videos, or even play games. It would be hard to imagine any would still get an iMac, unless you are going for serious 3D/HD graphics rendering with 16GB RAM and SSDs.
Looking at the trend, I couldn't agree more with MG Siegler that its just a matter of time before Macbook Air will be merged back in the Macbook Pro branch.
I also imagined Apple dropping the “Air” appendage and resurrecting the “MacBook” brand once again in the name of simplicity. But that clearly isn't happening either. At least not yet.
- MG Siegler
Touch Screen Computing NotebookOn the other side of the spectrum, we can clearly see that Microsoft is pushing hard for touchscreen based devices. Windows 8 engineered for this purpose. Got a couple of chances to hand-on with the non-office tablets with Windows 8 on it. Its very responsive and the flow of content display is just natural.
Imagine you can dock your tablet and it instantly turns into a workstation, and when you undock it changes back to the presentation mode. You can carry it around, scribble notes on it on the go, or just show slides to your friends/client instantly. That is how things work in the near future.