“The research firm Current Analysis [recently reported] that notebooks had outsold desktop computers in May, the first time that has happened on a monthly basis,” Jason Lopez writes for Sci-Tech Today. “According to the research firm, computers made up 53.3 percent of the personal computer market, outpacing desktop PCs.”
“Apple saw little need to change its third-party chip vendor until mobile wireless computing started to catch on. Apple’s laptops have about 3 hours of battery life. Intel’s Pentium M, as part of the Centrino platform, exceeds Apple’s performance and has registered as much as 7 hours worth of battery power,” Lopez writes.
“With IBM lacking the organizational focus to keep up with Intel in the power-consumption arena, Apple might have had no choice but to migrate. ‘When you’re talking about mobile computing you’re talking about the sweet spot of the industry,’ said IDC’s Shane Rau. Rau foresees Apple adopting most of the Centrino package. ‘Yes, Apple will have Pentium M and therefore an Intel core logic solution, but the Wi-Fi? I’m not so sure.’ Apple is expected to go with best of breed while Intel is considered behind the curve in the move to the latest wireless standard of 802.11n,” Lopez writes.
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