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  • wallisweaver wallisweaver Feb 24, 2013 4:43 PM Flag

    Google laptop shows Apple a thing or two

    Google's Chromebook Pixel has two killer features that MacBooks don't. Maybe it's time for Apple to rethink the MacBook concept.

    Thank you, Google. For obsoleting my MacBook.

    Question: What two killer hardware features are missing on MacBooks? My answer: a touch screen and 4G.

    What a coincidence. Just what Google is offering on the Chromebook Pixel. And in a package that comes close to matching the MacBook's aesthetics.

    Not everyone may agree with that. Take the laptop flat-earthers. They will say touch is stupid (or "pointless" as one columnist said) on a laptop. Yeah right, just like the mouse was a stupid idea.

    Then there's Apple's your-arm-wants-to-fall-off on vertical touch surfaces excuse. That will eventually give way to a touch-screen MacBook of some sort. You heard it here first.

    The point is, Google knows (they're not stupid) that touch is important on a laptop. As does Microsoft (Windows 8 and Surface). That leaves Apple in Luddite land.

    4G: And some might say that a Chromebook needs 4G more than a MacBook because the Chromebook is so immersed in the cloud. Hmm, my MacBook spends lots of time in the cloud too. And the last time I used it on the road, I was constantly hauling out my Verizon MiFi or running down my iPhone's battery with the Personal

    And the operating system? I believe that cool hardware is the first step in luring consumers to a new operating environment.

    While Chrome OS is still a work in progress (and lacks key features that many users need), with the success of Android, I do think it's possible that an improved Chrome OS combined with a second-generation Chromebook Pixel could reel in more consumers.

    Google certainly has my attention.

    By CNET, Brooke Crothers

    [This has to be disturbing news both for Apple and ARM fanbois and investors. Apple clearly is in a swoon and with no signs of coming out any time soon. The only hope for a lift I see for Apple out of the doldrums is to announce both an iWatch and a fabrication deal with Intel that will indicate that they are capable of and interesting in leading edge of technology. Waiting on TSMCs fabrication to evolve is worse than watching grass grow and it's increasing the rate of Apples' downward spiral. Apple is currently getting out-innovated right and left, as this article indicates. They need to bust a move and they need to do it quickly. This "maintain the status quo" is clearly not working and they are getting worked by both Google and Samsung. In fact, the Apple/Intel devices are a rare bright spot as Intel continuously offers upgraded performance and efficiency. It's decision time for Apple. Make the right moves with Intel or continue the downward spiral...]

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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