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Top processor maker predicts $599 multi-touch ultrabooks, 13 hour battery life

For those unhappy with Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) touch-driven operating system turn with Windows 8, it's about to get worse.  Intel Corp. (INTC) announced at its Monday afternoon press conference at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada that all next generation Core i-Series "Ultrabook" machines will be required to have touch.

In other words, for OEMs less than enthusiastic about touch displays for laptops, you will be forced to either begrudgingly add touch or may be bumped down the supply ladder when it comes to Intel's latest and greatest upcoming Ultrabook-aimed chip -- the new 22 nm architecture Haswell (a "tock" release).

Thus Intel appears to be following an approach similar to Microsoft's with Windows 8 -- shoving innovation down the throat of the market.

Both device designers and customers will now be forced to deal with this force-feeding -- whether or not they feel ready for it.  Ultimately that may be a wise decision for both companies; Microsoft otherwise would risk being overrun by master marketers and innovators like Google Inc. (GOOG) and Apple, Inc. (AAPL), while Intel would risk losing more ground to ARM Holdings Plc. (LON:ARM)

For OEMs who play nice, there will be rewards.

Intel showed off a 13-inch reference design that delivered 13 hour battery life, when in laptop mode (10 hours when in tablet mode, detachable via a one-touch latching mechanism). Intel is claiming that the battery bump from Ivy Bridge to Haswell is the "largest generation on generation battery life increase in the history of Intel."

The processor maker believes that by the holidays $599 USD or below touch laptops will be available to consumers, with the latest Intel Core processors.




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RE: Doesn't make sense
By StevoLincolnite on 1/7/2013 7:31:49 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Um in case u missed something pal, Apple is designing its own SOC. It's spent billions to acquire the world's top chipmaking startups, design houses etc. and the license from ARM. Now it will make a chip that will blow away everything to date.


But Apple still has one thing against it.

It doesn't have it's own leading-edge CPU manufacturing plants, Apple has to rely on the likes of Samsung, Global Foundries or TSMC to actually make it's chips.

And lets face it, Intel has always had an edge in manufacturing.

Then a cobbled-together team of CPU designers at Apple doesn't automatically mean they will make a great processor.

Intel on the other hand has been building the fastest processors for how many decades? They have the experience and it is where I would hedge my bets.


RE: Doesn't make sense
By macdevdude on 1/7/13, Rating: -1
RE: Doesn't make sense
By StevoLincolnite on 1/7/2013 7:46:44 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Unlike Intel or Microsoft Apple knows how to make the best product in the world. It doesn't have disasters like Windows 8.


You're missing the point completely.

Regardless of any foundry that exists on the planet, Intel is far ahead, what Foundry can Apple possibly buy that is ahead of Intel? None. That's what.

Lets say if they did "magically" find one of those non-existent fabs that are magically ahead of Intel, you still can't beat decades of solid teams making the fastest processors on earth.


RE: Doesn't make sense
By retrospooty on 1/7/2013 8:36:48 PM , Rating: 3
Don't argue with this clown. He's Tony Swash on cocaine with an inferiority complex and is highly obnoxious to boot. He knows the competition is leaving his precious apple in the dust and he needs to lash out. It makes him feel like a man.

Meanwhile, Apple loses more ground.

http://www.businessinsider.com/consumer-reports-ip...

Hee hee hee


RE: Doesn't make sense
By KoolAidMan1 on 1/7/2013 10:57:38 PM , Rating: 2
2-3 point difference out of 100 qualifies as "the worst"?

Linkbait hooked the fish hook line and sinker


RE: Doesn't make sense
By retrospooty on 1/7/2013 11:21:51 PM , Rating: 2
Well that was someone's words added to it, referring to high end smartphones but the scores are the scores and Consumer Reports is 1 of the most well respected unbiased out there for decades, so I put a lot of weight on that, as opposed to some website. If I were to review it, it would rate even lower due to all the features it's missing.


RE: Doesn't make sense
By KoolAidMan1 on 1/7/2013 11:27:50 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, hooked em good. Easy


RE: Doesn't make sense
By KoolAidMan1 on 1/7/13, Rating: 0
RE: Doesn't make sense
By retrospooty on 1/8/2013 7:53:26 AM , Rating: 2
Please, show me where Anandtech says the iPhone 5 is the best phone. I recall reading their review of it and I dont recall that assertion.

As for the CR article, try not to bog your lil mind down on the headline or score and concentrate on the reasoning. The iPhone is billed as a high end phone, and the things it does, it does do well and it has a better (not by a huge margin) app ecosystem... But it is missing all of these things that the competition has.

- Larger Screens
- Higher resolution screens
- Better UI
- NFC
- Plays HD content without downscaling
- Greater than 5x4 icons (LOL)
- Faster Voice search
- Photo Spere
- Mini HDMI port
- Multi user support (for tablets)
- Multi Window support
- Flexibility in OS (Tons of Custom ROM's, etc)
- Flexibility in hardware (qwerty models, removable batteries, larger models, smaller models, high end models, mid range models, cheap models)
- Micro SD card
- Micro USB (Like every other phone made by every other manufacturer on planet Earth for the past four years, except of course, Apple)


RE: Doesn't make sense
By xti on 1/8/2013 8:42:40 AM , Rating: 2
totally agree, except i think a very small population care about these:

- Flexibility in OS (Tons of Custom ROM's, etc)
- Flexibility in hardware (qwerty models, removable batteries, larger models, smaller models, high end models, mid range models, cheap models)

...and as a community, we really gotta let the charger cable thing go. any cable is like 2-6 bucks online now, including mUSB and lightning, we are coming off as broke asses lol.


RE: Doesn't make sense
By retrospooty on 1/8/2013 9:09:55 AM , Rating: 2
Its not about the cost of the cable at all. Its about being plug in compatible with every charger built on Earth for every phone for the past 4 years. Forgot your charger on a business trip? No problem, borrow your co-workers. At your girlfriends house overnight and need a charge? Just use hers. At your parents for the holidays? No worries, their chargers work too.


RE: Doesn't make sense
By xti on 1/8/2013 3:07:49 PM , Rating: 2
how does that not apply to apple devices tho? just looking at it fairly, i think we can all agree that iphones are mainstream and i find it really hard to believe that no one at any work has an apple cord.

dont get me wrong, mUSB is cool and all, but it never realistically was an issue, apple has penetrated the market enough where their cable is just as common.


RE: Doesn't make sense
By retrospooty on 1/8/2013 5:19:51 PM , Rating: 2
Because you have over a dozen makers all over the world making one standard charger, and a single company that isnt.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm-zWDaoCtI


RE: Doesn't make sense
By KoolAidMan1 on 1/8/2013 1:53:18 PM , Rating: 2
Big screens are cool, the rest of the things you list are either non-features or gimmicks. Even voice search doesn't matter as Google's voice app on the iPhone is better than what's on Android, same with Maps.

Hardware and software on iOS are better. Gimmicks like batteries and cards seem to matter more to you.


RE: Doesn't make sense
By retrospooty on 1/8/2013 5:35:49 PM , Rating: 2
How is NFC, 1920x1080 res screens, mini HDMI, Micro USB Micro SD and removable batteries gimmicks? Seriously, those are not just features, they are highly useful features that high end phones should have.

I notice you totally sidestepped your "Anandtech says iPhone 5 is the best phone" thing too. hmmm... Got link?


RE: Doesn't make sense
By TakinYourPoints on 1/8/2013 2:33:21 PM , Rating: 2
There should be a drinking game whenever retro busts out the copypasta from his .txt of Android features, haha.

And xti is right, complaining about a cable makes y'all look poor and whiny. I have exactly one device with micro-USB, a Kindle, and thankfully that has weeks of battery life so it doesn't matter if I don't pack that cable.

Fun fact, if I'm stranded without a cable I have a much higher chance of finding either a dock or lightning cable. I guess it depends on what your circle of people is, thankfully mine isn't with IT neckbeards, haha


RE: Doesn't make sense
By retrospooty on 1/8/2013 5:29:11 PM , Rating: 2
"There should be a drinking game whenever retro busts out the copypasta from his .txt of Android features, haha."

+1... Cool by me. We could do the same for you every time you use your skewed cherry picked facts. As long as there is some clown acting like those things don't exist, I will post it. As long as you keep saying "If you like large screens" as if that is the only thing Android has over iPhone, I will keep posting :P

"complaining about a cable makes y'all look poor and whiny."

Like I said, its not the cost of the cable its the compatibility factor... And no-one is complaining. I am saying its yet another thing the iPhone lacks.


RE: Doesn't make sense
By Tony Swash on 1/8/2013 5:50:07 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
Meanwhile, Apple loses more ground.


Apple are dooooommmed!!!!


RE: Doesn't make sense
By retrospooty on 1/8/2013 7:56:31 AM , Rating: 2
Dont put words in my mouth spin boy. I didnt say they were doomed. Apple could release nothing new for 3 years and they would still be in the market selling the iPhone with people like you insisting its the best in the face of clear evidence to the contrary. What I am saying is as a consumer, there are better options out there with more phone and more features for your $.

My point with the link above? People are catching on to that fact.


RE: Doesn't make sense
By Tony Swash on 1/8/2013 10:27:20 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
Dont put words in my mouth spin boy. I didnt say they were doomed. Apple could release nothing new for 3 years and they would still be in the market selling the iPhone


Apple are not doooommmed!!!

quote:
What I am saying is as a consumer, there are better options out there with more phone and more features for your $. People are catching on to that fact.


Apple are doooommmed!!!

Make your mind up :)


RE: Doesn't make sense
By retrospooty on 1/8/2013 10:33:44 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Doesn't make sense
By retrospooty on 1/8/2013 12:15:14 PM , Rating: 2
"Make your mind up"

Busy earlier, but now can type... Anyhow, its not a 2 setting world. Stop and all ahead full. What I am saying is that Yes, most people are catching on to the fact that the iPhone is underfeatured compared to its competition, but there are still plenty of people that will buy it. That leaves it not doomed and not at the top of the market.

From 2007 to 2011, Apple was at the top of their game. Now, they aren't really innovating, and everyone caught up and then surpassed them. So, Apple will not be at the top of the market like 2007 to 2011, but will still be a major player and be highly profitable.

Not doomed, just bested by the competitors.


RE: Doesn't make sense
By macdevdude on 1/7/13, Rating: -1
RE: Doesn't make sense
By momorere on 1/7/2013 10:53:52 PM , Rating: 1
I'm not even going to waste my time proving you wrong on so many levels with all this non-sense you have been foaming at the mouth with. So instead, I shall provide some humor and a quick little reality check for you.

As a diehard crApple fanatic I'm sure you have heard about this http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57562300-1/new...

I see this as a true innovation that crApple MUST implement into their coming iPhones. Would you like to know why ? It is so that all you sheep/fanatics will be told by your phone that you are talking shit. As others that don't have the patented crApple RDF equipped, can save a little time and breath.

P.S. crApple hasn't invented anything.

P.S.S. All the product bans you hope to see aren't going to happen as the patents that were thought to have been infringed upon have mostly been invalidated since.

P.S.S.S As for your beloved stock, keep dreaming that you are laughing to the bank as it isn't anywhere near the mythical $1,000 mark and is falling at near terminal velocity. Enlighten me by reading this well written article.

http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article38387.html


RE: Doesn't make sense
By Tony Swash on 1/8/13, Rating: 0
RE: Doesn't make sense
By retrospooty on 1/8/2013 10:36:09 AM , Rating: 2
OK, all this testosterone and Apple V Google crap aside, you have to admit macdevdude is just completely over the top nutragious right? This guy is as bad as Cornfedone and Beenthere combined. LOL


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