"But will the world continue to love a closed system", That in itself is a very good question. As far as it has gone in the market in the past that answer would be no. The one big thing M$ had over everyone else as well as what made them what they are today was interoperability.
This is now as evidenced by the last three years somewhat of a different market as Apple with there closed system, and the expansion of said system (OS) has expanded it's capabilities quite admirably. This along with there other hardware player purchases recently as well as the HP/Palm merger bring a lot to a very specialized piece of the market specifically.
As I have stated quite regularly in the past year or so here, is where everything is going "the mobility market". I also remember right before the iPod was released discussing with a friend that we would have a cell phone sized fully operational PC within 5 years if not sooner.
This is where the largest part of the market is now concentrated. If they would just get the holographic displays up, and the robots more functional we will be in Blade runner before long. Especially with the burning oil well's, and the pollution ruining our environment, personal jets, automatic cars, and personal jets all being realities either now or before very long.
Now we just need some light sabers, and laser guns to add to the effect. Oh and also some teleportation devices, and huge space ships that fly at the speed of light. It would also help if Bigfoot (Chewbacca) would quit hiding as well.
First off, Apple and Samsung paid Intrinsity (about 50 mil estimated) to apply their "Domino Logic" (DL from now on) to an A8 design. Intrinsity is a company that was founded and specialized in DL design. However, they only apply DL to the slowest parts and stages of the processor, since DL increases the power used (even more than normal Dynamic Logic).
DL also has the problem of being very fab/process dependent and taking longer to impliment after a change. At the current rate, by the time Apple gets a PA Semi/Intrinsity designed A9 out on the market, it will be competing against Arms vanillia "A10" (or whatever they name that gen).
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I think that Apple imagines itself and it's retail markets as being part of a huge retail Chess Game. That said, just close your eyes and listen,.........do you hear that?
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
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