Scary thought.....

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by JPizzzle, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2008
    Hey all, after reading these ipad rumors I just had a scary thought. What if they load the new ipad with a processor and graphics card on par with the new macbook air? It's certainly possible considering the size of both. I would personally be a little annoyed that the ipad would have specs on par with the air, but then again I have no reason to be since they're two different devices. What do you guys think?
  2. macrumors P6


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I don't see this happening

    Two different target audiences
    Two different operating systems
    Two different functions
  3. macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
  4. macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2008
    why would you be annoyed?
  5. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
  6. macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2009
    Ahhhh!!!! Won't someone please think of the children?! :D

    I can't see this happening, they are quite different devices. I can see there is some overlap, but not to the extent that the specs will blend together.
  7. macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2009
    I think an iPad with MBA internals would be more expensive than a MBA, due to the touchscreen.

    The iPad is hard to do real work on, because you don't have a keyboard, and touchpscreens are only good for entertainment, not precision work.

    Also, a really fast iPad would fragment the IOS market more - people would build apps that would run too slowly on the iPhone.

    It would open up a few doors, but really, the iPad is good enough for reading the news, and throwing virtual birds at castles. I want a cheap iPad, not an iPad that can run Photoshop.
  8. macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2010
    Oh no!

    Can I come out from under the covers now?

    Is it safe?
  9. thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2008
    I'm sorry if my post will cause any of you nightmares :rolleyes:
  10. macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

    Fo shizzle my pizzle.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2010
    Athens, Greece
    Well, the 2 devices have almost the same size, BUT, the air has cooling fans, whilst the iPad doesn't. That means the air's specs inside the iPad without fans will overheat it. But we will soon see dual-core cpus in the iPad, don't worry. Not an nvidia 320m though ;)
  12. macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2010
    it's so scary!! terrifying even! in fact, what if they made the ipad more powerful than the macbook pro!! they could give it a 17" screen too. maybe it's even more powerful than the mac pro. Xeon processors in the ipad!! ZOMG!!!111
  13. macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2010
    I would call it iPad Air and take away the display backlighting.
  14. macrumors member


    Oct 27, 2010
    East Coast
    I bought an iPad to do "fake" work on...

    Bluetooth Keyboard & Mouse?
    Also I love this idea of "real" work. Is that vs. "fake" work? :D
    That aside, I think an iPad with MBA internals would be too large a jump for newest refresh. Plus where the MBA is running OSX and an iPad is running iOS it seems that it would be overkill to boost internals so dramatically.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2010
    Athens, Greece
    how do you use a mouse on the ipad? it has no cursor :S unless there is an app that creates a cursor for the ipad.
    They can actually make an air/ipad hybrid, like the Dell Inspiron Duo, but thin as the air ;)
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2010
    Maybe you just have sausage fingers?! I get plenty of work done on my iPad.

    BTstack mouse. Works brilliantly. Does it have a point? errr..... probably not! :D
  17. macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    +1 - agreed. These are very different devices in my eyes - I'm continually surprised how people on this board frequently equate the two.
  18. 2IS
    macrumors 68030

    Jan 9, 2011
    Don't think it will happen.
    Don't think it would be scary if it did.
  19. macrumors 68000

    Mar 1, 2006
    HEHE... I love your response. When I was a kid, I used to sit on the swingset at lunch\recess with a friend, and say "wouldn't it be horrible of mexico bought the USA?" ... wouldn't it be amazing if the US launched a spaceship and we could all go on it? lol... this post is so nostalgic of those playground conversations.
  20. dime21, Feb 9, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2011

    macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2010
    how ironic that your playground conversation has actually come true. although it isn't mexico, but rather it is china. the usa is indeed "owned" by china right now. today. it has already happened. who do you think bought up all that us gov't debt, so that we could fund all those multi-billion dollar bail-outs, obamacare, and the record federal budget deficit we now have? if you said China, you guessed correctly. and the record unemployment we have now is due almost exclusively to manufacturing job losses. where do you think all that manufacturing (and the many billions of dollars associated with that) went to? Yes, the same place all your shiny Apple products are made. China. And as the owner of all our debt, who do you think we pay tens of billions of dollars in loan interest to, every year? Yes, China.

    China is the new world super power. Their military is 6 times the size of ours. And we are the ones funding it all. We just haven't realized it yet.

    Now THAT is a "scary thought".
  21. macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    Ugh - nice thread hijacking...
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2010
    Dude think of the children. I read this on a bus trip and i droped my iphone and a random 5 year old child read the thred and was really scared i hope it didn't traumatize him.
  23. macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2011
  24. macrumors 68000


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    And what about that great iPad battery life???
  25. macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2011
    Apple makes some odd moves here and there. Just laugh and roll with it.

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