re: Apple's Next iPad: Gateway To Mobile Revolution
Good analysis. I agree that Apple is slowly moving toward convergence but remains ambiguous on the prospect overall. But I think you're making a really great point about the iPad being a different kind of device in different contexts. That already happens today to a certain extent, and I think that will be more and more true in the future. A couple people who are well-placed enough to know where major mobile trends are headed recently told me that 64-bit processing might have less to do with desktop-class iPad apps than with Internet of Things (IoT) applications, in which the iPhone or iPad's computing muscle acts as a central anchor for other devices in the ecosystem. I'm not sure if I believe this reality is coming imminently, at least from Apple, but then again, one supply chain analyst has already suggested the rumored iWatch will have IoT uses. It's all speculation at this point-- but perhaps an indication of where things are going.