The internet has enrolled in junior high. In contrast to those halcyon days when carefree if somewhat unruly young start-ups jostled equally for attention, today’s internet businesses are joining cliques, angling for favors, and shunning lower-class losers.
Apple may be the world’s most secretive consumer products company. And when facts are few, mere speculation roils a sea of hyperbole. You need someone to dive beneath its turbulent surface and fetch pearls of reality. Beginning this month, I’m signing on as your diver.
Intel has released a trio of chips that it claims can beat the stuffing out of any mobile chips on the block, including Apple’s A4 processor, used first in the iPad and now in the iPhone 4. And Intel would be more than happy to save Apple the trouble of developing, say, an A5.
Unfortunately, we members of the great unwashed can’t directly compare the A4 with Intel’s new chips, developed under the platform codename of Moorestown. While Intel, whose chips power Apple’s Mac but not its iPhone/Pad/Pod, will tell you practically anything you’d like to know, Apple has released next to nothing about the A4.