Generally speaking, hybrids are good. Hybrid cars save us money on gas and help the environment. Genetic hybrids produce delicious fruits like the grapefruit and tangelo. Without hybrid experimentation in music, we wouldn't have such brilliant, groundbreaking records from Miles Davis and the Beastie Boys.
But hybrid PCs are another story. There are plenty of them out there — powerful tablets that connect to full-sized keyboards; laptops with screens that spin around or detach — but none are really making any noise. It's not for a lack of design; some of these machines are so, um, inspired by the MacBook Air, you'd think they were designed in Cupertino, but still, they come and go without much fanfare.
It was a week of news for the big iPad, the little iPad, and even something as old as email made news this week. We've got more details on all of this plus a how-to, a rumor, a jailbreak announcement, and the competition floundering. Sounds like a pretty good week, all in all.
Oh, that whacky Samsung! Their contentious relationship with Apple is hitting Cupertino right in the pocketbook, with a report Monday that the Korean component manufacturer has raised prices by 20 percent for its application processors. Apple gobbled up more than 200 million such components in 2012 alone, so that should give Samsung plenty of walking around money to pay for all those patent courtroom battles.
While it's hard to imagine many iPad owners are waiting with anticipation to find out how much Microsoft's upcoming Surface tablet will cost, the company's own online store appears to have leaked the numbers ahead of its release.
So much for thinking that Apple and Microsoft might live in peace and harmony into their twilight years. A new interview with CEO Steve Ballmer goes on the attack against Apple, with claims that Redmond will not cede any ground to Cupertino.
Well, even though we're all about the Apple here, we have to recognize what the competition is up to and we are as shocked as anyone to say that Microsoft had what looks like a pretty good week. Windows Phone 8 software is out in the wild and the Metro interface is some of the best work Redmond's done in ages and it looks wicked sweet on the Surface. There were a few stumbles in the MS Keynote, so we'll see if the OS works as well as it looks. So what else happened?
Perhaps unwilling to tread the same path that search giant Google has walked with Android tablets, Microsoft held an event on Monday to show off a pair of its own Surface tablets, available in Windows RT consumer and Windows 8 Pro editions. When can you actually buy one? Beats us.