MacBook gets the Core 2 Duo. What’s next?

Macbook_1Finally, the wait is over. We’ve spent about a year watching the entire Apple computing line move to Intel processors and the last transition is over with the MacBooks running the Intel Core 2 Duo. $1,099 for a base MacBook with Core 2 Duo is compelling, although I just spec’d one out that I’d love for around $1,390: I stepped the CPU up to 2.0 GHz, bumped the RAM to 1 GB and added Parallels software for XP / Vista applications. Unfortunately, that package will sit abandoned in my shopping cart until I can scrape up the dough.

While I’m waiting for my budget committee to approve funding, I have to wonder: what’s next for the Apple computing platform? We’ve seen several processor updates as well as virtual support for Windows, but seriously: where do we go from here with Apple computers? I honestly don’t have a thought or clue at this point (other than Apple inviting themselves into my living room), but I’ll be thinking it through for a later post. Meanwhile, I’d love to hear where you think Apple goes next…bonus points to me for not using the words "Apple" and "Tablet" in the same sentence. Oh bummer…I just did.

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