- ARM’s great value to Apple, and to the world, is that it proliferates a microprocessor architecture around the globe which means that Apple’s products can work with everyone else’s products and everyone else’s products can work with everybody else’s products.
- If Apple bought ARM everyone else would stop using ARM because no one wants to see a repeat of the Intel situation in which one company owned a dominant architecture.
- If ARM were threatened by takeover Apple might take a blocking stake, but ARM has become too valuable as a trusted supplier of a global architecture ever to be owned by a systems house or a semiconductor company which might set out to eliminate or compete with ARM’s licensees.
The ARM model suits the world and the world won’t see it broken.
- For all the hype around 3D virtual and augmented realities, however, the technology still necessitates strapping a device to your head.
- For anyone who has experienced virtual reality (VR) before, or been in any kind of simulator, the experience is all rather underwhelming, particularly after the warnings of motion sickness and expectations of an immersive bucking bronco ride.
- Signing a health and safety waiver and confirming that I’m not overly sensitive to noise, I am strapped into a padded vest and virtual reality goggles and invited to straddle the turbine – and ominously told to hold on tightly.
- Before you know it, you’re floating somewhere above an imaginary landscape and landing back in the room 90 seconds later.
- Which is something that the spectacular downfall of Google Glass revealed the general public – if not hardcore gamers – are still very reluctant to do.