Gadget Lab Podcast: The (Near) Future of PCs


There’s a new push in the industry toward computers that are always connected and don’t need Wi-Fi. They also have insane battery life and exceedingly thin hardware profiles. Sounds like an iPad right? Or maybe a phone? Correct; These devices have mobile processors in them. Microsoft and its partners are bringing these mobile-like computers, called Always Connected PCs, to market this spring. We also learned of new rumors this week that Apple will start making its own processors to go inside Macs, and we can guess that those chips will have a few things in common with the mobile chips Apple already makes. WIRED’s market editor Brendan Nystedt joins us this week to discuss these exciting times ahead for mobile computing.

Podcast

Some notes: Microsoft’s vision for Always Connected PCs. New iPads. The rumors about Apple’s switch from Intel chips to its own custom silicon. Recommendations this week: Steven Levy’s Hackers. The Fortune BroadSheet newsletter. And Drag City is now on Spotify. Send the hosts feedback on their personal Twitter feeds. Arielle Pardes is @pardesoteric, Brendan Nystedt is @bnystedt, and Michael Calore is @snackfight. Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. Our theme song is by Solar Keys.

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