Windows 8 + Haswell: The One Device Dream Is Closer than You Think
Haswell is a very important architecture for Intel, as it aims lower on the TDP spectrum...At or below 10W it should be possible to cram Haswell into something the thickness of a 3rd gen iPad.
When Windows 8 releases next month, every early adopter will be forced to compromise despite Steven Sinosfski's design goal. Consumers will be forced to choose between backwards compatibility with millions of applications (Intel x86 hardware) or slim. fanless, battery-saving Arm based hardware. Sure, the choice is "nice" but what we all really want is something in the Arm enabled form factor with an x86 compatibility.
That will come with Haswell. We're talking full x86 compatibility and performance with no fans and no sacrifices on battery life or device thickness--all available near the launch of the 4th generation iPad. Do you think Apple will take a second look at combining the Macbook Air and iPad product lines once Haswell tablets start shipping?