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@Andrew Martin: I'm not so sure there is a battery life that we'll hit in the next few years that's good enough for everybody. Ask anyone who has switched recently from a feature phone to a smartphone -- they would go weeks without recharging their phone to recharging everyday (and with good reason -- I wouldn't go back to a feature phone even if you paid me). Even the MacBook Air with it's 14 hours of battery life can still be improved upon. Until we get to the point where we aren't even thinking about charging our devices, we still have improvements that can be made. It's true that Apple provides the drivers for Windows, but they don't write the majority of them. They just package up the drivers that are provided to them by each of their component vendors, just like any PC OEM does. The only drivers they do write are for things that are unique to their hardware (Facetime camera, for example). Besides, if Apple didn't put out the best Windows drivers they could for their hardware, it could still come back to bite them. If all of a sudden their hardware performs worse than PCs with similar hardware, people will question what is going on with Apple's drivers and the motives behind why they are so bad. Apple should want their hardware to perform as good as it can, even if it's not running their OS. Ultimately, it's the hardware that they are selling, not the OS.
One more use for your smartphone -- as a replacement for the various membership cards with barcodes on them. If you don't want to use a dedicated app, just snap a photo of the card and keep it stored as a picture. It all depends on the scanner in use, but a lot of places will work just fine scanning your phone instead of a plastic card. I'm hoping that in a few years, I'll finally be able to get rid of my wallet, in addition to everything else that my iPhone has gotten rid of in my pockets.
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