Apple is continuing its foray into the cloud.
The company that started the smartphone and tablet craze may be taking the personal computer in the same direction. By doing away with its MacBook line, Apple is now focusing on the AirBook, a lighter, thinner computer, and one of the most portable "full-sized" laptops on the market.
One of the keys to its small size is the use of flash memory that cuts down on the hard drive size. The AirBook goes hand-in-hand with Apples's iCloud, which is a remote computing innovation that hosts Software-as-a-Service, data storage and other cloud computing-based technology.
If the past is any indicator, the new push by Apple to integrate cloud computing and laptop design will not only take off for the company, but will also be imitated by the industry and may become status-quo in the coming years. The more laptops rely on cloud computing, the more the line will blur between mobile devices and computers, as one of the major differences between the two types of hardware is hard drive memory.
Perhaps in the near future, laptop owners will be purchasing both computers and mobile phone accessories from the same service providers, as technology becomes more mobile-oriented.