Originally Posted by jukes
Apple doesn't differentiate between its portables when reporting profits, so it's likely that neither of these positions can be substantiated, though if either of you have a real reference I'd like to see it. I have a first generation Air and I've never really been happy with its crappy Intel graphics, but I love its look and feel. I expect the 9400M versions are sweet.
I don't have hard data because as you say Apple doesn't break it out. Regardless of that everything I've said is true.
If you want to research it, (I'm not going to do it for you), check into customer service/satisfaction reports, ask someone who works (or has worked) at an Apple store or ask the customers that bought them.
For example I work at a large concern with hundreds of laptops being bought in an average year. Some buy the Air (although most go for the MacBook Pro), and overall they've been reliable machines that the users just *love*. if I had a nickel for every time an Air owner filled the room with effusive praise for the things, I'd be rich.
I've heard pretty much the same from other people in similar situations to myself. I have never heard of nor experienced myself anything like what happened when the G4 Cube, or any of Apple's less reliably designed computers came out. If the Air was a broken flop as teckstud
seems to think, we'd certainly know by now. The people that buy them, generally love
them and sales appear to be a significant portion of Apple's portable market.
The problem is only that perception
is driven by tech sites like this one and techies generally want something with more horsepower. I couldn't use one myself as it would seem too slow to me, especially the video thing that you mention. "teckstud's
" reaction is classic in this regard in that he doesn't seem to be the sharpest knife in the drawer and often mouths opinions right out of the news without seemingly thinking for himself. He's also a pretty negative guy and seems to be constantly seeking affirmation, so he probably reads a lot of the negative stuff on Giz or Engadget, believe's it's true, and regurgitates it here so as to get the occasional pat on the head from a stranger. Very sad actually.
So when your whole world is internet rumours and tech web sites, you may get the idea that the Air is some kind of "bad deal." But out there in the real
world, buy them regularly and are far from disappointed with what they get.
I think the onus is really on the people who keep insisting that "it sucks" to kind of prove how that can be if people keep buying it. Especially when it's more expensive than most other computers of it's type.