Originally Posted by dulcamara
I have an MBAir and would carry no other MAC on the 100,000+ miles I travel each year. Weight is the big factor for me, and before the Air came out, I did my job with 2.5--3lb Sony/Lenovo machines with a Linux port. The difference between 3 and 4 lbs is huge if you are carrying that extra pound through airports.
When you get off the plane after one of your trips go to the gym. Seriously. I'm not trying to discount the reality that the weight makes a difference but a pound here or there is not and should not be a huge problem.
On the other hand, if Apple wants to sell me a 2lb, carbon-fiber, somewhat slow air for $3K, I am in!
It is a nice thought but realize that Apple is a Green company now a days. Carbon fiber would put them in a difficult marketing position. It isn't a bad idea form a consumers stand point but could be considered anti environment by the uninformed crowd.
The Air is way, way better. No more waiting for some guy to finish the driver I need from his dorm room, no more wondering if my wireless will stop working with the next upgrade, etc.
Apple has been known to break things too. The difference of course is that you can yell at them. As a side step tot he driver problem this is where I think the AMD hardware might actually be a big advantage for Apple and Linux users.
However, if Jobs kills the Air, I'm back to Linux. The difference between the Air and the IPad is that one is a real computer with a file system, an editor, a choice of web browsers/mail clients/... which runs stuff like MATLAB/ppt/tex/word/ and other stuff I need to get my job done.
I don't think they will kill it. Rather I'm hoping they see the wisdom in refactoring the machine to make it more usable. Usability and wide appeal with respect to customers is the key to keeping AIR viable.
Personally though I think the thing Apple really should looking into is making the 13" MBP a suitable replacement. That is find a way to lighten the machine but yet keep its flexibility.
I was hoping for a 256K ssd + new cpu + longer batter life for the same price. I was ready to buy one today.
Yes it is nice to wish for such a machine but I don't think it is possible at the moment. Well the 256K disk is but the rest of the machine would have update issues. My understanding is that the Intel CPU is late, even if it comes there is no certainty that the battery life would be better. Besides I would have to say it is time to go with more RAM in the machine too.
I'm still thinking the best thing going is for Apple to wait for Fusion from AMD if the GPU meets expectations. By expectations I mean more than just a fast GPU but also one that supplies video decode acceleration, and is a good OpenCL player. OpenCL is actually a key component of making Fusion a viable player, and AMD is working real hard on this.
Unfortunately I'm expecting another Core 2 with a new GPU, in other words a modest bump.