Originally Posted by Tailpipe
So, it looks like the MacBook Air will not be upgraded until the rest of Apple's notebook line-up gets refreshed in a month or so? Looks like Apple is really hesitating on this one.
I'm really wondering how big of a break we are likely to see with the new model AIR.
But I don't buy this garbage that the iPad has made Apple laptops redundant. You still need a 'mother ship' to hold and load all the data you want to stuff on your iPad. For real world office use, you still need a large screen and a keyboard for input. At least, I do.
For the most part it is garbage. For Apple it actually looks like IPad is driving more sales of Mac hardware. As to the PC world, they have bigger problems than iPad.
That said, I am not sure I have used the DVD drive on my 13" MacBook Pro more than once in the 12 months I've had it. When I did, it was only to watch a movie I could have downloaded via iTunes. Office was automatically installed when I transferred data from my Time Capsule. So, what I'm saying is that I am really ready to junk the internal DVD player, although I would like an external one (just in case).
Yes exactly, it is a lot to carry around if you never use it. The space could be better used for other things.
That means I'm ready for a MacBook Air now. I sure would appreciate the lighter weight next time I travel on business. All MacBook Pros tend to get heavy when carried for more than 30 minutes. The problem is i worry that its processor and memory are just too puny.
I wouldn't reccomend the current model if the above is the case. The processor isn't bad but it is no where near other laptops performance wise. I'm really hoping that AMD and Apple have worked out a deal for AMDs Ontario product. Given a high enough clock rate it ought to outclass the current processor yet run at very low power. I just don't think Intel has anything to bring to AIR right now.
In order for me to buy an MBA, I need the following:
- Decent processor that can handle very large spreadsheets and video
The original AIR bombed here but the current one will play video fairly well. That however is due directly to the GPU. As to spread sheets you will need input from somebody else.
- Two or three USB ports: as I sit here now, i have an iPAd and IPhone plugged in to my MacBook plus a back-up drive and a printer. One USB port just ain't enough.
Assinine if you ask me. Frankly this is one thing I've complained about from day one. The good thing here is that AMD is supposedly ahead of the curve here and will have USB3 built into their coming chips. Still even one USB 3 port isn't enough.
- An SSD with a capacity of 500 GB or 1 TB: Since I started buying movies online, I have less DVDs to get stolen or damaged because my kids failed to put them back in their covers. Movies no longer clutter up my den cupboards. But I've stopped buying them, because I've almost run out of hard drive space.
I understand your pain here but SSD that size are massively expensive. The better solution would be multiple bays/slots for storage "disks" or cards. It would be far better for this storage to be internal. Believe me I carry around an external HD just for media. I would rateher it was internal but my MBP is an early 2008 model that I don't want to tear into.
The only alternative that would be viable on the newer laptops is the use of SD cards. Far easier to carry around and far easier to loose. However i do use them to back up movies I don't want to loose and thus don't trust a back up disk with. Sd cards are to expensive though to use as general backup.
What I want is an MacBook Pro without the DVD drive. Hell, if Apple made a 15" MBA, i think I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
I'm still a big fan of the larger screen. Dropping the DVD drive for me is simply to free up more space for internal storage. With viable storage getting smaller and smaller room for three bays should be possible. Of course you might think that would lead to a huge MBP but kets think small. 1.8" format or PCI Express cards.
San Disk has also tweaked my interest with an entire SATA "disk" on a chip.
What Is obvious is that Apple has plenty of room to innovate in the laptop space. They could make AIR a far more viable machine simply by implementing the latest and greatest tech. The potential is there.
However the latest Mac Pro rev demonstrates that Apple can still pull a boner. The best we can do is wait and hope they supply us with respectable hardware.