Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody
Yeah, I'm not saying they aren't better than the old ones. It's just that they are only ever so slightly better than the old ones.
I know several people that bought the original MacBook Air and have suffered through the last two to three years with it, the breakages, (many lost their data several times), the poor performance, and a whole lot of insults from people who thought they were idiots for buying it. It just seems odd that at the end of all that, Apple is offering essentially the same device (admittedly with some fixes for the most egregious design flaws.) It makes you feel like you were just some kind of test dummy for Apple to have to go through all that, and that at the end of it all there is no reward.
I also find it kind of amusing how Apple can have a lack-lustre event like this and yet everyone is still admiring them as if they were gods, when in fact what they have delivered is rather mild and not that interesting.
In terms of your take on the air rev. 1 I have to say this: The air has always been a cutting edge device, with compromises, it's been a way to test the limits of design, to go a bit further. Sure there are going to be problems, but nowhere near as many as you mention, I know lots of people who love it and swear by it. The 've had the thinnest, most beautiful (by far, and I think rev. 1 is more aesthetically pleasing than this version - it's a design classic) laptop for a while, one of the lightest ones, and a very powerful one for that matter. Ok, there were some hinge problems, a few lines on the screen, and the very first one had to be throttled down a bit for that awful flash, but we are talking here about a cutting edge product? If apple hadn't ventured (again) thus far, no one would have.
I think you are overreacting. Ok, some people might admire them as gods, maybe because they are immature, maybe because they are in need of admiring others as gods, apple isn't such a bad target to project - they have lots of good qualities. But I think the vast majority of users here who are happy here for very tangible reasons: They presented some very interesting updates to their core lifestyle suit (not personally to my liking most of them, or rather to my interest, but I am sure lots of people will love these features), also some very promising highlights from the new os (including an early shipping date), and updated a device that many people liked to something that is almost compelling to buy for a lot of people, myself included, by fixing and upgrading some of its key components: more ports, better batter life, great screen resolution, very aggressively priced, with an innovatory approach to having fast flash on the motherboard itself, an innovation with the instant on, with options for 4gb memory, which is lighter and also gives you the option to have an even smaller screen model, and without the dreaded to many glass on the screen. They pretty much satisfied most people's requests (smaller screen, bigger ram, better igfx, cheap price, no glass on the screen, more ports) whilst staying true to the character of the air and adding a bunch of their own innovations with the flash chips, instant on, thinner unibody design etc.The question isn't what do you like about this, the question is what's not to like?
Ok they couldn't get an advanced shipment of the Jan-Feb. intel chips, and they couldn't make this bulkier just to have a discrete cpu in, so they went with the c2d. Big deal, as if the new crop of chips with crap gpus are as much better as the sites like anandtec and the rest of the flock on intels payroll make them out to be. As if they had any other option but including a c2d. This ideology that is stuck on the cpu is garbage anyway, both the c2d and even the next line of intel's chips will look Paleolithic in a couple of years anyway. And what exactly do people expect to run on their airs? The real bottleneck in such devices has always been the gpu and the hard drive speed anyway.
Ok, so they didn't include 3g in there, it's not as if most of us don't have a smartphone (and most of them can tether), it's not as if there are no other options out there such as mifi.
Again, to me, the question is what's not to like with this update of the air?