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Originally Posted by nvidia2008 View Post

Apple has been aggressive, no doubt. Most people are still hitting the iPad and iPhone pretty hard, gobbling them up. Apple is trying to shift a little of the iPad madness to the Mac 11".

More iPads were sold in just 26 countries than Macs sold in the whole world, in the most recent quarter. Of the people that picked up the iPad, I'm sure a sizeable number of them might have been frustrated it couldn't do more. This is Apple's answer. The 11" MBA is the direct beneficiary of iPad halo effect and frustration in not being able to purchase the iPad.

Remember when the iPod touch came out? People loved it because they didn't or couldn't get an iPhone, particularly globally. Same thing here. People love the iPad but they can't get it, particularly globally... So Apple is trying to shift that bunch of customers to 11" MBA while they gradually learn more and improve the iPad and figure out how the heck they can make more and distribute it at the same worldwide bandwidth that they do Macs.

You know, that's a really good point-- that Apple sees the 11" Air as a conduit between the iPad customer and the laptop customer. With the changes coming in Lion and further refinements of the iOS platform it really will be an interesting choice.

I think the functionality issues will recede and it will come down to if you want a keyboard and how much you like the touch framework (as opposed to the current, largely off the mark IMO, talk about what constitutes a "real" computer).
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You know, that's a really good point-- that Apple sees the 11" Air as a conduit between the iPad customer and the laptop customer. With the changes coming in Lion and further refinements of the iOS platform it really will be an interesting choice.

I think the functionality issues will recede and it will come down to if you want a keyboard and how much you like the touch framework (as opposed to the current, largely off the mark IMO, talk about what constitutes a "real" computer).

I just saw them at the Apple store. Clearly it's all about the aesthetics first, then the weight, then the function. Actually I was so taken by the form that I forgot to check out the function part at all, meaning the instant on/resume thing. Have to go back.

Interestingly, they are continuing the brushed-aluminium-contour theme that first appeared on the iMac back, then on the iPad back. I have never felt anything so satisfying -- in hardware, that is -- as the back of the Pad, and now the Air. I think they'll sell a lot of them on the strength of desire alone.
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I just saw them at the Apple store. Clearly it's all about the aesthetics first, then the weight, then the function. Actually I was so taken by the form that I forgot to check out the function part at all, meaning the instant on/resume thing. Have to go back.

Interestingly, they are continuing the brushed-aluminium-contour theme that first appeared on the iMac back, then on the iPad back. I have never felt anything so satisfying -- in hardware, that is -- as the back of the Pad, and now the Air. I think they'll sell a lot of them on the strength of desire alone.

iPhone, iPad and now many Macs are sold on desire alone, for the most part. Only later on through usage people realise, oh, this actually works alright...!

As I understand instant-on is just specialised sleep mode refined to the T. Boot up time is apparently, in any case, just 15 seconds.
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Hey, count me in, I would like to buy 11" Air for my mom! Really like that device, pretty cheap yet powerful enough to feel like huge MacPro if you don't run any heavy apps.
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