Originally Posted by ajay
well, that was just waiting to happen, wasn't it?
just when you're convinced that the current MBP is already pretty sleek for the power it packs, someone puts it next to MBA & makes the MBP look chubbier / old-fashioned!
Old fashion maybe. But the chubby look just implies more power.
In any event many of us evaluate notebooks based on the units meeting our technical needs. In this regard the new AIRs are so close it hurts. One can only hope for an update soon ( yeah I know they just came out). I was no fan at all of the Original AIRs but these new machines are far far more impressive, it is just to bad the SSDs are so puny, the low clck rates don't help either.
I do agree that making the MBP thinner at the edges doesn't really help much, except maybe for improving the aesthetics.
I still don't like that they dropped the Ethernet port though.
slimming down the entire package, now that appears quite possible. even then, the thinness of MBPs would be limited by the available USB / FW ports.
They can slim all they want as long as the new machines are measurably more powerful. Giving up a little bit for portability is what the AIRs are about, a MBP should be bleeding edge powerful. I'm not actually concerned about Firewire as it is dead on the vine, Ethernet though is another matter.
IMHO, the LAN ports are the largest now & unless they are replaced by, say, USB or FW (via adapter dongles), there appears to be a limit to how thin future iterations can get.
I assume Lightpeak technology is being viewed with interest because folks see potential in it. So perhaps it's just a matter of time before we know how it gets assimilated!
micro-USBs... I'm not sure how practical they would be - because of the proliferation of USB-thumb drives & Apple itself showing signs that future OS-es could come on such media.
Yes employing Micro USB on any device is a joke. There are far to many products expecting the common port. In any event USB isn't really that thick. Structurally you need some thicknees or else the machine will flap around like aluminum foil.
In any event since the AIRs aren't enough machine I will take an interest in the new MBP when they come out. If apple puts in the same effort they put into the AIRs they should be really impressive.