Originally Posted by Mr.G
Wow thank you Marvin and tallest skill and also the last post forgot your name. Great posts and really helpful. I was doing my owning research on thunderbolt and I came to a realization that I would like you guys to confirm. Unlike FireWire I won't be able to create a network with TB will I?
That is a good question but I will leave you with this thought, I don't think the entire TB strategy has been played out yet. For one I'm expecting either a docking hub or monitor for the laptops. These would likely support Ethernet.
The idea I had in my head was I would eventually get around to replacing my preunibody MBP with a new TB one. And then upgrade my other things like external hard drives with time. So the final set up would be a MBP linked to a external hard drive acting as a desktop.
Speaking as somebody with a early 2008 MBP this is really stupid. Using a laptop as a desktop machine is foolish. You may not like to gear that but think about this, if you buy a desktop iMac right now you have your portable needs covered!!! You already have an iPad and a MBP to hold you over until a more suitable portable arrives.
This should be pretty obvious, fill out your desktop now and get by with your current portable for awhile.
And then when I needed to sync up the MBA I could simply plug up into my thunderbolt setup and then view files on my external hard drive and MBP just like I was plugged into a network.
Or you could simply buy a hub.
However after reading some articles I got the impression that multiply computers couldn't connect up like that. Which would mean I would just go for the MBA now as the file sizes I work with are easily transferable over wifi.
So why ask the question? In any event I think it will be awhile before we have a sound idea as to what Thunderbolt is capable of. I doubt that we will see the ability to connect straight from one machine to another but a hub emulating Ethernet or some other protocol might be possible.
Last question I have is, when the MBA is updated to a ulv/lv core i5 or similar processor, as someone pointed out apple would probably have to ditch the nvidia graphics set. Does intel make a graphics chipset that is comparable to the nvidia one now?
No it doesn't, not even close. The hardware doesn't even support OpenCL.
The real use the MBA will be getting is emails, letters, slideshows for work and maybe aperture for when I travel I have a place to back up my photos. Or I may just stick with iPhoto and then transfer them to my MBP.
You do realize your current MBP can do this now?
Beyond that you have to be very careful about performance of the new AIRs. Any app that is CPU bound will absolutely suck on the current AIRs. With future AIRs you need to be worried about a Sandy Bridge only solution due to the lackluster GPU.
Also realize that future software will likely be GPU accelerated. Webkit nightlies are and sooner or later the advance features of web kit will make it into Safari. The point here is that it is easy to buy to little GPU these days. The current AIR GPU isn't that bad but the one in Sandy Bridge would be a step in reverse.
In other words the next gen AIR might be a big step forward for the CPU and a step backward for the GPU. No one really knows until the new AIRs debut.
But I would be interested to know peoples views on if the current generation of MBA is a good set up for that kind of work requirement. (I was thinking 11 inch with 4th ram and 1.6 ghz rather than 13 inch)
Well I can't say about Aperture but it is pretty obvious they handle E-Mail well. I would have a big concern about on board storage though, one photo shoot could plug the drive easy.
In any event there is to much missing in this conversation for any reasonable recommendation to be made.