However that isn't 75% in my mind. I still hear people complaining about the speed of their machines.
Originally Posted by Tailpipe
I think you're right. In fact, I'd go even further and say that 75% of MacBook Pro users aren't CPU constrained either. where incremental performance is gradually becoming more than most users need. Rather like cars, very few of us need one with more than 300 bhp. I remember that Bill Gates once said that 512 Kb of memory should be just about enough for anyone, so maybe it is better to say we've reached a point of diminishing returns,..
There are many issues here.
In one case developers are still implementing software upgrades to take advantage of current capabilities. Follow the developer forums, here and there and you will see many discussions that revolve around the use of GCD. There is a development lag to take advantage of the latest hardware and software initiatives.
Another issue is Apples future software initiatives with things like AI and speech processing. As more horsepower becomes available I'm pretty sure Apple will be taking advantage of it in future software releases.
I think the difference here is that you see a plateau where I see a steep slope ahead. The hardware always comes first a prime example being GPU computing. The MBP will be able to leverage new tech earlier simply because Apple can pack more in the box. "More" here being whatever hardware is required.
Not so with GPU performance for games, movies and so on. I can't understand why Intel has lagged for so long in this area. They need to get with the program.
this is why I hope Apple implements an AMD solution. Maybe not in the AIR but certainly in something for nothing else to wake up Intel.
Anyway, as you point out, the current 13" C2D MBA is an excellent machine and with SSD offers a quantum leap in speed. SSDs are a game changer. My wife's 2011 MBA is an order of magnitude faster than my 2009 C2D MBP. She uses Photoshop on her MBA, not professionally but as an amateur enthusiast - it copes fine. Sorry, but it does.
"It copes fine" isn't exactly a glowing endorsement. In any event there is a wide array of users many who could not tolerate "it copes fine". My iPad is doing fine right this very moment, but it certainly isnt a MBP replacement.
Which reminds me that the screen is noticeably better than that on the 13" MBP too.
So, if the MacBook Air is already as fast as most of us need most of the time, the June refresh is only going to underline its capability as a mainstream computer. It really can be your primary machine. More than that, I'd say that it has ALREADY REPLACED THE 13" MACBOOK PRO, it's just that most people haven't figured this out yet.
Your perspective. However I'm convinced that AIR is a big compromise for many. It will be interesting to see how far SB goes to rectify this. The fact remains though you can put more power into a bigger box.
This makes me wonder what Apple has planned for the MacBook Pro line next January. Will the 13" die a natural death or will the 13" SB MBA kill it prematurely? It's kinda hard to figure out what Apple's strategy is. Airs and Pros, or just a single MacBook line-up in 11", 13" 15" and 17". We've already discussed this, but it is fascinating to see where Apple is leading us.
My dilemma is: do I buy a Sandy Bridge Air in June 2011 or wait for the new 13" IB MacBook Pro in January 2012? I don't need a new computer BTW, I am just nuts about new technology.
Yeah being a tech nut is hard on the budget.
Your answer will come when Apple releases the new AIR. Then you will know what they managed to roll into the machine. It will either meets your needs or not.