Originally Posted by zunx
THE MAIN reason to buy the MacBook Air 11.6-inch is NOT because it is cheaper, but because it is lighter and smaller. Apple should make an even lighter (400 to 600 g) and smaller (7-inch) MacBook Air.
Definitely, on the first point. People who are cost-driven (and need a Mac) would be better served by the MacBook, which has the same entry level price, has a lot more storage, and is easily upgradable after the fact. I've been lusting after the 11" Air for a while, and could see picking one up when they are refreshed. 13", not so much, because while the increase in pixels would be nice, it's not worth the size (footprint) tradeoff to me.
I don't agree that Apple should make a 7" Air, though. Whatever they could manage to shoehorn in there, CPU/graphics/RAM/storage/keyboard-wise, would be less of an all purpose computer and more of a companion device. I think the iPad already fills that need perfectly.
Originally Posted by Apple ][
We all know that Apple pulled the backlit keyboards from the Macbook Airs, but why? Is there a technical reason for that? Was it done to save money? They should definitely reintroduce those kind of keyboards and put them into this next batch of Airs which are coming out soon.
My first guess was for battery life. I love the backlit keyboards on MBPs and PowerBooks. Moved down to a MacBook (for size reasons) for a couple years, from late 2007 until mid 2010, and missed it. But mostly only because, well, it just looks cool. As far as increased usability, I think it only makes a difference if you're in a dimly (or non) lit room and mostly using the trackpad for browsing, with the need to hit an occasional key or two. Well, that and locating the special control keys along the top row, but pretty much the only ones I use are the volume keys and the screen brightness keys, which are easy enough to commit to memory.
So while I think it would be nice to have the backlit keyboard reintroduced, I doubt I'd be willing to pay extra for it, and if it had any impact on battery life, I'd keep it turned off.