Originally Posted by zunx
The fact that the 11.6-inch MacBook Air has outsold the 13.3-inch model is revealing. If Apple made an even lighter and smaller MacBook Air, it would outsell the other models as well. Because many people want a full Mac but as mobile as possible. And here the iPad cannot deliver, because it is not a Mac.
It is important that the features that make the unit a "full Mac" are maintained, both regarding a large enough (and such a good, not cramped) keyboard and a decent screen size. But these features CAN be maintained also in an even smaller footprint. And I agree that the iPad cannot deliver in this repect, but an iPad with a keyboard case (though NOT with for instance Logitec's and most others brands' cramped and bad keyboards) is coming a way close to what I want.
I will suggest a small model Air with a 9-10 inches screen, and perhaps also make one with a 6-7 inches screen. Of course this will challenge the possibilities of having a good and large eniugh keyboard (and this must be somewhat sacrified on the smallest units that I imagine). But the portability, mobility and even pocketability advantages will be great, and there are a lot of us that hope that Apple will use its creativity also in this area, with this formfactor.
Also: Perhaps making a clamshell iPhone with a physical keyboard can be a good idea. In our society now with so few people smoking, this can be designed like an elegant cigar case (with a size that could contain about 5 cigars). Especially in the business market segment this is a type of unit that I think a large number of persons will appreciate and buy. Just look around at different forums, and you will see that this is a need. (Nokia, and Psion before them, once upon a time had an excellent opportunity to develop such a device, but of reasons not understandable this idea was not developed, but cancelled with the S80 platform.
I think Apple can do real good business if they will begin to consider these ideas.