Originally Posted by Marvin
I guess that means they could only manage 128GB in the entry Air, which isn't enough for a mainstream model. Quad-core Ivy Bridge will be a better switching point for the CPU but I was hoping they'd be able to ditch the plastic at this revision - even if they made a very thin non-tapered metal model.
128GB can serve some users fine.
One the other hand remember that some people actually prefer the plastic models to the metal ones. The rush away from plastics isn't all that wise in my mind.
Good news about the Mini but it's been drawn out way longer than it needed to be as usual. It's interesting that there's a 3rd model - possibly the dual-core i7 that's in the MBP. Still, crappy graphics chips all round so I'll probably give it a miss.
It will be very interesting to learn what they will in the end put in the Mini. I still think AMD has a shot at this platform. The reason is pretty simple, much better GPU performance which a lot of Mini users can really make use of.
If they offered Thunderbolt GPUs, I'd be on it right away but I'm not prepared to go back to Intel IGPs that don't have compute capability. I mean really, they launch Final Cut Pro X for consumers with OpenCL support and ship all their consumer machines with GPUs that don't support OpenCL...
Well I'm still of the opinion that TB based GPUs are bit of a joke. In Apples case it would be far cheaper for them to build a mini with a high performance GPU.
I reckon the server Mini will stay at $999 and the entry one at $699. The MBP difference between the i5 and i7 is $300 but I'd say they'll price the middle one at $899 so as not to be identical to the server model.
Actually the server model shouldn't be much more expensive than the entry level. All they do is delete the optical for another secondary storage disk.
I could see Apple going to $599 on the base model
2 x 500GB HDD
All with dual Thunderbolt.
Dual would be very nice indeed. Especially if they can configure the links in such a way as to sustain the bandwidth.
It would be nice to get a surprise for a change though. The quad i7 MBPs were a nice surprise but the 13" ones were a bit underwhelming.
Agreed!!!! The 13" MBP really deserves a better GPU.