Originally Posted by jragosta
Oh, good. We get to hear wizard's endless Apple-hating complaints.
Really? Why is a Thunderbolt-Ethernet adapter not viable?
This has been explained so many times by so many people that I will just let you review the various postings over the last few days.
TB is daisy-chainable. Besides, how many devices do you expect to attach routinely to your laptop, anyway?
A disk array and a monitor/hub. And no you can't do that over one link without suffering performance hits.
There's something called a hub. Maybe you should ask someone to explain it to you.
Very few people need all that many USB devices in use at the same time.
Hubs don't always work well and sometimes not at all. Besides who wants to carry a hub around when it costs Apple nothing to implement a port? Each chipset that Apple uses ends up with unused ports which is a waste.
Beyond that I think you must be one of the few that don't come up short of USB ports from time to time. It is a fairly common complaint with laptops in general.
Higher resolution is usually good - although there is a penalty in battery life.
So you are complaining about better screens?
And I supposed you get to define that, right?
The onboard CPU in IB is important. Most people will find that they're using the discrete CPU only a very small percentage of the time.
With higher resolution screens we could see a regression in performance if IB does not get a bit of help.
How often is 7 hours not enough for you?
You did see the comment about higher resolution screens did you not? Besides that 7 hours is for optimal usage and does not hold up for more demanding usage.
In a laptop? Three SSD modules plus a magnetic drive? That's ridiculous. The number of people who would need that is infinitesimal.
Actually just about everybody I know could use that arrangement. The magnetic drive for bulk storage and the SSD's for fast OS and app access. The whole idea with the 3 bays of SSD is to allow for easy and low cost adjustment to the amount of fast storage you do have. Frankly this is no different than having RAM slots that are sometimes not populated.
And that way you can complain about the price......
You're suggesting 3 SSDs plus a magnetic drive. If you have a large magnetic drive, why in the world is 512 GB necessary for the SSD? All you really need is enough to store the OS and apps. In fact, if they were to go with a separate magnetic drive and SSD configuration, that argues for a SMALLER SSD, not a larger one. 64 (or maybe 128) GB would be plenty if you have a 750 GB magnetic drive.
Because I have a laptop and I know what my current requirements are! Seriously 256GB is pretty puny these days even if you have a bulk storage drive. 512GB just covers you for the life of the machine.
So you have another reason to complain about the price.
So what do you care, you will buy bargain basement AIRs and then complain about one capability or another.
I don't believe Apple has ever offered cell phone connections internal in their laptops (although there was one prototype on eBay). I don't see any reason to expect that to change. It's easy enough to use a USB dongle for wireless (plus you don't have to stock different MBPs for each different carrier).
You did read the part about this being an expansion capability right? The goal would be a design that lets you plug in the LTE module of your choice when and if you need it. Now being Apple this would likely require a trip to the store but in the end it is the same thing an option that gives you LTE connectivity.
By the way I really do wish that we could rely upon WiFi but I find that it is not that wide spread where I'm at most of the time. LTE is just an option for the future.