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MacBook Air refresh delivers most affordable mass-market notebooks in Apple history

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While Apple's MacBook Air update was issued on Tuesday with little fanfare, the refreshed machines represent something of a milestone for the company, which is now offering a mass-market $899 notebook for the first time ever. AppleInsider offers a brief history of Mac notebook pricing, from the very first Macintosh Portable until today.




In a change perhaps more significant than their improved processors, Apple's latest MacBook Airs come with a price cut from their predecessors, with the entry-level 11-inch model starting at $899, while the 13-inch variety is now just under $1,000. The $899 model in particular represents the lowest-ever original U.S. price for a newly released Mac notebook.

The closest available comparison would be Apple's 2011 discontinuation of the white polycarbonate MacBook, which at the time was replaced by the $999 11-inch MacBook Air. Apple continued to sell the polycarbonate model for $899, but only for education institutions, and not traditional buyers.


Macintosh Portable, via Wikipedia.


Beyond that, Apple's notebooks have a long history of being priced well above $1,000. Apple's first-ever stab at a battery-powered portable computer was the short-lived Macintosh Portable, which boasted an active matrix panel and a hefty $6,500 starting price when it launched in 1989.

Apple found more success in the portable realm with its PowerBook lineup. The very first PowerBook 100 debuted back in 1991 with a starting price of $2500, and the PowerBook lineup continued until 2006, when it was replaced by the Intel-based MacBook lineup.

Over the long history of the PowerBook, its cheapest model, according to EveryMac, was the 145b from 1993, which had an entry-level model available for $1,150. The closest the PowerBook lineup would ever get to that price again came in 2005, when the PowerBook G4 1.5 12-inch had a base model of $1,499.


Macintosh PowerBook 140, via Wikipedia.


It should be noted that during Apple's darkest days, the company dabbled in the low-end of the portable computing market with an education-focused, keyboard equipped device dubbed the eMate 300. Though it was priced starting at $799, this device was not a Mac -- it ran the same Newton operating system found on the company's similarly ill-fated personal digital assistant, and featured a tiny 6.8-inch black-and-white display.

Although it didn't run the Mac OS, the eMate 300 is a somewhat noteworthy milestone in Mac history, as the machine's design would go on to influence the look of the first-generation iBook. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs unceremoniously killed off both the eMate and Newton after he returned to the company in 1997.


Clamshell iBook G3, via Wikipedia.


Apple's Mac lineup first officially flirted with the sub-$1,000 threshold with the more aggressively priced iBook lineup, which debuted in 1999 targeting education and consumer markets. The iBook G3/700, released in late 2002, has the distinction of being the first $999 Apple notebook, while other models, including the 2005 12-inch iBook G4, would hit the same price point.

The successor to both the PowerBook and iBook, the MacBook, wouldn't again crack the sub-$1,000 price level until 2009, with the launch of the Intel Core 2 Duo model. The white polycarbonate MacBook held the $999 price point alone until late 2010, when a new 11-inch MacBook Air began to share the same spot on the company's lineup.

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Apple's 2009 polycarbonate unibody MacBook.


That move signaled the last days for the polycarbonate MacBook, and since its discontinuation in 2011, Apple's notebook lineup has been comprised solely of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Until Tuesday, the 11-inch MacBook Air had remained at the $999 price point, just barely staying under $1,000.

The MacBook Pro lineup, however, has never been priced so aggressively. The very first MacBook Pro was a 15-inch model that debuted in early 2006 and hit a low-end price point of $1,999 in May of that year.

The nadir of MacBook Pro pricing was first reached in 2009, when a Core 2 Duo equipped model was released for $1,199. Various MacBook Pro models have reached that same price point over the years, but never gone below it for the suggested retail price.

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Apple's 13" non-Retina MacBook Pro.


Currently, Apple occupies the $1,199 price point with its legacy 13-inch MacBook Pro, which lacks a Retina display and continues to feature an integrated disc drive and 5400-rpm spinning hard drive. The thinner MacBook Pro with Retina display, sporting faster and more reliable flash memory, has a starting price of $1,299.

Which brings us to the new MacBook Air models, two of which are available for under $1,000. The 11-inch $899 model, Apple's most affordable notebook ever, features a 1.4-gigahertz Intel Core i5 CPU with integrated HD Graphics 5000, 4 gigabytes of memory, and 128 gigabytes of PCIe-based flash storage. Users can double the internal storage for an additional $200.




And the $999 13-inch MacBook Air features the same specifications as the 11-inch model, but obviously boasts more screen real estate. It too is offered with 256 gigabytes of flash memory for a $200 premium.

A full list of current MacBook pricing from Apple, as well as discounted offers from authorized third-party resellers, is available in the AppleInsider Mac Price Guide, which is also embedded below:
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I wish Apple still did sell the white poly-carbonate MacBook. It was beautiful in a way that the black and grey aluminum MacBooks aren't.

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These are nice, and good prices. Too bad 4 GB of RAM isn't good enough for anyone anymore, or they would be REALLY good prices.
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4GB Ram isn't good enough for anyone?

 

Maybe with Mavericks, but before I ran 2 VM's simultaneously on my 2011 13" macbook air w/ 4GB of RAM without a hitch. Mavericks has killed it though. Still run one but the fan sounds like a hurricane. Using it as we speak and waiting for the Retina Refresh, hopefully without fan. 

 

I feel that this doesn't even apply to 90% of Mac users. Short of VM's, I've never had issues on a Mac with RAM, at least with 4GB. 

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4 gig of RAM is plenty for most users.  Granted I would never buy a machine with less than 16 gig...but I am not most users.

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An 11" screen is so last century.

Where's a 17" model?

Some of us like a laptop with a bigger screen and it isn't like we can just go buy one from another manufacturer if we want to run OSX.
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4 gig of RAM is plenty for most users.  Granted I would never buy a machine with less than 16 gig...but I am not most users.

 

I doubt that. While many can "get by" with it, I doubt it is really plenty. I am not the average user either, and likewise can't deal with anything less than 16 GB....but even for light computer usage, I find the Mac very sluggish with 4 GB of RAM.

 

The average user is going to use more than just 1 app at a time....and If you've ever noticed how much RAM Safari and iTunes will use alone, 4 GB is not a lot anymore.

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4 gig of RAM is plenty for most users.  Granted I would never buy a machine with less than 16 gig...but I am not most users.


swap it out. RAM is cheap now days

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I have a MBPr with 4GB and it is plenty fast. Granted, I would like more, but 4 is likely plenty fast for most people. Most people on AI? No. Most people in the population? Yes. The fact that there is no lag in accessing data is the biggest key. The SSD helps that.
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swap it out. RAM is cheap now days

 

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An 11" screen is so last century.

Where's a 17" model?

Some of us like a laptop with a bigger screen and it isn't like we can just go buy one from another manufacturer if we want to run OSX.

"Some of us" clearly wasn't enough to keep the 17" on the market. I'm sure there are "some of us" that a 19" or 21" MBP but I would guess those "somes of us's" are even fewer in numbers.

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I doubt that. While many can "get by" with it, I doubt it is really plenty. I am not the average user either, and likewise can't deal with anything less than 16 GB....but even for light computer usage, I find the Mac very sluggish with 4 GB of RAM.

The average user is going to use more than just 1 app at a time....and If you've ever noticed how much RAM Safari and iTunes will use alone, 4 GB is not a lot anymore.

It is plenty. You need to consider what most users do with a "PC", especially those that want a 11" notebook. For me, 11" is more of a deal breaker than 4GiB RAM but I will max out my RAM given the opportunity.

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I wish Apple still did sell the white poly-carbonate MacBook. It was beautiful in a way that the black and grey aluminum MacBooks aren't.

I've got a white iBook G4 sitting here next to me in perfect condition, make me an offer 1wink.gif
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I doubt that. While many can "get by" with it, I doubt it is really plenty. I am not the average user either, and likewise can't deal with anything less than 16 GB....but even for light computer usage, I find the Mac very sluggish with 4 GB of RAM.

 

The average user is going to use more than just 1 app at a time....and If you've ever noticed how much RAM Safari and iTunes will use alone, 4 GB is not a lot anymore.

I disagree. I think 4gb is fine for most users. My daughter has an 11" mba with 4gb ram and whenever I borrow it never crosses my mind that it is sluggish. She uses mail, Safari and sometimes Word or Powerpoint, and iTunes, mostly and rarely quits any of them. I think she is a much more typical user than anybody here. Most users don't use powerful graphics or media software on a regular basis.

 

Somebody with better technical understanding of OSX may be able to answer this but with better memory management isn't 4gb in OSX much more capable than a few years ago? I seem to remember this was a key feature covered at a fairly recent OSX roll-out.

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I have a MBPr with 4GB and it is plenty fast. Granted, I would like more, but 4 is likely plenty fast for most people. Most people on AI? No. Most people in the population? Yes. The fact that there is no lag in accessing data is the biggest key. The SSD helps that.

I can vouch for the fact that that the SSD is the most effective upgrade (assuming 'enough' RAM to start with which IMHO is 8 GIGs for Mavericks but then I use CS6 and FCPro X so for office work 4 GIGs may well suffice). I had two 8 GIG MBPros and in one I added an SSD in the other 16 GIGs if RAM and did a ton of comparison tests. The SSD equipped MBPro trounced the other every time. The difference was astronomical.
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I doubt that. While many can "get by" with it, I doubt it is really plenty. I am not the average user either, and likewise can't deal with anything less than 16 GB....but even for light computer usage, I find the Mac very sluggish with 4 GB of RAM.

The average user is going to use more than just 1 app at a time....and If you've ever noticed how much RAM Safari and iTunes will use alone, 4 GB is not a lot anymore.

To be fair, now with the new nap mode and other efficiencies, Mavericks is pretty darn good at using lower RAM. That said it depends on your needs and obviously for the likes of Photoshop and other graphics and video related work more is always better not to mention a new Mac Pro.
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I can vouch for the fact that that the SSD is the most effective upgrade (assuming 'enough' RAM to start with which IMHO is 8 GIGs for Mavericks but then I use CS6 and FCPro X so for office work 4 GIGs may well suffice). I had two 8 GIG MBPros and in one I added an SSD in the other 16 GIGs if RAM and did a ton of comparison tests. The SSD equipped MBPro trounced the other every time. The difference was astronomical.

This is my experience, too. My primary office computer is a 2008 mb with 8gb RAM and 256 gb SSD. I upgraded to ssd more out of interest to see if I could extend the life of the computer and really, I see no reason to change it now. The SSD upgrade was amazing and it is even fine for basic PS6 work (24" screen attached). For heavier lifting I use my new iMac at home. The iMac is an amazing machine and very powerful but even with the old 2008 mb I never find my self twiddling my thumbs or even thinking about its lack of power. Pretty amazing when you think about it.

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So as usual, Australians get screwed. It's the same A$1099 as the outgoing model. No price cuts here.
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I can vouch for the fact that that the SSD is the most effective upgrade (assuming 'enough' RAM to start with which IMHO is 8 GIGs for Mavericks but then I use CS6 and FCPro X so for office work 4 GIGs may well suffice). I had two 8 GIG MBPros and in one I added an SSD in the other 16 GIGs if RAM and did a ton of comparison tests. The SSD equipped MBPro trounced the other every time. The difference was astronomical.

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This is my experience, too. My primary office computer is a 2008 mb with 8gb RAM and 256 gb SSD. I upgraded to ssd more out of interest to see if I could extend the life of the computer and really, I see no reason to change it now. The SSD upgrade was amazing and it is even fine for basic PS6 work (24" screen attached). For heavier lifting I use my new iMac at home. The iMac is an amazing machine and very powerful but even with the old 2008 mb I never find my self twiddling my thumbs or even thinking about its lack of power. Pretty amazing when you think about it.

My primary machine is a 2008 iMac. Just picked up the MBPr. This will be our primary daily use machine, while the iMac remains as our iTunes server, iPhoto/Apeture machine. Will replace this one in a couple years with a new iMac. Thinking that swapping out to an SSD might extend the life even more.
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Seeing the clamshell iBook pic makes me miss the translucent candy-colored Macs.

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In all my life I have never used a computer as wonderful as my 2012 MacBook Air and I WILL be buying another in the future. I would recommend it to any casual user who is looking for something that just works and does anything you ask it to without having to think about how to make it do that. After years of suffering through Windows machines and countless yelling sessions and endless frustration, my Mac is like a beacon shining brightly in the murk and shadows that is the squalor of the general PC world. I would pay $900 bucks for that a million times over!
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In all my life I have never used a computer as wonderful as my 2012 MacBook Air and I WILL be buying another in the future.

Then you're in for a treat once it gets both Retina and an IPS panel.

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Then you're in for a treat once it gets both Retina and an IPS panel.
Yep, just waiting for it to happen.
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I disagree. I think 4gb is fine for most users. My daughter has an 11" mba with 4gb ram and whenever I borrow it never crosses my mind that it is sluggish. She uses mail, Safari and sometimes Word or Powerpoint, and iTunes, mostly and rarely quits any of them. I think she is a much more typical user than anybody here. Most users don't use powerful graphics or media software on a regular basis.

 

Somebody with better technical understanding of OSX may be able to answer this but with better memory management isn't 4gb in OSX much more capable than a few years ago? I seem to remember this was a key feature covered at a fairly recent OSX roll-out.

Word, Safari/Flash seem to eat the most memory, but I think the trade off is the SSD, and mavericks better memory management, especially at the boundary conditions.   I'm running 8gb on my 2010 mini, and before mavericks I was running icleanmemory at least a couple times an hour.   Now, it's a lot better even with the stock drive.  my wives 4gb 2013MBA just cruises now,  compared to her 2009Macbook at 6gb and a std disk.

 

Compression also lowers the need to drive data to swap drive space... which a) on HD systems is slow, and b) on SSD systems is a lot of writing that if avoided, can extend the life of the drive.

 

Today I upgrade the mini to a 480GB SSD (at $219 the price was right, and I'm on the edge with my 320gb drive... too many iPhone created movies of my puppy).  I'll tell you if it makes even more difference.

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Then you're in for a treat once it gets both Retina and an IPS panel.

I'm holding all my money in reserve (living on an iPad2 as my portable computer now) for that to happen.  

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I've been waiting for a 15" MacBook Air since 2011. I guess Apple wants me to buy a MBP instead. Since I put an SSD into my 2011 MBP Core i7 and made a Fusion drive, I've been pretty damn happy with it, and that's with the stock 4GB RAM.
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I am really hoping the next generation 12 inch macbook air with Broadwell that is rumored to be replacing the current model is evidence that we will see 14 and 16 inch macbook pros. High def screens need more real estate. A 16 inch macbook pro would be stunning. The 14 inch would be much more compelling than the 13 inch. The next mobile GPU from nvidia will also bring much better performance per watt. At least if the 28 nm 750 ti on the desktop is any indicator then the 20 nm version will really bring improvements. These 16 form factors might allow for a 12 hour charging cycle.
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I've been waiting for a 15" MacBook Air since 2011. I guess Apple wants me to buy a MBP instead. Since I put an SSD into my 2011 MBP Core i7 and made a Fusion drive, I've been pretty damn happy with it, and that's with the stock 4GB RAM.

OptiBay in the ODD space? And did you put the SSD in the ODD space or in the 2.5" drive space?

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I wish Apple still did sell the white poly-carbonate MacBook. It was beautiful in a way that the black and grey aluminum MacBooks aren't.

 

I never liked the white Apple devices. Too kitchen appliance looking in my opinion, and also too feminine looking, but that's a matter of preference I guess.

 

I want Apple to bring back an all black laptop. I don't use mine anymore now, but I used to love my black Macbook.

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swap it out. RAM is cheap now days

 

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Uh…

 

Can you add aftermarket memory to an Air? I dunno, but I see that going to 8 GB is only $100 more, which is kinda unlike Apple. Can't configure more than 8 GB tho.

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Yeah, that's the problem with ALL of Apple's current lineup.  If you don't max the RAM when you order it, you're stuck.  I won't let my clients order a new machine without maxing the RAM.  (No, the 12" MBP isn't current lineup, it's an old model they're still building, and it's only a dual core.  If they were still making the 2012 15", I'd be recommending it for everyone who isn't addicted to thin, though.)

 

Bad Apple, bad.

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I don't know about 'needing' 16GB RAM, this seems like madness to me to be honest... I design, animate and produce videos on an 11" MacBook air with 4GB RAM!!! :) Not for everyone I must admit but my machine still zips through multiple apps perfectly fine whilst cutting, rendering, using Adobe CC and more. I never have fewer than 6 apps open at a time and it never feels sluggish!

 

I've used all kinds of Macs across the years with varying low and high end configurations and the MacBook air is the perfect combination of optimised software and hardware (the flash storage seems to be one of the most important components lately).

 

Until last year I was using a 27" iMac with Fusion Drive and 32GB RAM for my work but as I travelled more to and from shoots I picked up the MBA as a road machine. Fast forward to now... I no longer have the iMac and I don't feel like I 'need' it. The single task that is next to useless on the MBA is colour grading due to the built-in graphics but again.. nothing to do with memory!

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swap it out. RAM is cheap now days

Are you that good with a soldering iron?  The memory is soldered to the board and you can only get 8GB max with a build-to-order model.

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The lowest price was in the 90s when Apple sent all the leftover PowerBook 100 stock to Price Club/Costco to blow them out for $799, which included the floppy drive.  They did not last long at that price.  But most people here are not old enough to know that.  The 140 and 170 models were more popular since the floppy drive was built-in on those models.  So Apple had to unload the 100 stock and chose Price Club/Costco to do it.

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If these lower prices help a few more people break the shackles of the Windows dependency then all is good. I do agree with posters who recommend maxing out RAM and file storage whenever there is no opportunity to upgrade in the future. I've done that all along but I still have machines that were maxxed out at 4GB at the time I bought them. With that said I'm not suffering in any way because of it. My 2008 iMac still runs like a champ with Mavericks. I've never had a PC that felt as good to use after 6 years of service. Heck, no matter how much I've ever spent on getting the latest and greatest Wintel PC it's never failed to feel sluggish after 6 months once it's loaded up with antivirus, antispam, firewall, months worth of Windows Updates and other cruft that makes you want to pull your hair out. Trust me, I know that Macs and OSX are by no stretch of the imagination perfect or obsolesence proof but I will say without hesitation that Macs do not decay in performance to the extent that PCs do. I admire and appreciate the versatility and portability of the Windows operating system, but its ability to run on any hardware and run any software no matter the source or quality makes it have to work harder to keep from collapsing in on itself. Apple has both the luxury and burden of having a smaller and more constrained platform but if they say something will run decently on a certain version of OSX (or iOS) and hardware you can rest assured that it will. This is why certain versions of new OS and apps don't reach back as far as we sometimes wish they would, e.g., why not allow iOS7 on an iPad1? Apple doesn't want to subject their customers to a crappy user experience. On the Windows PC side the "minimum system requirements" are almost always laughable for people who value their time and sanity.

I'd love to have a fully loaded MBA 11" if for no other reason than it is probably the only full functionality Mac laptop that you can use confortably on an airline tray table, in the cheap seats of course. Even the 13" version is too big for econotorture seating.

Finally, there's no shortage of computer products to spend your money on. If the MBA doesn't fit your needs then select a model that does or go with a different brand. I hate to disappoint you but Apple actually does have a plan and does have a pretty good job of recognizing what its customers want today and even what customers will want in the future, even before their customers have told them. We'd still be using slider and flip phones if all Apple did was listen to current customers. If all they did was react to niche market concerns they'd have gone the way of the Dodo and DEC and Compaq and so many other "powerhouse" companies that only reacted to customer demand or a small segment, like the DEC Rainbow customer base.
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4GB RAM and 128GB disk storage is pretty weak if you were planning to use a MacBook Air as a primary machine.  Apple doesn't even offer flash drives larger than 512GB in the Air.  The base model units do not allow any drive upgrade options either, so your price quickly jumps if you want to add a larger drive.

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"An 11" screen is so last century.
Where's a 17" model?
Some of us like a laptop with a bigger screen and it isn't like we can just go buy one from another manufacturer if we want to run OSX."

Check screen resolutions not just the diagonal measurements.
The 15-inch MacBook is more than adequate and does a great job as a replacement to a 17-inch MacBook. My son and architect has the last model 17-inch but even a MacBook at 17-inch is huge and is not something you just pick up and take with you.

11-inch is not last century, again check the displays and resolution at which they operate. compare with an FULL SIZE iPad with its 9.7 inch screen, 11-inch is huge and a great portable size.

different opinions - that's what makes horse races.
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These are nice, and good prices. Too bad 4 GB of RAM isn't good enough for anyone anymore, or they would be REALLY good prices.

Hahaha....I read that statement on my 1GB MBP circa 2005 which I use as much as my much newer 27" iMac. Life still exists in the sub-4GB world.
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The article passed over the Apple Duos like they never existed. There was a sweet portable computer if there ever was one, though they did have stinky keyboards and limited battery life... well, maybe they weren't so sweet... but they sure were small and lightweight for their time.
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Hahaha....I read that statement on my 1GB MBP circa 2005 which I use as much as my much newer 27" iMac. Life still exists in the sub-4GB world.

Do you mean a powerbook or a 2006 model? I think the first generation was just called a macbook, but I know they debuted in 2006. I'll assume it's running Tiger or Leopard, and it is important to note that the OS grabs much less ram on those for basic tasks. Much of the problem is when memory space isn't released. You may have memory marked inactive yet still see pageouts increase.

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Interesting article, but it would have been nice if the author adjusted the prices for inflation. According to Dollar Times' inflation calculator <http://www.dollartimes.com/calculators/inflation.htm> the $6500 Apple charged for the Mac Portable in 1989 would be over $12,500 in 2014 dollars!

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