Originally posted by 1984
Form over function I guess. I doesn't look like Apple designed the MacBook very well. It's more about aesthetics rather than performance. That's the wrong way to be doing things.
Form IS important for laptops, portability is the whole point. Consumers WANT them to be as small, light, and thin as possible.
If performance was really more important than form, we'd have laptops with quad G5's...that would be as big and heavy as quad G5's.
Originally posted by troberts
If Apple did come out with an 11" MacBook "nano" expansion slot space will be tight. Would you be willing to give up the optical drive to make room for more expansion slots, or would you keep the drive, but have minimal expansion slots? Something this small would have ethernet, 1 USB 2.0, audio out, and a PCI Express slot.
Neither. Apple could just make a reasonably fast machine without an optical drive or slots. Any expansion can come from usb2 and firewire 400 (hopefully a couple of each). And gigabit ethernet. There's a market for an absolutely tiny mac laptop. For optical needs, Apple could come with a cool streamlined solution for installing software (and even booting) from drives mounted on a networked computer. After all, people in the market for an ultralight are going to use it for a second computer. MP3's and even DVD rips will get loaded up from the desktop machine via ethernet or even FW.
Originally posted by melgross
We have people complaining that Apple left the modem out! That's small enough to put into your pocket, and they're complaining that they don't have enough room in the case for it.
What are you going to tell them about the optical drive?
That the Nano isn't the model for them. Some people want smallest and lighest, for other people, just get a 13 or 15.