Originally Posted by SDW2001
I'm going to violently change the direction here, so my apologies in advance.
I've noticed over the years that there is a great deal of enthusiasm here for a sub-notebook. Back in the day (as they say) there was a thread called Powerbook 2400 Dreams or what not. I've never really particpated in the topic, and haven't on this thread until now.
So here it is: I really don't understand the enthusiasm for such a product. I'm sure Apple has done their research and I'm not claiming it will fail, is not a good idea, etc. I just don't see it.
One of the prime arguments has been portability. That makes little sense to me as the Macbook is very portable and relatively light. I can see a pro model perhaps at that size. My ex had two ibooks...a G3 and a G4, and I just can't imagine the need for something even smaller and lighter.
Who this notebook is targeted at is an issue for me too. It can't possibly be powerful enough for a college student, as such a user is likely to want some half decent graphics capability, music and video storage, etc.
The only thing I can come up with is business users. Having a super light mobile work station might make sense for travelers. I know the article speculated on Japan, but it would seem odd for Apple to target one country with a major product like that.
Could someone elighten me on this further? What are the other markets? My apologies for not reading through the entire thread first.
I can't speak for the rest of the world, but I know exactly why I want one.
Imagine an ultra small ultra thin Notebook you can whip out ANYWHERE. It doesn't even have to be your Main computer, but a companion computer. Since it would have the basics of the Current Macbook family, Bluetooth EDR, WiFi, there would still be that no wires feeling, and more importantly, WiMax, so I might be able to connect to a decent Wireless service on the go without worrying about losing my connection. In fact, if I were to move from one WiMax network to the next, I believe one of the fundamental things about WiMax is that a change in networks on the go is Invisible, though I'm pulling a rather vague memory from something I read in CPU so I may not be entirely correct in that. But again, I expect by the next round of revisions, all Macbooks and Macbook Pros will have WiMax, while I don't believe Santa Rosa will make an appearence exactly as people think, they'll probably end up following the Santa Rosa Pardigm anyways, or most of it, and the single most important feature I can see on that is WiMax.
Currently ISPs are thinking about using it for the "Last Mile" for connecting people, and if this was city wide, then I would have an Ultra Portable Notebook, smaller and much easier to carry around then my Macbook that would have the power of Mac OS X.
The best part would be if it had no moving parts, HDDs are slow, and Optical Drives are near useless, and these are 2 of the most fragile things in any given Laptop. But with no HDD, the Battery life would also be saved. Sure it would have less storage, but I'd probably end up using it as a companion for another Mac, or as an extension of my network.
Now we're probably going to be going a bit into the psychological side of things. I simply hate being slowed down by ANYTHING! Whether it's slightly longer startup and load times, slightly slower connection speeds, or this damn wire I have to attach to my computer. A Dock connector and Optional Magsafe in my opinon would be a much better solution then having to unravel a wire and plugging it into a wall. Also there's the clumsiness of putting my Macbook in my Bag, taking it out, etc. And speaking of not being slowed down, I hate having to carry around anything more then I want. If I go somewhere with my Mac and spend more then 3 hours out, I have to carry my Magsafe with me. With longer battery times, I wouldn't have to constantly charge it.
Then there is the very idea of wires. Spending anymore time messing around with Wires then simply creating a network or adding something to a network is completely unnecessary. In a couple of weeks I was thinking of buying a USB hub and plugging all of my USB devices into that, then whenever I need to sync anyone of those Devices I could just plug one wire in and be done with it.
So an Ultraportable would do this for me:
It wouldn't slow me down by being too large
It wouldn't slow me down by being too heavy
It wouldn't slow me down by having to be carried in a Bag (with the sizes I'm talking about, I'd never consider it)
It wouldn't slow me down with an extra unneeded Wire (speaking of which, I was thinking of looking into Wireless Electricity, but I think even that requires an attachment)
It wouldn't slow me down looking for a WiFi network (because WiMax would serve this purpose better once it's widely deployed)
It wouldn't slow me down during Startup because it would be Flash based
It woudln't slow me down by needing to be charged every 3-4 hours or so
It wouldn't slow me down with this insane Multi Touch Panel that I can barely type on
It wouldn't slow me down by having more buttons then what is actually needed
It wouldn't slow me down by having Fragile and Unneeded Parts
The iPhone is already a Gift from Zeus and Odin, allowing me to be connected to my 2 main forms of Communication 100% of the time (Cell Phone and Email) and I won't have to fuss with Multiple Devices because it will also be my first iPod (unless I do end up opting for a Shuffle sometime soon... still not sure)