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post #81 of 187
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These are the magic words. The MBA is for them and no one else. Well, probably a few more, but that's all.

This notebook has its uses and Apple certainly conducted the necessary market research before even starting the project. Time will tell how well it will do. Until then it is to anyone's speculation to tell. Personally I have zero interest in the MBA, but this does not prevents me to see that some professionals may do.

I think I can guess the origins of this computer. Steve does nothing but go to meetings all day. He probably got ticked off at all the big laptops covering the desks during meetings and set this in motion.

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post #82 of 187
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I expect the next gen aluminum/Penryn MacBook will drop the superdrive.

I think it will eventually, but the MacBook is a general purpose consumer notebook that, I suspect, is their only computer. Perhaps in a couple years it will be external but optical media is still very current for many people. Also, the Air needs some time in the spotlight. TAking the optical drive out of the MacBook would confuse a lot of buyers.
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post #83 of 187
The thought occurs to me that this machine is not that much LESS powerful than the PowerMac G5 dual processor 2.0ghz machine I'm using right this moment.

For what I actually use it for - Web programming, light Photoshop, email, web browsing, etc, I doubt that I'd notice much difference in performance. This ancient machine is plenty fast for everything I ask it to do.

The biggest problem with the Air is the lack of disk space, not the lack of CPU ability. (I certainly could not even dream of buying the SSD option - not due to the price but due to the pathetic 64gb disk!) But it wouldn't be too difficult to shift your old projects to an external drive or TIme Capsule and use this machine.

Of course I really want the big 17" monitor on the big MacBook Pro, so I am sure that's what I'll buy. But I don't understand why people denegrate this machine when it has some very expensive engineering behind it that dramatically increases the cost.

For independent types like artists and writers, who like to go to their local park or coffee shop to work, I can see the combination of a full sized keyboard and display with lighter weight as an enormous boon, not to be ignored. I think if that was my position this would be a darn near irresistible machine.

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post #84 of 187
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Of course I really want the big 17" monitor on the big MacBook Pro, so I am sure that's what I'll buy. But I don't understand why people denegrate this machine when it has some very expensive engineering behind it that dramatically increases the cost.

Mmm...at my desk, office or home the 17" doesn't matter. I used a dedicated monitor anyway. On my shoulder its moderately annoying day to day and a real pain in the neck after a long flight with layovers. if I've been schlepping it around and running in between gates.

Only in the hotel room do I even use the real estate of the 17" and even there its annoying because the laptop does NOT fit inside the room safe. Which means I sometimes lug it around anyway when I might not have otherwise.

15" MBP is my advice.
post #85 of 187
- why wasn't 160gb HDD offered!? or maybe at least a 5400rpm 80g?

- expendable SSD slot would be cool.

- remote disc only installs programs? come on. let me play DVD movies wirelessly, even in a worse quality. (a great 3rd party program, anyone?)

-there should've been another usb port on the external DVD drive.
post #86 of 187
oh.. did anyone mention why AAPL has dropped to 160??
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IT'S NOT AN ULTRA-PORTABLE.
IT'S AN ULTRA-LIGHT "REGULAR" PORTABLE.






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post #88 of 187
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Originally Posted by BMWintoxication View Post

oh.. did anyone mention why AAPL has dropped to 160??

Their stock always drops right after a keynote.

 

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post #89 of 187
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Originally Posted by Bergermeister View Post

Their stock always drops right after a keynote.


Not last year's, I think.

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post #90 of 187
They need to do a version in anodized black. Just think how sexy that would be. Black is sliming...
post #91 of 187
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Originally Posted by TBaggins View Post

Not last year's, I think.

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I don't follow the markets at all, but the curve on this graph shows things going down until March, when they start going up again.

http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?s=AAPL&t=1y

This one shows a very brief spike, followed by an abrupt drop.
http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?s=AAPL...=on&z=m&q=l&c=

Can't pinpoint dates.

 

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post #92 of 187
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Originally Posted by BMWintoxication View Post

oh.. did anyone mention why AAPL has dropped to 160??

The broader markets have been down for months, and apple along with them. Most people think we're in for a recession in the next few months.

And apple shares usually drop right after announcements because the expectations get unrealistically high beforehand. People expect apple to announce that they've cured cancer, and when they don't meet the impossible expectations, people sell off a bit.

I think right now is a fantastic buying opportunity - when it's back at 200 before long people will be kicking themselves for not getting in.
post #93 of 187
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Originally Posted by Booga View Post

I think that's "speaker". Singular. Mono sound is listed on the spec sheet. This isn't a portable Final Cut Pro device.

I think one is the mic and the other is the speaker.

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Also, none of the hotels I've stayed at recently have upgraded to wireless. They're all still on Ethernet. So effectively the price of this thing for most people should be assumed to be higher by the price of the Ethernet adapter.

I broke down and started carrying a Airport Express when I travel for work - I just hated being tethered to the ethernet port. At least my workmates could benefit in other rooms.

Express really needs an update to N by the way.
post #94 of 187
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Originally Posted by BMWintoxication View Post

- why wasn't 160gb HDD offered!?

The 160GB drive is two platters the 80GB drive is one. Id est, it's too thick.

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or maybe at least a 5400rpm 80g?

I don't think they make 1.8" 5400RPM drives.

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- expendable SSD slot would be cool.

I'm not sure what that would do. people are complainign about 64 and 80GB, what would a small SSD card really accomplish?

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- remote disc only installs programs? come on. let me play DVD movies wirelessly

No, it shares the optical drive using Bonjour. And for Windows, shows it hoe to read HFS+ formatted discs. I don't see any reason why you won't be able to play DVDs via Remote Disc.

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-there should've been another usb port on the external DVD drive.

Now that is a good idea. Or maybe an Ethernet jack, too. It would sure make the DVD drive sales better.
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post #95 of 187
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I think it will eventually, but the MacBook is a general purpose consumer notebook that, I suspect, is their only computer. Perhaps in a couple years it will be external but optical media is still very current for many people. Also, the Air needs some time in the spotlight. TAking the optical drive out of the MacBook would confuse a lot of buyers.

Problem is that if you take the optical drive out of a macbook and then use a new metal case and use LED screens it drops to like 4lbs and would have a length and width that is smaller than the MBA.

A new MB with a metal case and no optical drive would have dimensions about:
-Height: .75 inches
-Width: 12.4 inches
-Depth: 8.7 inches

As the LED uses less power, you could drop the battery a bit. Then use an SSD. It goes to like 3.5lbs. So 0.5 heavier and less thin, but less width and length and a ton of ports, two good speakers...

Wouldn't it be kind of embarrassing for MBA owners to realize that Apple could have gotten a smaller form and a close weight approximation had they given up thinness?
post #96 of 187
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Originally Posted by NYCMacFan View Post

Look at the wasted space to the left/right of MBA the keyboard.

How do you know that it's wasted space?
post #97 of 187
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Originally Posted by vinea View Post

Only in the hotel room do I even use the real estate of the 17" and even there its annoying because the laptop does NOT fit inside the room safe.

Fantastic point.

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15" MBP is my advice.

Not that fantastic.
post #98 of 187
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Originally Posted by Bergermeister View Post

Their stock always drops right after a keynote.

It doesn't help that all the markets went down that day either. For example, Dow Jones is down 600 points since Tuesday.
post #99 of 187
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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

How do you know that it's wasted space?

Easy.
1. Tapering of case shows little is in there.
2. The look at the inside in Steve job's presentation.
3. The fact that the EXISTING macbook is already has slightly less width and length.
4. Oh and that they fit a full computer into the old 12inch powerbook in less of a footprint.
post #100 of 187
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The speaker is mono only (not stereo), so your audio output will suffer a bit. The audio comes out of the keyboard holes in the right side, and it sounds a little funny.

Does this mean that I spend $2,000 on a laptop that supposedly didn't compromise and I can't watch a video on itunes in my hotel room without using headphones? The sound had better work on this.

4 years ago = You could buy a 12inch PB with the same vertical viewing space (it was non widescreen), same sized keyboard, was 4.6lbs and less width/length (but thicker).

Take the old PB case. Just using an LED, shrinking the battery slightly and dropping the optical drive from that old machine would get us to like 3.5 lbs and probably 0.8 thickness right? And it had good sound. What the hell Apple?
post #101 of 187
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Originally Posted by NYCMacFan View Post

Easy.
1. Tapering of case shows little is in there.
2. The look at the inside in Steve job's presentation.
3. The fact that the EXISTING macbook is already has slightly less width and length.
4. Oh and that they fit a full computer into the old 12inch powerbook in less of a footprint.


1 & 2 They didn't show the guts of the screen side. There may be antennas and other things in that "wasted space". The screen backlight setup could be forcing a certain geometry. They might be showing a simplified diagram.
3 It's a difference of about a hair's thickness. I highly doubt you can see the difference in footprint relative to the MB. I'm almost certain you couldn't even measure the difference in length and width unless you happened to own a caliper big enough to measure those dimensions.
4 PB was twice as thick and only had an XGA screen.
post #102 of 187
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1 & 2 They didn't show the guts of the screen side. There may be antennas and other things in that "wasted space". The screen backlight setup could be forcing a certain geometry. They might be showing a simplified diagram.
3 It's a difference of about a hair's thickness. I highly doubt you can see the difference in footprint relative to the MB. I'm almost certain you couldn't even measure the difference in length and width unless you happened to own a caliper big enough to measure those dimensions.
4 PB was twice as thick and only had an XGA screen.

Bottom line is the space on left and right adds nothing to screen or keyboard. So if it could be compressed, you could have a narrower computer. PB using a new LED would not be 2x thick. It would be closer to .8, especially with no optical drive. Oh and it had 2 speakers.
post #103 of 187
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Originally Posted by NYCMacFan View Post

Bottom line is the space on left and right adds nothing to screen or keyboard.

The real bottom line is that you either did not read or did not comprehend what I posted.

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So if it could be compressed, you could have a narrower computer.

You don't know what the change in backlight really does to the panel shape. Or whether or not there are other things in that "void" that were not shown in the presentation. Even technical graphics often leave out items not important to the point of the graphic , so I think it's bad to assert that there is nothing there only based on the keynote.

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PB using a new LED would not be 2x thick. It would be closer to .8, especially with no optical drive.

You're saying that a 12" powerbook with LED and no optical would be thinner than MacBook Air?

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Oh and

Please do not use that expression. It does not help you look like you know what you are saying, it does the opposite.
post #104 of 187
When the iMac came out people freaked out because it did not have ADB, a Floppy or SCSI. I remember that I kept having to post - this computer is not for you - relax. If you need that stuff, don't buy it. But there was a market for the iMac. My parents got one. They did not know what was missing, they just liked it, used it for years and moved on. They never needed a floppy or SCSI.

My friend's Dad is interested in an Air. He has a pb12 and was going to get a Macbook but was waiting to see what came out. I asked him to check how much disk space he has used after years on the PB 12, he has used 15 gig of the 60 gig drive. He does not need to upgrade but the Intel machines are faster and the built-in cam is nice for grandkids. An Air is great for him. He travels a lot. 80 gig is fine for him. One USB, its not going to be a problem. I don't think he uses his optical much and I just told him to buy the super drive - at $99 it a great deal.

The thing I am really impressed with about the Air is that when closed it is very compact but when opened it has a really nice, useable screen, very nice crisp legible keyboard. Its really a nice form factor for simple use.

People freaking out here are probably not the target for this computer. This computer is great for people who want something really small, depend on a computer but are not pushing it to the limit. They do email, web. A lot of people don't even know that they can watch a dvd on their computer. They are not running Final Cut Pro. They would never think to have an extra battery - I never have had a second myself. So calm down.

So many people out there barely scratch the surface of what they can do with a computer, but they can still appreciate that a computer is small, light, fast, has a nice screen and was not a hassle to bring along with them where ever they went. For them, a computer that is the same size as a notepad but more useful - that is compelling. When they get home from their trip it backs itself up automatically, wirelessly - sorry what is the problem? If they want to watch a movie they just rent it, watch it and it disappears. Lovely. You think they are better off dealing with Netflix?

Bluetooth mouse is nice while traveling. At home I have an ethernet printer. Its awesome. Why do I need so much USB anyway?

So please stop freaking out over this model. Its not like the others are not available.

And to the person who has a 12 and wants a full function, compact computer with Intel - why don't you just get a black Macbook? Its exactly what you are asking for. Its .4 lb heavier than your 12 with a bigger screen. Big deal.
post #105 of 187
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Originally Posted by NYCMacFan View Post

Easy.
1. Tapering of case shows little is in there.
2. The look at the inside in Steve job's presentation.
3. The fact that the EXISTING macbook is already has slightly less width and length.
4. Oh and that they fit a full computer into the old 12inch powerbook in less of a footprint.

You missed the possibility that that space is necessary to provide structural integrity.

When you make something thinner, it's more apt to bend and flex. From what I've read, they needed some material to provide stiffness for the case.

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Does this mean that I spend $2,000 on a laptop that supposedly didn't compromise and I can't watch a video on itunes in my hotel room without using headphones? The sound had better work on this.

Who says this doesn't compromise? The whole point of this is minimal size and weight - by definition, there is a ton of compromise involved. It's just a question of which compromise is the smart one. And there is a speaker, what makes you think it doesn't work?
post #106 of 187
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The real bottom line is that you either did not read or did not comprehend what I posted.

You don't know what the change in backlight really does to the panel shape. Or whether or not there are other things in that "void" that were not shown in the presentation.

You're saying that a 12" powerbook with LED and no optical would be thinner than MacBook Air?

Please do not use that expression. It does not help you look like you know what you are saying, it does the opposite.

Very easily understood your point. Odd to complain about my expressions with "you did not read or did not comprehend" in yours.

My point is that a keyboard or screen size is a pure constraint on size. Then the footprint, can't be shrunk. You can't go less than 11inches with a full sized keyboard. That is an absolute. But they go closer to 13inches. Why?

You can look at LEDs from rival brands and see less space on either side of the screen. See pic of the Toshiba R500 below (you know the full sized keyboard, 1.75 lb core2duo machine with LED screen and SSD).

By thw way, 0.8 is not thinner than the MBA. The MBA is .76. 0.8 is about where a MBP could be without an optical drive or a MB with a non-plastic case could be. Also see Toshiba R500.

Now I assume something is in that space. But my point is that if you sacrificed some thinness in the tapering, you create more space closer to the track pad. Given no clear constraint on width caused by a screen or a keyboard, ergo it is reasonable to assume that a laptop that was .76 or .8 in thickness across the board without tapering would have space that could be used.

This is not a new or an earth shattering point. Go examine the dimensions of the Toshiba or Panasonic lines and you can see they fit it all in a smaller footprint.

Their issue is that they either opt for a 12 or 14 inch screen. But there is no logical reason when you look inside the Toshiba R500 that Apple could not have shaved 1inch off the width. They are 2inch narrower with a 12inch widescreen. So wouldn't Apple only need 1inch more for a 13inch. . Again that is like what .78 or .8 in thickness.

That Toshiba uses a 2.5inch drive or an SSD, a Core 2 duo processor, motherboard, detachable battery. Its dimensions are 11.1 x 8.5 x .77 (front) and 1 inch (rear). It has a 120GB drive at 5400 rpm (believe it is a 2.5). When they remove an optical drive and use an SSD it is not 1.75lbs.

Do you have any reason to believe if you just changed the screen to 13.3, it would need to add a full 2 inches in width and 1.25lbs in weight?

post #107 of 187
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Originally Posted by minderbinder View Post

You missed the possibility that that space is necessary to provide structural integrity.

When you make something thinner, it's more apt to bend and flex. From what I've read, they needed some material to provide stiffness for the case.

Who says this doesn't compromise? The whole point of this is minimal size and weight - by definition, there is a ton of compromise involved. It's just a question of which compromise is the smart one. And there is a speaker, what makes you think it doesn't work?

1. I agree that it may be a reinforcement issue and my hope is that this explains why it is .5 lbs heavier than it should be given the weights of the various component.
2. Panasonic and Toshiba are equally light and still have reasonable sound (but going to point 1, they do have lots of flex). I will have to wait and see on Apple's sound.
3. Recall Apple argued that they did not compromise with it. I'd argue that sacrificing ports and an optical drive is no big deal at all. But I wonder if they opted for a thin tapering case that led to undue width and depth and the loss of a good speaker.
post #108 of 187
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Originally Posted by Bergermeister View Post

I don't follow the markets at all, but the curve on this graph shows things going down until March, when they start going up again.

http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?s=AAPL&t=1y

This one shows a very brief spike, followed by an abrupt drop.
http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?s=AAPL...=on&z=m&q=l&c=

Can't pinpoint dates.



Well, Macworld was earlier in the month last year, so a 1-yr chart doesn't do much good. Let's try a 2-yr one, size large:






As you can see, from early though mid-January '07, the stock went up. The 2007 Macworld Keynote was on January 9.




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post #109 of 187
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Originally Posted by minderbinder View Post

You missed the possibility that that space is necessary to provide structural integrity
Who says this doesn't compromise? The whole point of this is minimal size and weight - by definition, there is a ton of compromise involved. It's just a question of which compromise is the smart one. And there is a speaker, what makes you think it doesn't work?

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1 & 2 They didn't show the guts of the screen side. There may be antennas and other things in that "wasted space". The screen backlight setup could be forcing a certain geometry. They might be showing a simplified diagram.
3 It's a difference of about a hair's thickness. I highly doubt you can see the difference in footprint relative to the MB. I'm almost certain you couldn't even measure the difference in length and width unless you happened to own a caliper big enough to measure those dimensions.
4 PB was twice as thick and only had an XGA screen.

Come on, Dudes! NYCMacFan is a guy on the internet so of course he understands what can and can't be done better than the dozens of Apple engineers who have been working on this project for the past year.
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post #110 of 187
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Come on, Dudes! NYCMacFan is a guy on the internet so of course he understands what can and can't be done better than the dozens of Apple engineers who have been working on this project for the past year.

No Just what Panasonic, Toshiba and of course those former Apple engineers that did the 12inch PB could do.
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Oh and

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Please do not use that expression. It does not help you look like you know what you are saying, it does the opposite.


Lighten up and stop bullying the man. "Oh and" is just conversational speech. His use of it does not harm his credibility one whit, but you taking him to task over it does make you seem a tad anal.

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Originally Posted by TBaggins View Post

Lighten up and stop bullying the man. "Oh and" is just conversational speech. His use of it does not harm his credibility one whit, but you taking him to task over it does make you seem a tad anal.

I complain about it just once and I'm bullying? The problem I have is that it looks really dumb when written. I think it sounds dumb when spoken too, but that's a different matter. I think it shows a difficulty in constructing thoughts, and it seems to show in other ways too.


But with regards to the practicality and whether there is any "wasted space" I think we will have to defer to Kodawarisan when they do a tear-down.
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I complain about it just once and I'm bullying? The problem I have is that it looks really dumb when written. I think it sounds dumb when spoken too, but that's a different matter. I think it shows a difficulty in constructing thoughts, and it seems to show in other ways too.


But with regards to the practicality and whether there is any "wasted space" I think we will have to defer to Kodawarisan when they do a tear-down.

I wrote it because that's how people speak and it sounds like a more honest conversational colloquialism. And we are typing fast. I'm a college professor and happy with writing skills, though one should always strive to do better.

Please bear in mind, these are my honest comments and I really do think that this tapered effect was more costly than people realize.

I love Apple's OS and will still probably buy the MBA. Work is paying and so I may even get the SSD.

But I do believe it could have been delivered a touch lighter and with a touch smaller footprint. And again, I think their calls on not having an optical port, reducing the number of ports, and sticking with a 13inch screen and a full sized keyboard were all correct. I'd also give them credit for going with a low voltage 1.6/1.8 processor over an ultra low voltage (ULV and an SSD might have allowed a slightly smaller battery and more weight/space savings.)

I just do think a lot of us do have some minimum sound/volume expectations and that a touch smaller in return for a more brick like design would still have been appealing. I think their was a sacrifice for form here. I also readily admit that the greater size may offer greater rigidity. But I thick a more brick like design might still be able to accomplish that.
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I complain about it just once and I'm bullying? The problem I have is that it looks really dumb when written. I think it sounds dumb when spoken too, but that's a different matter. I think it shows a difficulty in constructing thoughts, and it seems to show in other ways too.

Complaining about something like that looks far dumber to me than the original phrase. \

Sorry Jeff, I respect you otherwise (you are likely one of the Top 10 smartest folks here), but not when you're being anal.


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Originally Posted by NYCMacFan View Post

I wrote it because that's how people speak and it sounds like a more honest conversational colloquialism. And we are typing fast. I'm a college professor and happy with writing skills, though one should always strive to do better.

Please bear in mind, these are my honest comments and I really do think that this tapered effect was more costly than people realize.

I love Apple's OS and will still probably buy the MBA. Work is paying and so I may even get the SSD.

But I do believe it could have been delivered a touch lighter and with a touch smaller footprint. And again, I think their calls on not having an optical port, reducing the number of ports, and sticking with a 13inch screen and a full sized keyboard were all correct. I'd also give them credit for going with a low voltage 1.6/1.8 processor over an ultra low voltage (ULV and an SSD might have allowed a slightly smaller battery and more weight/space savings.)

I just do think a lot of us do have some minimum sound/volume expectations and that a touch smaller in return for a more brick like design would still have been appealing. I think their was a sacrifice for form here. I also readily admit that the greater size may offer greater rigidity. But I thick a more brick like design might still be able to accomplish that.


Very reasonably said. And I agree that Apple likely made a compromise or two in favor of upping the 'sexay' quotient. Not that I don't like 'teh sexay'.

Hey Jeff, I just used 'net slang. That's far worse than 'oh and'. Wanna shoot me?

Edit- Oh noes. I just used 'wanna'. Unforgivable. Aurghhhhhhhhhhhh....

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No Just what Panasonic, Toshiba and of course those former Apple engineers that did the 12inch PB could do.

So you want a 4:3 notebook?

I'd say that Apple knows that the public would look upon a 4:3 display as going backwards, not forwards. On a plane, train or automobile you have plenty of vertical space but very limited horizontal space. This makes, as I have said many times on this forum, that anything under 13" would need to go back to 4:3 as a small widescreen is only good for watching movies and not reading webpages in a comfortable fashion. You can disagree as it is just my opinion, but I think it would be hard pressed to find a market for such a small display.





The .3" Sony X505 (below, right) from 4 years ago had a 4:3 ratio screen which allos for much better viewing of text.



Note: All these machines have approximately the same size border around the display so perhaps the case could have been smaller on the bottom.... just not the top. \
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So you want a 4:3 notebook?

I'd say that Apple knows that the public would look upon a 4:3 display as going backwards, not forwards.

I love 4:3 as it optmizied for typing and surfing, but I do agree that would be looking backward. I think in widescreen you do need 13.3 or you lack usable vertical space and so I suport the Apple choice of screens.

My point was on the overall real estate inside the 12inch PB case. They fit a lot in a small case and that was 4 years ago. Apple now has a smaller motherboard and chip given its work with Intel and 1.8 inch drives. I especially wonder whether the new MBA could have been 11.5 instead of 12.5inches from end to end if they had chosen to keep it at .76 all around.
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I wonder if Apple will be pushing digital download software purchases via iTunes and/or the Apple Store to help pull customers away from DVD media. I'm not saying that DVD titles won't still be available for purchase, but for Apple to truly embrace it as a '"revolution" they will need to offer an alternative

Could this be done with an OS?
There would be some obstacles but these could be tackled with some automation of the abilities already found in Leopard. The current OS would have to check to see if the purchase has enough disk space remaining for the DL and install. Then it would have to dynamically create a temp partition for the installation files to reside in case you want to format & install instead of upgrading. (You can do this Leopard's Disk Utility so there is no reason why it can't be transparent to the user) Upon clicking the install button you would be asked to restart—just like the install DVD—and it would goes through the installation as if there was a disc in the optical drive.

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I love 4:3 as it optmizied for typing and surfing, but I do agree that would be looking backward. I think in widescreen you do need 13.3 or you lack usable vertical space and so I suport the Apple choice of screens.

I myself am torn. I love 4:3 for most things (esp. Word and the web), but widescreen for watching DVDs, something I do a lot on my notebook (OMG... I'm someone who actually USES THEIR OPTICAL DRIVE! Heretic! Leper outcast unclean! ).

I kinda wish they could all be 3:2, but whatev. Just as long as they aren't 16:9. I don't like having so little vertical space to work in. Even the current 16:10 kinda annoys me, and that's with the dock on the side. \

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I myself am torn. I love 4:3 for most things (esp. Word and the web), but widescreen for watching DVDs, something I do a lot on my notebook (OMG... I'm someone who actually USES THEIR OPTICAL DRIVE! Heretic! Leper outcast unclean! ).

I kinda wish they could all be 3:2, but whatev. Just as long as they aren't 16:9. I don't like having so little vertical space to work in. Even the current 16:10 kinda annoys me, and that's with the dock on the side. \

Me too. Remember the Macs that were taller than they were wide, matching a sheet of notebook paper. That made sense back then! Who would have thought the screen would be turn 90˚ and stretched out even wider.
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