Originally Posted by Pine
Apple hasn't become complacent, they have become to big for their own good. Trying to enter into so many markets and gaining market share while trying to maintain that consumer to producer image, just isn't working anymore. Look at the demands we are placing on them and I am guilty of the same, while at the same time they're trying to please coffee sipping yuppies with MacBook Air and Starbucks stores on iPhone. I read that analysis article, and I hope it reminds apple it was the actual Mac community (not iPod or iPhone) that kept them afloat while they were struggling. It might be the shot in the arm they need and then we might get all these frills.
Although I'm still left wondering a little with the case design: keyboard and mag latch I can understand, but what would you do with the case? Thinner? It's a pro machine, it's not gonna get much thinner. A different material? What dissipates heat better than aluminum? Hells yeah the bottom of those things get hot because it's emitting heat instead of keeping it internally. The curved design of the MBA? I wouldn't want that as I'm sure many other people wouldn't either. They put an iSight in the screen bezel for god sakes. That thing is tiny and does an amazing job. I'm curious and very open as to hear what you and other want. Maybe you'd convince me, but all I hear right now is "Give me case redesign." "Well what do you want?" "I don't know...give me case redesign."
The MacBook Pro is iconic and easily recognizable in advertisements, movies or television shows. Indeed, the fact that it has endured as long as it has is a testament to its excellent design and aesthetics.
As you've mentioned, I think we need to all step back and appreciate what we are getting in this "refreshed" version of the MacBook Pro.
For example, the new Intel 'Penryn' processors are now more efficient (due to a larger cache) and include the SSE4 extensions, which when used with applications that can take advantage of it, significantly reduce the amount of time to render or transcode video (e.g. convert DV to MPEG-2 for DVD authoring use) for example.
Adding the multi-touch trackpad is very important. At least to me. Indeed, I use a trackpad only because I have to use it. It doesn't mean I like using it.
With multi-touch I can now "gesture" more easily than using a mouse. In fact, I may dispense with the mouse altogether, especially if Apple's new patent pending on more advanced gesture control comes to fruition.
It should be noted Intel will soon release their new mobile chipset called Centrino 2 (aka Montevina). This chipset is built using the same 45nm process as the new Intel Penryn CPUs. The upshot should be cooler operating temperatures and significantly longer battery life. Surely a good thing for the entire Apple laptop line, especially the MacBook Air.
Now, what I do find interesting is the resolution of all the displays are not higher. Indeed, there is an op-ed on the PC Magazine web site where Robert Strohmeyer is most upset about this apparent oversight:
"For people who like to keep more than one application window in view at a time, 1,440x900 is a paltry screen dimension. And 1,280x800 is practically unbearable. While I can certainly appreciate the reasons for sticking to a lower-res screen on the svelte MacBook Air, it seems downright absurd that neither of Apples two mainstream notebook lines offer display resolutions that a power user might call sufficient."
Hmm, methinks Mr. Strohmeyer doesn't know about (or has forgotten) Leopard's Spaces feature. Much more usable and viewable... says I a longtime Windows user!
[As a side-note, XP and Vista have available a Spaces equivalent called Microsoft Visual Desktop Manager, but it's not included as a standard feature in either OS. How strange...]
Who knows, perhaps Apple is saving a display update as part of the Centrino 2 refresh. In any case, I think it's a moot point on a 13" or 15" panel. 17" panel, maybe.
OK, if there is one criticism I have to level against Apple, it's the omission of the SuperDrive in the MacBook. Should be technically and cost feasible. If they omitted it so that they can promote product differentiation, bad move.
I'm satisfied with the refresh, although it would be nice to complete the set by having Centrino 2. But that's an Intel issue more than anything else.
Now, if you'll excuse me, time to go buy my new 15" MacBook Pro!