I'm assuming ? will bring out a 14/15 inch version of this within a year. Sure it'll mess up the narrative that it's sized around the keyboard but that'd sell like hotcakes I'm sure.
(Dell's XPS 13 in the 11inch clamshell is similar - Im sure they too expect to do a 15/13 version.)
One more thing... $80 to add a full-size USB port and an HDMI port. Are you ****ing kidding me? Damn thing costs more than an Apple TV.
480p FaceTime is not reinventing, Mr.Cook! That's a big let down!
One more thing... $80 to add a full-size USB port and an HDMI port. Are you ****ing kidding me?
That, I have to say, is ridiculous. They should sell them below cost if necessary and cross-subsidise through sales of the Macbook - would look better! I've only just got over paying for those retched Thunderbolt dongles..
Frankly I suspect most of these dongles end up in a drawer and never really get used, but this is the first time there's literally zero USB>
Also, no-one here cares that we've lost MagSafe?
Oh, I do. Living in a household with children the MagSafe plug has saved our ageing 2007 White MacBook countless times. No MagSafe, no purchase.
factor70 wrote: »
I agree with Scotty321...this is ridiculous. Can anyone else just be HONEST about the ridiculous direction Apple is going when it comes to notebooks? Of course, loyal Apple fans will be giddy about this because it's another new shiny consumer-grade toy. Yet another product from Apple that will not allow me to do real work. How can ANYONE say that ONE port on a notebook is acceptable?? Stop blindly defending Apple no matter what they do!
For those of you who talk about the "pro" options - we have limited options there as well. The 13" model is a non-starter...there is nothing "pro" about it. And the 15" screens are just too small for those of us (developers, creative professionals, etc) who need a LARGE, high resolution screen.
Apple now makes gigantic phones, but continues to decrease the size and functionality of their notebooks. And now more god damn dongles to buy. What a joke.
I'd be lying if I said Windows PCs are a better option, because they are still far worse (IMO) than anything Apple makes. Still, that does not mean Apple should be abusing their loyal professional base with this crap!
frank777 wrote: »
I assume Apple will sell a companion hub for docking at home, but it will be interesting to see what the mobile solution looks like for those who want to plug in a USB device and charge the computer at the same time.
Also, no-one here cares that we've lost MagSafe?
I'm sure Monoprice will sell a cheaper alternative, though the adapter looks bulky.
tallest skil wrote: »
WAIT WHAT? THE AIR STILL EXISTS?
Oh yeah, please explain to me how you're going to attach an external monitor on your cross-country flight? Or how you're going to carry your external monitor over to the coffee shop down the road? Or maybe you're somehow going to explain to me how you're going to ship your external monitor to you at the hotel you're staying at in another country? Get a clue, dude. If you're not a MOBILE PROFESSIONAL, then don't make comments about what you DO NOT KNOW.
Below cost would be $2. They make these for $1 in China.
OK. I like the form factor. How do I connect my new 12" MacBook to my existing 27" Thunderbolt display?
A person who desires to work productively on the road. For example, someone who designs web sites, or a person who develops custom software, or edits videos. The list goes on. Another definition would be - someone who is bothered by Apple's latest laptops, and the removal of the 17" model from their product line. If those changes bother you, then you're likely a "mobile professional".
I'm not crazy about needing dongles for I/O, but I do understand that a lot of personal-use types don't really need them.
For travel/business use, where connection to projectors/USB/wired ethernet is relatively common, I think there is an opportunity for some manufacturer to do a mobile integrated multi-I/O dock+power adapter here. Even the separate power adapter and multiple display dongles I carry for my 13" MBP takes a fair amount of space. Seems to me a unit somewhat bigger than a typical power adapter that does all these things would not be a big deal to always carry with you. (And hopefully it could be +/- $100).
So, how about it, 3rd party people? Kanex? Belkin? Sonnet? Anybody?
PS: maybe you could do a "mag-safe" style magnetic connector on the AC side like my deep fryer does:
scotty321 wrote: »
You're a fool, asdasd. Oh yeah, please explain to me how you're going to attach an external monitor on your cross-country flight? Or how you're going to carry your external monitor over to the coffee shop down the road? Or maybe you're somehow going to explain to me how you're going to ship your external monitor to you at the hotel you're staying at in another country? Get a clue, dude. If you're not a MOBILE PROFESSIONAL, then don't make comments about what you DO NOT KNOW.
Asdasd - the fact that you at least had a 17" MBP gives you credibility in my eyes. HOWEVER, sales should not ALWAYS determine what Apple sells. There are certain products that don't sell very well but fit a need with their consumers. I don't think the Mac Pro is a big seller, but they are at least trying to keep that demographic happy. A company with $150 billion in surplus cash could certainly keep a few more products around to keep everyone happy. If I HAVE TO, I'll get the 15" as my aging 2009 17" will not cut it for too much longer. Sorry you got your 17" stolen...that sucks.