AppleInsider said:The new MacBook Air has integrated graphics that is slightly faster than the 12-inch MacBook's graphics, but the 13-inch MacBook Pro's graphical performance is over 50% faster than the MacBook Air. Considering that you can get a 13-inch MacBook Pro for just $50 more at assorted vendors, it's hard to justify buying the MacBook Air if you're thinking in terms of GPU performance.
Also, why discontinue standard USB ports when the majority of devices still use a standard USB connection? Remember Apple that the Air is your entry level laptop. Those users aren’t invested in thunderbolt. Oh and only 2 connectors ? At least one standard USB connector should have remained. Apple - I’ve owned your products since 1992.
https://www.nytimes.com/1998/07/23/technology/who-said-computers-have-to-be-square.html New York Times, July 23 1998: Who Said Computers have to be Square? wrote:
In a similar vein, Mr. Jobs decreed that the iMac should have no conventional printer port. The parallel and Apple Talk ports that act as the connection points for most Macintosh printers today are also gone, replaced by a U.S.B. connector.
The problem is that there are not many U.S.B.-specific printers around, especially for the Macintosh. There will be soon, but for now, anyone who wants to print documents, artwork or photographs must send them to a printer over a network or pay $70 or so for an adapter to connect a parallel-style printer to the iMac's U.S.B. port.
The new MBA is obviously a big improvement over its predecessor, but rather lacking compared to the similarily priced 13” MBP. Also if it doesn’t replace the 12” MacBook, I don’t see the point of it. In the article they mention the MBA is great if you want a lightweight Mac to mainly surf the web and occasionally do other things. But you can do exactly that with the even thinner and lighter MacBook already, so why purchase an MBA? As for surfing the Web, don’t the majority of people do that mainly with their smartphones anyway? Which are pocketable not just portable.
Just wrote a mail to Tim, you never know what gives...I get their pricing strategy with the storage options: the ‘just enough storage to get around for a couple of years’ allows for lower pricing, while pushing those needing some more to the next option to make sure they are future proof, and asking a hefty price for that. But this time I feel like they are pushing the boundaries of decency: MacBook Air storage upgrade from 128GB to 256 GB costs 200$, nothing else is upgraded between the 1099 and 1299$ models. Same storage bump on the iPhone Xr costs 100$, a storage bump from 256 to 512 GB on the MacBook costs 200$.Can someone explain? And just to make it fit between the other MacBook-models is not a valid reason to ask double the price. Also, the MacBook line-up seems a bit of a mess to me, the Air tag should be used on the lightest version, but that’s just me...
Yeah, it's further towards the back if you compare with my other image of the Pro, I wonder if it's doing the Matebook X Pro thing where the processor is mostly passively cooled by the chassis contact, but there's a system fan not blowing directly through fins in case the passive cooling reaches its limits.