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I have just posted a new poll about the MacBook Air and your purchase plans (or not) for the new machine. I had a (brief) chance to play with it on the show floor today, and it is one impressively light machine. Its not really a little machine -- other than the incredible thinness -- as its footprint is actually just a tiny bit larger than that of the MacBook. The MacBook is 12.78" wide by 8.92" deep, and the Air is 12.80" by 8.94". So it's not going to be much easier to open in a seat in coach, but it'll be oh so much easier to carry (and in my opinion, its design makes all current Mac portables look quite dated).

Personally, I'm quite tempted by the machine, especially after seeing it in person -- using one is probably the most dangerous thing one can do to one's wallet. However, I don't think I'm ready for all of the version one tradeoffs, with the non-removable battery being at the top of that list. But how about you? Is there Air in your future? Vote and comment, and we'll see what everyone thinks...
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New poll posted on the MacBook Air
Authored by: ivanov on Jan 15, '08 08:09:25PM

The dimensions quoted are odd: perhaps something was lost in conversion from Imperial to Metric, but I see the following on Apple's website:

MacBook: 2.75 x 32.5 x 22.7cm
MacBook Air: 1.94 x 32.4 x 22.7cm

This makes the MAcBook Air smaller, not slightly larger (and the thinness is based on the thickest part, not the average or the thin section)



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New poll posted on the MacBook Air
Authored by: robg on Jan 15, '08 09:25:55PM
| MacBook: 2.75 x 32.5 x 22.7cm
| MacBook Air: 1.94 x 32.4 x 22.7cm

| This makes the MAcBook Air smaller, not slightly larger
| (and the thinness is based on the thickest part, not the
| average or the thin section)

That is very weird -- because the Apple site lists the MB as 12.78x8.92 (Tech Specs), and the MBA as 12.80x8.94 (Tech Specs). On those same pages, though, the metric units are listed as being identical (both 32.5x22.7).

Strange, but the essence is unchanged: the MBA is not a physically small Mac, it's just amazingly light and amazingly thin.

-rob.

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New poll posted on the MacBook Air
Authored by: MJCube on Jan 17, '08 08:04:25AM

These are half-millimeter differences due to rounding. Too small to quibble about. Your points about opening on an airplane vs. packing are what count.



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New poll posted on the MacBook Air
Authored by: Gnarlodious on Jan 15, '08 08:31:07PM

It looks like a highly droppable appliance. In fact, it looks like it was psychologically engineered to be droppable. If it wasn't, they would have made it with a handle. Or at least a lanyard.

On the other hand, perhaps it will be a hit on the Space Station.



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New poll posted on the MacBook Air
Authored by: jawadde on Jan 16, '08 01:48:19AM

I'm a bit dissapointed :
- no firewire is a huge thumbs down since the machine is useless for video editing.
- the remove-CD drive is cool, but I doubt that the Air can boot from it for recovery purposes. And since there is no firewire, booting in target mode is out of the question too
- no replaceable battery : when on long trips, I always carry a spare, charged battery so I can quick swap for another few hours of work on the plane or bus.
- i'm not a fan of glossy screens
- fixed ram (no dimm slots) means that the machine is quite powerful today with 2GB, but in 4 years, when MacOS 10.6 comes out, 2GB will likely be the minimum, and your Air won't be upgradable
- 80GB harddisk is LESS than the biggest iPod (160) that doesn't make sense !



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New poll posted on the MacBook Air
Authored by: perspixe on Jan 16, '08 03:15:49AM

Too big and too expensive for what it's for. With the connectivity specs they should have released a far smaller item that would be ok as a machine for internet, mails and administrative work, what it seems to be anyway.
This probably boots on the external DVD no problem for recovery. Intel can boot on USB.



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New poll posted on the MacBook Air
Authored by: markom on Jan 16, '08 05:31:01AM

One thing that is show stopper for me is absence of Ethernet. In a corporate environment, wired networks are still far more preferred than wireless ones. Sure, there is an Ethernet dongle, but there is only one USB port and far too many things rely on it.

All in all, version 2 might be worth waiting for.



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New poll posted on the MacBook Air
Authored by: piyayo on Jan 16, '08 05:46:53AM

Looks fine, but .. I mean... REALLY. It is slow, and too expensive, too big, the battery issue of course, lots of things, and that's before it has even shipped. It's like they're moving to the luxury market now.

I was thinking of that interview where Steve Jobs said he was just as proud of the products Apple had decided NOT to ship as the ones they had shipped. If they decided to ship this, just WHAT other products did they not ship?



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New poll posted on the MacBook Air
Authored by: sig eigei on Jan 16, '08 07:16:45AM

The removal of the Built-in ethernet port smells of the removal of the floppy drive. Obviously Apple thinks that cables are going to be a thing of the past. As it is, to attach multiple USB devices (or ethernet + CD drive) you will have to add an ugly hub.

I think this machine is designed to be a second machine for people who already have an iMac or a desktop. Its pricing and feature set really make me think the first buyers will ones who travel around new york from their office. Real road-warriors will have to seriously think about the merits of this one, even if the weight is a serious advantage.



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New poll posted on the MacBook Air
Authored by: mozart111 on Jan 16, '08 11:00:09AM

The 2008 version of the Mac Cube



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MacBook Air = Cube II Thousand 8.
Authored by: gabester on Jan 16, '08 07:23:32PM

I'm amazed it's taken this long to find someone else come to the same conclusion!



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New poll posted on the MacBook Air
Authored by: GreginND on Jan 16, '08 03:15:46PM

I don't understand all the negativity for this product. Sure it's not for everyone. Sure it's not a primary machine. But for those who travel frequently this is a godsend. I lug my MBP around on all my trips. But it's a real pain. In the last 5 years I can't think of a single time I've used my optical drive on the road. I can only think of a few times when I've had to plug it into an ethernet connection (never in the last two years). I can't recall ever plugging in anything to the USB port other than a flash drive or camera card reader. This thing will be awesome. I only hope it gets here before my next trip in a few weeks.



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New poll posted on the MacBook Air
Authored by: clara-susan on Jan 16, '08 10:26:42PM

This is exactly what I need. I've been using my beloved 12-inch Powerbook but hoping for a suitable Intel replacement for it. I'd love it if Apple made a 12-inch MacBook Pro, but the MacBook never appealed to me (too heavy!) and I've been hoping Apple would make a light-weight aluminum laptop. I'll be using it as a secondary computer; something to carry with me on planes and on the train to work, and also to use at home when I want to sit in my comfy recliner rather than sitting up at my desktop Mac. The lack of Firewire and optical drive isn't a problem to me: I already exchange files between my PowerBook, my iMac and external hard drives via my wireless network; even easier now with Leopard's screen sharing. For the same reason, even the 80GB hard drive should be big enough. I'll definitely be getting one--just a matter of whether I have enough self-control to wait a couple of months to see if there are any major bugs.



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New poll posted on the MacBook Air
Authored by: beansdad on Jan 17, '08 01:08:48PM

I think a lot of people are missing the point: wireless. Air indicates the direction portable computing is headed. It's not there yet, but it points the way. If all my media and data is safely stowed on an external harddrive or online, and I have access to any of it wirelessly, I don't need a lot of ports, docks and drives.

That said, I envision a lot of extra steps and some headaches to make it work for about 30% of what I do on a computer now, so I'll wait. My 9 month old MBP will do just fine.



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New poll posted on the MacBook Air
Authored by: rbsandkam on Jan 17, '08 09:36:51PM

You know, I get this device.
I understand what it is and to whom it will be sold.
The Cube notwithstanding, I am sure Apple did their market research, and they will probably sell at least a million of these.

But, it is definitely not what I was hoping for.

First, as a support technician who services computers in fifteen different buildings and wants to always have his computer with him, I want a real sub-notebook. Small screen (10" - 12"), and with all the ports I need to do my job (seriously, what am I supposed to do with a computer that doesn't have ethernet - don't get me started on dongles).

Second, as a support technician, I use firewire target disk mode a good amount. I probably won't miss it as much as I think I will, but at first glance, the lack of a firewire port disturbs me in a way I can't quite describe.

Third, if you are going to make an $1800 laptop with low-end-ish specs, can't you just bite the bullet and make it a tablet already (to save face, you could call it an iPod Touch Advanced)?

Ditch the keyboard
Make it a multi-touch screen
Bundle a compact bluetooth keyboard.

For a true road warrior, there are obvious implications (two pieces instead of one, where to prop up the tablet while you use the keyboard), but these could be overcome with clever design (maybe the keyboard nests into the back of the tablet for storage, maybe the keyboard has a mechanism for mating with the tablet for extended typing sessions).



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MacBook Pro 12-inch
Authored by: pb12 on Jan 23, '08 10:17:55AM

mbp12.com



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New poll posted on the MacBook Air
Authored by: BALDERAS on Mar 15, '08 04:05:38PM

I HAVE THE NEW MACBOOK AIR AND I JUST DONT KNOW HOW 2 USE IT CAN SOMEBODY HELP? I KNOW THE BASIC BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT THERES MORE IN THIS BEAUTIFUL MACHINE HAHA...PLEASE HELP...WHAT OTHER THINGS DO I HAVE THAT OTHERS MAC DOESNT?...



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