“The biggest drawback of the design is the lack of expandability.”
“Apple has introduced a product that’s neither revolutionary nor breakthrough, and they’ve priced it so high that it’s reminiscent of the Cube.”
- How could they get rid of 1394 port?
- They’re crazy to dump the optical drive.
- No removable battery? No thanks! No user-replaceable HD or RAM? Bah!
- Only one USB port! WTF! No slots! Waaaaah!
- WHERE’S THE ETHERNET PORT?!?!?!
- It’s underpowered and over-priced.
Desktops are dead (so it goes) and I’m personally tired of carrying a larger laptop. The last few years I’ve been toting around a 15″ Powerbook and then a 15″ Macbook Pro. Dropping a few pounds and moving to a smaller form factor is something that I’m welcoming with open arms. At 1.8ghz, I’m sure it’s going to be plenty of power for my computing needs: surfing the web, writing documents and email, coding, doing minor photo work and encoding the occasional movie.
And the missing ports? Good – less crap hanging out of the sides. Wireless is simple. Keep it simple.
Right now, my only real concern is the heat which no one has seemed to report on yet.
I liked Wil Shipley’s observation: “In two weeks I’ll be writing Delicious Library 2 on a MacBook Air, every day. Because it’s simple and beautiful, and I crave those things. And all you haters can… well, buy one in six months, when you realize how nice it is.”
Chris Ullrich also notes that “Radical change sometimes requires an adjustment in thinking and the new MacBook Air is pretty radical.”
Personally, I feel that this is going to be the start of a shift: next CES you’re going to see everyone with smaller, lighter machines. Mobility will be the core focus for computing. Now, only if the next few weeks would just hurry up and get here…
Update: Some other interesting takes on the Air:
LoneySandwich: “the Air is not just a lighter laptop, it is a conceptual shift in personal computing.”
The Fishbowl via Daring Fireball: “Don’t think of the Air as a secondary machine, think of it as a primary machine, with headless appliances like Time Capsule and the Apple TV filling in the space around it.”