I’m still processing my responses to yesterday’s Macworld Stevenote and the announcement of the MacBook Air. On the one hand, a super-lightweight portable computer seems to me a great niche for Apple to move into. On the other hand, this one is almost too focused on lightweight portability for me. It would be a fantastic travel machine, but not so great for working on day in and day out: not enough storage, not enough ports, not enough screen real estate.

Which makes me begin to suspect that Apple has opened a new front in consumer electronics marketing, as of yesterday: not upgrade-your-current-computer but instead buy-a-second-machine. After all, if you’re going to take advantage of things like Remote Disc, you’ve got to have another machine nearby. And if you’re going to use wireless networking for everything including backups, you’ve got to have a Time Capsule. So the digital hub seems increasingly to be throwing out new spokes, producing not a convergence of appliances but instead appliance proliferation.

I held off on replacing my 12″ PowerBook G4 until now, hoping that I’d want to replace it with something new and sexy. And I do, as it turns out: I want to replace it with a 24″ iMac and a MacBook Air. But until I get some grant that will allow me to do so, it looks like I’m going to be getting the same MacBook Pro I’d have gotten last month instead. Ah, well.

2 thoughts on “Air

  1. The MacAir reminds me of the old Duo 2300, actually (which I had for a while, although I bought it used and obsolete).

    As a second machine, it looks just fine. I don’t care about screen real estate, and I already have to carry a hub with me (although the release of the Griffin PowerDock is great news).

    I wish that someone would design a laptop that didn’t require a whole separate bag for peripherals (charger, mouse, etc.). I would be happy to carry a wider machine if peripherals popped and/or spooled out of the sides when I needed them.

  2. Ah, the Duo. That was a genius idea, but way before its time.

    Not at all incidentally, there’ve been rumors (apparently derived from an Apple patent application) of a forthcoming iMac-shaped docking station into which one would slide a very thin notebook computer. Now *that* might be worth waiting a little longer for — particularly if one could get the Air with the solid-state drive and the docking station with a more standard (i.e., big) hard drive and optical drive…

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