Macbook Air: Pseudo disappointing, yet telling of things to come from Apple.
The internet exploded in awe for a few moments when Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s newest labor of love; the Macbook Air. Details about the new “world’s thinnest notebook” are in yesterday MNT post. And yet, almost immediately the scrutiny for the little Mac was overwhelming, considerably on Digg. Criticism ranged from technical specs to design. Here are some:
- Price vs. tech specs: Most of the components are in current Macs, so why the high price? Design fee?
- HD only 80GB, why not the same 160GB iPod drive option?
- Large bezel around 13.3″ screen.
- Three output ports!?
- Disappointing 1.6 and 1.8 Ghz speeds.
The Mac Newb Tube did a round of debate over the new product and we see the Macbook Air as the beginning of things to come. The shortcomings of the little Mac leads us to believe that Cupertino has a lot in store for us in the next 50 weeks. Here are some of our conclusions, from the Macbook Air’s shortcomings:
- Larger bezel just begs for a 15″ screen.
- 160GB iPod type drive is perfectly apt in there.
- 4GB Standard.
- 2.0 and 2.2Ghz option.
- Customizable black, aluminum, or white keys.
These little notions lead us to this idea:
The pricing is normal Apple fare and the now known “early adopters tax” will drop when *gasp* Apple will introduce a second model with these upgrades, probably at the current price point of the MBA. This will lead to a drop for the current model, maybe even $1299 and $1499 for the new model. There has been an influx of Macbook refurbs on Apple.com, so it seems plausible that the white and black Macbooks are going the way of the white iMacs, which in turn, will allow Apple to introduce a new silver and black, entry level Macbook.
The entire Mac line has gone through the “Prosumer” aluminum and black revision, it only seems obvious that the Macbook will follow suit, leaving a two to three Macbook Air line up above it.