I decided to write Apple a letter on the MacBook...

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by GregUofMN, Jan 14, 2006.

  1. GregUofMN macrumors regular

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    After only a couple years of religiously using a Powerbook for my day-to-day tasks, I decided to write Apple a letter about how happy I was to be a user and also offered them a suggestion about the upcoming MacBook Pro. It wasn't a large suggestion, but nonetheless, here is my letter. Let me know what you think...

    To whom this may concern;

    It has always amazed me how Apple's design staff pulls off the most unthinkable hardware and software, but somehow it manages to be exactly what I've always been missing. I anticipate every new release with the fervor of a hyperactive kid on Christmas morning. Thus, I am excited for the upcoming release of the new MacBook Pro.

    I think that the MagSafe plug, new minicam and remote control are great features that will further push the idea that Apple creates the best computer experience for it's users. I am completely aware that the MacBook Pro is currently is still somewhat in the very final stages of development. (At least, that is what I've been told concerning the battery life of the new notebook.) That's why I'm writing you this question now.

    I love how the remote for the new iMac magnetically attaches to the side of the display, which is appropriate for a desktop computer, but this would be obviously impossible when transporting a notebook computer around. I think that it would be fantastic if the device could slide into the side of the MacBook Pro similar to how the card slot on the left side of the notebook and pop out when you wanted to use it.

    I know that extra space inside of any laptop is virtually non-existent and I don't know if anything like this is feasible this late in the game with MacBook Pro's ready to ship in February, but maybe on future releases this is something that could be explored.

    Please forward this on to those individuals who may be responsible for product design because after all, Apple prides itself on tentatively listening to customer feedback. Thank you very much for working so hard on these products only to make my life easier.

    Sincerely,
    Greg Kraus
     
  2. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    Nice letter, yeah, now that it's brought up to me, I don't know how that remote control thing is ganna work. :confused:
     
  3. Lacero macrumors 604

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    I'm not sure I like that feature. I'd treat the remote as I would treat an external mouse or mouse pad, separately.

    I like the letter stating the improvements like MagSafe — didn't see that one coming, but it's ingenious. I love that feature.
    Here's to the Crazy Ones [​IMG]
     
  4. TheMonarch macrumors 65816

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    You know I'd be a cool idea if they released a hollow PCI express card or adapter in which you could fit the remote into...

    Tha'd be innovative :cool:


    Patent pending©
     
  5. GregUofMN thread starter macrumors regular

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    Obviously you would have to treat it like an external mouse, mouse pad, powercord, headphones, powercord extender, Kensington lock, etc or anything else that you have to use a periferial object to the actual laptop itself. This is only a suggestion to help integrate an external component... when internally, I guess.
     
  6. -Escher- macrumors member

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    I'm sorry but this idea has been around for a while! My HP dv4000 has a RC that fits into the PCMCIA slot! It's VERY neat and handy since you'll not be using it very often and you'll end up either loosing or leaving it in a safe place far away from your laptop! Besides, my HP's RC is VERY nice, thin and has lots of features! It cost 15$ and I'm pretty sure I'll be very disapointed with the MBP's one....
     
  7. TheMonarch macrumors 65816

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    Blast! I thought I had something going there. :D

    Oh well, lets hope they do the same on these 'Books.
     
  8. GregUofMN thread starter macrumors regular

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    Uhh... how original of YOU to come up with that idea... I wonder if you got the idea from MY letter...

    "I think that it would be fantastic if the device could slide into the side of the MacBook Pro similar to how the card slot on the left side of the notebook works and pops out when you wanted to use it."
     
  9. -Escher- macrumors member

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    Well...I've been posting about it here since keynote...I just don't know why they can't make a RC that fits into this Express/34 slot! They don't need to actually build a specific place for it! And for a 4 buttons RC...Should be a peace of cake!!!! If HP can came up with a 20$ RC full of features and thin as a CC why not Apple???



    OH BTW...My HP4000 has 4 (FOUR) USB ports!!!!!!!!!! C'amon apple!!! I'm buying a MBP just to let you guys know...Nothing is perfect....

    Take a look!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:

    http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/product_detail.do?product_code=PT746AA#ABA

    http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/product_detail.do?product_code=EL623AA
     
  10. GregUofMN thread starter macrumors regular

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    Does Apple ever write back? I still have yet to receive any kind of response, even a generic one.

    Hmmm... maybe they're working on it? :rolleyes:
     
  11. law guy macrumors 6502a

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    A few nits - change the semi-colon to a colon after the salutation. You have a contracted "it's" (only for it is) where it should be "its" as the possessive. Staying away from contractions is also a good rule of thumb. Your last post seems to indicate that you've already sent, but these are a few small comments just in case you have yet to send it. Why not address it to a VP of a design group. I think that Jonathan Ives title is "Vice President of Industrial Design" You could also overnight fedex it to give it a little help along in getting a few seconds of attention. ;)
     
  12. Wes Jordan macrumors regular

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    Already done. The HP dv1000 uses a remote that pops out of the PCI slot. Ingenious and a great feature I might add. I love using it on my dad's laptop. If I didn't get an MB Pro it is what I would get.
     
  13. T-Stex macrumors 6502

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    About 15 years ago, my parents had a t.v. that had a slot for the remote. I don't know who made it, but they deserve the credit, not HP. :p
     
  14. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Thanks for pointing out the MagSafe plug. Never looked at the MacBook Pro site yet, so your mention is the first that I read on the topic. Definitly a big advantage for the MacBook Pro.
     
  15. Bern macrumors 68000

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    Very nice well written letter.

    But rather than have a slot for the remote control, what I would like to see is a feature a Fujitsu tablet pc has. With it you can pop out the cd drive entirely and put in it's place a spare battery. When the existing battery runs out the computer automatically ticks over to the spare one. It's a great idea if you're out and about. Put that in your letter :)
     
  16. T-Stex macrumors 6502

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    Kinda like that t.v. thing...

    There are (or used to be) that battery feature in a couple of *sigh* Dell laptops. Kinda keeps up the trend of finding the same innovations in less spectacular products...
     
  17. GregUofMN thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks. However, instead of a replaceable battery slot, how about a battery that last more than 2-4 hours!!!! :rolleyes:

    Yes, I own a 15"AlBook and I feel your pain. I'm running at 98% and I only have 2 hours and 22 minutes of battery life left---nope--scratch that--it just shot down to 1 hour and 38 minutes. Wow. I've never put it in "TIME" mode, just percentage. I never really realized just how bad that battery life was. I take back what I said before, that replaceable battery would be lifesaver if I couldn't find an outlet.

    By the way, as I finish writing this (without taking a break) I'm already down to 1:27. That's just bad. Hope the new MacBook's improve on that!
     
  18. oingoboingo macrumors 6502a

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    And would you consider it to be innovative again if you knew that previous Apple PowerBooks have had exactly this feature?

    http://www.lowendmac.com/pb2/pismo.shtml
     
  19. Bern macrumors 68000

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    They did? :eek:

    Well Apple should bring it back. I get around 4.5 hours on my 12" Powerbook battery but I still carry around a spare just in case.
     
  20. oingoboingo macrumors 6502a

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    Some areas of laptop design have gone forward. Others have gone backwards. I think the flexibility of being able to remove the optical drive and substitute an extra battery pack is ingenious, and is something which should be re-implemented into new Apple laptops.
     
  21. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    I compared the size of the Apple Remote to the size of an ExpressCard/34 slot in a store. If they made the remote just a tiny bit smaller, it could be stored in the ExpressCard slot... (It's too 'tall' by about 1/4 of its height, and too 'thick' by about 1/2. But width is perfect. So if they made it 1/2 the thickness, it would fit in the slot, but stick out by a little.)
     
  22. ortuno2k macrumors 6502a

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    Hey that's a nice letter.
    Something else I would have added?

    "Please make the remote control work with Keynote as well."

    I don't know if this can be done now, since I don't own one of the newer iMacs with the remote, but if it could happen, I think it'd be sweet!

    And storing the remote in the available slot would be nice. Hey, HP and Compaq do it; why can't Apple? :)
     
  23. NeuronBasher macrumors regular

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    I'm almost positive that it was mentioned in the Stevenote that the remote works in Keynote as well as Front Row.
     
  24. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    Because the remote is too thick.
     
  25. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    I remember that too...

    I have iWork '06, but no Apple remote. However, I can't find any mention of the remote working with Keynote in the user guide documentation....suspicious.
     

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