Macs: If you could provide an idea/request to Apple Engineering, what would it be?

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  1. amac4me macrumors 65816

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    I'd like to see Apple include an integrated Card Reader in Macs. I really don't like having to hook up my camera via a USB cable to download pictures.

    If you could offer an idea or request a feature for Apple to include in a Mac what would it be?
     
  2. shadowmoses macrumors 68000

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    Widescreen 12" laptops

    As for card readers i can't say i agree for 2 reasons:
    1. They look ugly
    2. there are so many different types of flash media out these days; memory stick,SD card, XD card etc that how would apple pick which one to intergrate maybe they could intergrate all of them but that would be seriously ugly and space consuming...

    SHadoW ;)
     
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  4. Applespider macrumors G4

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    I don't want the extra weight/space that a card reader would take up either for exactly the same reason - which cards do you go for? I have a couple of readers for my PCI slot on my Powerbook which does make life easier but I like the flexibility rather than having multiple slots there permanently.

    What I'd like to see is a mini-tablet area on the wrist pad area of the Powerbook and a stylus hidden in the side somewhere. If I've got the Powerbook on my lap, I don't have space for a Wacom tablet - having one built-in would be awesome...
     
  5. thequicksilver macrumors 6502a

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    Multiple mouse buttons and just maybe even a hard drive activity light.
     
  6. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    Maybe an even tinier laptop... for the ultimate in portability.
     
  7. mahashel macrumors 6502

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    So long as it doesn't create bulk or damage asthetics..
    Fuel cells for the portables.

    From what I've heard, they're still unwieldy to refuel; but I think this tech will improve rapidly and change the portable market in the near future. It would be awesome if Apple could iron it out early-on to make it hip and seamless.
     
  8. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Customizable lid/casing for the iBooks making it easy to personalize it (not unlike all those changeable covers you get for a lot of mobile phones).

    If there were a way to design your own, all the better... :)

    Edit:
    That would be VERY nice... :)
     
  9. iGary Guest

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    A TWO BUTTON...

    Uh..

    For window to actually fill the screen when you hit maximize.
     
  10. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Swiveling laser turret that mounts on top of the iBook and connects via Firewire, like an iSight. I guess I'd want it in white, but I'm willing to compromise for Aluminum if it dissipates heat more readily. :D
     
  11. AmericanIdiot12 macrumors regular

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    maybe you missed it but you might want to check out the mighty mouse

    or maybe you want them to bundle it with macs...yah that might be a good idea *cough* apple..
     
  12. AmericanIdiot12 macrumors regular

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    maybe you missed it but you might want to check out the mighty mouse

    or maybe you want them to bundle it with macs...yah that might be a good idea *cough* apple..

    sometimes i think apple is run by idiots

    edit: accidentally reposted bc i wanted to add that last part
     
  13. paleck macrumors 6502a

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    Put a serial port on the powerbooks. It's the only thing that is currently stopping me from getting a powerbook right now. Only reason I need to have it is to connect to routers/switches on their console port.
     
  14. thequicksilver macrumors 6502a

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    I should have specified: multiple mouse buttons on portables.
     
  15. EasyB macrumors member

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    easily removable HD

    On my Powerbook - An easily removable harddrive like my old Dell Insperon has. That way when the computer goes in for service, I just pull out my HD!
     
  16. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    You mean a 9-pin DSUB? :eek: Please god, for the rest of us, no. :p :D

    I guess though, what works works.... Are serial ports even common on Windows notebooks anymore? And can't you get some kind of USB adaptor that would be relatively low-impact?
     
  17. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    hmmm www.macskinz.com??? and colorware.com does custom printing... :rolleyes:
     
  18. mkubal macrumors 6502a

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    I wish they could come up with some way for me to listen to my music on the go. Hmmm.... :D

    But seriously, better graphics card support.
     
  19. HydroMan macrumors 6502

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    Sorry but to be super efficient it will have to be in matt black, white would be the worst in dissipating heat, but on a more positive note white would be better in reflecting any radiating waves of energy :) .
     
  20. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    True, but I think if I cared about super-efficiency over style, I wouldn't choose a Mac to go underneath my swiveling laser turret! :p

    Now I'm trying to remember what the exterior casing on the higher powered air cooled lasers in my old lab looked like... :rolleyes:

    I want a blue laser beam, though, to match the lights on my phone. *goes to pick out the right lasing material*
     
  21. zap2 macrumors 604

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    an "ebook"


    12'' starting at 599 and 14'' starting at 799
    1.25GHz PowerPC G4
    256MB memory (DDR333 SDRAM)
    ATI Mobility Radeon 9550
    32MB DDR video memory
    30GB Ultra ATA hard drive ( or 60gb on BTO)
    Combo Drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)( Super Drive can be on BTO)
    Built-in AirPort Extreme
     
  22. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    I don't want a skin, and colorware is nice, but very permanent... I want to change it at a whim... ;)

    Wasn't there some rumors about a patent for a customizable casing, that could be changed with software...?
     
  23. HydroMan macrumors 6502

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    Yes I agree red is just so passé :D
     
  24. jrv3034 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, they should engineer us some lower prices.

    But I'd also settle for more frequent updates.;)

    Seriously, though, I'd love to see a BookMini at $599. And one of those super-keyboards where the keys are all mini-OLED screens that can change into whatever configuration you'd want.

    I think it'd be cool if they released a Pro keyboard that could do that, and have a built-in click wheel like the iPod, to be used as a jog/shuttle controller for Final Cut Pro and other programs. That'd be cool.
     
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