More MacBook Air Details and Notes

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by MacRumors, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    - MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro photos - side by side.
    - The MacBook Air battery will be a $129 replacement, requiring Apple to replace it.
    - Walt Mossberg (video) first impressions of MacBook Air
    - More high quality photos: Appleinsider, ThinkSecret
    - How long will a SSD drive last? - up to 51 years for a 64GB SSD and 12.9 years for 160GB SSD, longer than the average replacement cycle for storage.
    - Multitouch video demo and control panel screenshots
    - Guided Tour is available on

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  2. Antares macrumors 68000


    Nice comparison. That really shows the visual differences between the two. And I had no idea an SSD could last that long. That's longer than a regular hard drive would typically last.
  3. FoxyKaye macrumors 68000


    Jan 23, 2004
    Livermore, Terre d'Ange, Bas Lag, Gallifrey
    Waiting for the take-apart photos and video. It's all fine to line it up next to a MBP, but let's take it apart! Someone with a set of torx: let's make this happen!
  4. Unspeaked macrumors 68020


    Dec 29, 2003
    West Coast

    The future of Apple portables...?
  5. slffl macrumors 65816


    Mar 5, 2003
    Seattle, WA
  6. tbobmccoy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I seriously doubt it. I think there would be an Apple riot on their hands if they try this tactic with the next MBP. I'll be seriously pissed, at least :mad:

    edit: forgot to include the "future" i interpreted there was the $129 apple-only replaceable battery. whoops.
  7. Slip macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2007
    Wiltshire, England
    The visual comparison really does show off how stupidly thin it is. And the MBP's not thick either ;)
  8. yoak macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    But it´s rather large when put on top of a MBP.
    I thought it would be smaller
  9. Unspeaked macrumors 68020


    Dec 29, 2003
    West Coast
    Maybe not the next revision, but somewhere down the road, you figure Apple would make everything as thin as this if they could.

    The question is, does Apple prefer the non user replaceable battery or are they forced to use it because they couldn't find a workaround?

    I would guess the latter, but looking at the iPods, it seems like they could have easily developed a user replaceable battery for those by now (it's been a very similar form factor for years) but still prefer you to go to the Apple Store, mail it in, etc.
  10. Diversion macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2007
    Jacksonville, Florida
    It's the same dimensions as the MacBook sans being much thinner. Which is unfortunate, tired of the huge bezel around the screen/keyboard area.. they could have shaved more off.. or maybe not, depends on how large the motherboard is inside.
  11. Stampyhead macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
    Go for it...
  12. officerdick macrumors regular

    May 4, 2006
    Hope someone hacks the multi-touch software so i can get it on my MBP.
    It should be possible hardware wise.
  13. porky macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2003
    The question is, do I have to wait for new MBP or not... I think the current models are too expensive for what you get ... But I don't want to wait another 6 months... If the videocard and the harddrive of the AIR was higher, i would have bought the AIR... But now I don't know
  14. Mac21ND macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2007

    I can see arguments for and against the built in battery, but not being an Engineer, I'm curious if having a 'built-in' battery versus a user replaceable battery gives the consumer any real advantage (outside of designing a thinner device)?
  15. happydude macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2006
    a gasping dying planet
    man, i'm tempted. i've been waiting a long time for the next equivalent to the 12"PB . . . and while this thing looks awesome, it isn't what I was hoping for, at least not enough to drop $1800 getting one. sad day, i guess. at least i'll be getting an iphone in feb/march!!

    i think what needs to be underscored in all the macbook air discussion is how this is a revolutionary step forward in the design of apple's laptops. i'm sure in the not too distant future, most, if not all will be similarly as thin. the R&D that went into this will surely be applied to future laptops, ipods, iphones, etc. makes me wonder what iphone 2 will look like . . .:D:apple::D
  16. Mac21ND macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2007
    Agreed. I think we're already seeing how the R&D that went into the iPod and iPhone is really impacting Apple's laptops. With all the discussion, and complaints, about what the MacBook Air isn't - what it IS is still amazing.
  17. zelet macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2003
    Anybody know of Apple's history of updating the MBP? I need to replace my old-as-dirt 12" Powerbook and want to wait for the multi-touch track pad.

    Is it possible they will release an update in the next 2 months? And is it even remotely possible they they will release a 13" MBP with a decent number of ports, dedicated graphics, and an optical drive? The MBA is awesome - but not what I need.
  18. ricosuave macrumors 6502


    Mar 27, 2007
    In front of my mac
    Air Server?

    Steve showed us the inside of this thing. Without the HD and battery, it is essentially a video card sized complete computer.

    I wonder what one could do putting in say 14 of these air cards in this enclosure...


    Mmmm, yummm.
  19. Danksi macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2005
    Nelson, BC. Canada
    Replacement Battery

    I wonder if there's a market for an 'extender' battery pack for the MBA (or other Macbooks) - similar to those available for the iPod.

    Not an external replacement, but something that you could connect to the Mag-safe (or maybe even the USB) for extended periods, where there's no power.

    Would seem a better option than replacing your internal battery, as you wouldn't need to shutdown - you could just connect the extender-pack and keep working.

  20. MacRoom macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Confirmed - MacBook Air Processor is 45nm Merom

    Just off the show floor where I finally got confirmation from an Apple employee the MacBook Air Processor is a 45nm Merom 2 years in the making. So much for early Penryn options. It's Mac Pro or nothing. :D
  21. abijnk macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I've never been around for an apple product release (yeah, I'm that much of a newb) so, when will we see these things in the Apple stores to play with? Would they be there now? I live a couple hours away from my closest store, so I need to know when to plan my visit. :D
  22. MrGouda macrumors member

    May 15, 2007
    Looking at the black keys on the MBA makes me think about the new iMac. I find this amusing because they decided not to have black keys on the iMac's keyboard, but instead used white keys. I remember someone from Apple saying their focus groups didn't like the look of black keys or something?

    But they went ahead and used black keys on the MBA anyways. I don't see why they didn't use the black keys on the iMac's keyboard. They actually look great and would match the iMac perfectly.
  23. mcvaughan macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2007
    Houston, TX
    I'm such a sucker for new technology. I bit the bullet.

    Looking forward to her arrival! :D
  24. izzle22 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2004
    Kansas City, Mazurah
    They will be in the stores in 2 weeks when they are available to the public.
  25. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    Mr Jobs, please remove your head from your arse. We need replaceable batteries.

    Not having a replaceable battery on an iPod is acceptable
    Not having a replaceable battery on an iPhone is very annoying
    Not having a replaceable battery on a laptop is unacceptable and down right idiotic

    I have had 7 replacement batteries in 2 laptops in 2 years. Obviously, they have some serious issues when it comes to having good batteries. Why does he think its ok to have a laptop that can't have its battery replaced by the user, and they charge $129 for a new one. This is going to kill most people who would purchase it for travel. I know many sales guys who carry extra batteries for everything from their phone, DVD player, laptop, etc. When I travel, I carry 2 batteries for my laptop.

    Its going to kill sales.

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