No Mac Air @ Apple Retail Store?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Bokes, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. Bokes macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
    Just got back from the Apple store upper west side NYC. They had a TON of ipads on display along with macpros and iphones, etc. They only had one lonely macpro- powered off- getting no love.

    What was odd- unless I missed it- I did not see one Mac Air on display....?

    IMO- I can see Apple doing away with the Air in favor of the ipad with an optional dockable keypad.
  2. intellivision macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2010
  3. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    In the stores I've been to, there is usually only one Air on display, next to the white MacBooks. :confused:
  4. halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    as stated repeatedly in other threads, the iPad is not a substitute for the Air (or any other notebook for that matter) if for no other reason than it don't run Mac OSX. :rolleyes:

    neither is the Air destined for EOL.

    what you will see is a significant refresh (and also in the 13" MBPro) when a suitable combination of CPU and GPU, acceptable to Apple, is available.
    for that, read early 2011 at soonest. ;)
  5. thinkdesign macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2010
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    At the Upper West Side store in NYC, did you look in the basement? Last I saw, that's where the laptops were. The upstairs space with the glass roof, is too bright and glare-y to look at anything.... except the very bright screens of phones and ipads on those tables that are in the shadow of the south wall. Unless it's a cloudy day. (What WAS that architect thinking?)
  6. mangrove macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    FL, USA
    +1, since I own both.
  7. thinkdesign macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2010
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    The refurb store no longer has the $1349. 1.86 ghz 128 SSD Rev. B model. I beleive that this omission may be the first time, this year.

    I know... I'm looking too hard for hopeful clues. A debut of Rev. D next spring or summer doesn't work for me (Sept. or Oct. 2010 does).... nor does buying Ev. C and then rebuying it the next year. Where are the leaks, when you need them?
  8. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    I love to read things into everything that Apple does... most of the time, it doesn't yield any actual insight... but it does add more speculation and guesswork on our behalves.

    I was thinking about my "guesswork" on the MBA. I really don't see any reason for Apple to wait for Sandy Bridge. It isn't going to use that worthless IGP. Therefore, the Core i7-6x0LM low voltage CPUs paired with an ATI 5430 GPU is perfection and could be delivered any time now.

    Why wouldn't Apple want to have one brand new freshly updated Mac for the holiday season. It also has to be an example of what the next 13" MBP/MB will have component/spec-wise. For example, I can see the following MBAs...

    Liquidmetal and carbon fiber design. New case shape that allows more cooling room yet is thinner in the thick parts and thicker in the thin parts. As long as Apple comes in under .65" thick, and at 3 lb. most of us would be ecstatic.

    I believe, as I have been saying for 18+ months, that the MBA will be the first Mac notebook introduced with an IPS (or some other tech) display. I mean, they could use a 3D display or could go OLED at some point. But there will be something different about the displays that set Macs apart from PCs.

    I also think it's safe to assume that Apple will cease soldering RAM to the board. I feel there if there is a way to get two RAM slots in there, they will at all cost. It is a big upsell to make an extra $300 selling us RAM. Now, more than ever, people want the RAM upgrade, and 4 GB is a std. size that's acceptable. With two RAM slots, Apple can easily allow us the upgrade.

    I really feel like a Verizon 4G/3G data card will be integrated into the MBA first. There is no reason Apple hasn't done this across the board with its Mac notebook line. The MBA should be the flagship Mac that introduces the Verizon partnership that will follow with all Mac notebooks and iOS products (including the fifth generation iPod Touch).

    Some other no brainers... glass trackpad... but I want them to take it a step further, and I have sent this to Jobs. Make the glass trackpad into an LCD and allow people to run iOS on it and it to control the desktop. So people can select what they want to do on the desktop without touching their desktop and while having a touch method rather than mouse pointer. This is going to happen, it's just a matter of when. I sent Jobs an email about this a year ago, six months ago, and again last month... any day now, Jobs will talk about his "vision" and I won't care that it was actually my vision... I just want the damn feature.

    I also want aluminum capped keyboards. I hate the feel of the plastic keys after as it's one of the two surfaces we actually touch. Either they need to use the glass/ceramic used in the iPhone or aluminum to make it feel as "silky smooth" as the glass trackpad feels.

    Last but not least... let's talk about the SATA drive... SSD... and drive controller. I want to go beyond SATA-II. We are already seeing 2.5" drives that saturate the bandwidth capabilities of the SATA-II drive controller. Sure, we know we're getting 1.8" Toshiba SSDs (they were changed in the current MBAs), but we need more than just a faster SSD. We need a drive controller that will allow us to speed up our MBAs in two years with a drive that outperforms the current SATA-II drive controller.

    I am thinking we're at 40% MBA update in October/Early November, 50% MBA update in Q1 2011, and 10% later update or EOL. Hell, it has to comes soon. The rumors aren't simply guesswork, they are just telling us something is happening and it takes a lot longer than we think to get those products to us.

    Who else wants to make crazy guesses at what happens next? Who else wants to guess what is in there? Where is the office pool?
  9. Adidas Addict macrumors 65816

    Adidas Addict

    Sep 9, 2008
    I think they will probably have had this 'vision' in their R&D labs long before you made it yours ;)
  10. Jayomat macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2009
    not too unsual as far as I know
  11. Jayomat macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2009
    Why the hell would they ship a 3d display in the air? no blueray, but a 3d display in the only mac that comes without a superdrive and has only a 13" display? I don't see this coming at all.
  12. thinkdesign macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2010
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    Scottsdale: You suggested it, but did you do it in a way that Jobs would think it's his own idea? You know what they say about "The 'it's not my idea' syndrome" :eek:
  13. thinkdesign macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2010
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    P.S. (Scottsdale et al): What do you think of the rumor just posted on another MR thread, of John Gruber on 5x5tv saying October?

    I'm riding in a bus, and thanks to the neverending joy of software, I can't get the video to play on my phone. Maybe somebody will put it up on youtube?

    Gruber often seems to be if not connected, at least eerily in synch with Apple's spin, and/or details. Or is he just reading the same DigiTimes & Barrons rumors we are, with no additional insider info?

    Whatever happened to that guy a few months ago, who posted here and sounded like an Apple publicist... spinning at so many RPM, he almost had to have heard that alternately vague and chiselled promo-type language from a highly-placed insider?

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