NOT Buying a new MBA? I am going to cancel my order tomorrow...

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by alpinadvl, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. alpinadvl macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2008
    I posted this in another thread.... but thought this deserved its own thread - for others to chime in and respond...

    I ordered a fully decked out 13.3 MBA at 12noon PST....

    and ..I am now reconsidering the purchase.... and will probably cancel tomorrow.

    I currently have a 2.13 MBA with 128SSD , 2gb.....

    the reason for the reconsideration is the following :

    1. No Backlit Keyboard

    2. Not as elegant as the current MBA (in terms of hiding all ports) for a clean look.

    3. No GSM/EVDO connectivity option (not a deal breaker) - but, if they were convinced enough to come out with an 11" MBA... I wouldn't be too surprised if this is in the works... especially with Verizon (CDMA) and AT&T announcing they will both be selling the iPad.

    4. Apple has made a clear indication that they are moving to a streaming and (more and more) "cloud based" ideology.... the next logical step would be making a Macbook PRO without an optical drive.... it's only logical.... to fit in with their AppleTV, iPad, iPhone, and wireless / Airplay connectivity.

    5. No case-machined "Power" button.... silly i know, but having a "power" keyboard button is so.... non-apple.

    6. No sleep indicator light (not a big deal)

    7. No infra-red (not a big deal....maybe this will be a "Pro" version)... or, this might just be supplanted by wifi controller (via Apple "Remote" App)

    8. No USB 3.0 --> not really a big deal for me... but Apple has always been on the frontlines of "good" technology... it is hard to deny the advantage of USB 3.0 (however, I wonder what that would require in terms of space sacrifice in the MBA).


    there is nothing "spectacular" for me...except the 4gb upgradeability, the all Flash system... and a nicer looking display.

    personally, in pictures.... the wedge shape looks weird... and has no "flair" to it.

    Also, I believe if you are connecting this to an apple cinema display (especially) if you have an 11" model - it will be a very awkward connection.. but the 13" should fair the same as the outgoing current model. I only mention this... because it was one of my simple "design gripes" - and I was surprised they didn't make the connectivity more "apple-like"


    I'm canceling my order for sure.
  2. ryannazaretian macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2008
    Just to let you know, #5 is totally Apple. Our first household Mac... Some Quadra machine, had the power button on the top right of the keyboard.


    But yea, I don't blame you. I agree with #1, #6, and $7. I didn't even know about #6 and #7.
  3. Macpowered macrumors member


    Feb 4, 2009
    I'm eating some salmon tikka with cucumber yoghurt for lunch...
  4. mattb79 macrumors member

    Aug 25, 2010
    Wow, that's a whole lot of anal retentive stuff to cancel an order over.

    I went into the store and checked it out, but I didn't buy one because I think it was looking at me funny.
  5. lbro macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2009
    I didn't buy a windows 7 phone because I can't afford it and the OS sucks.
  6. sparkie7 macrumors 68020


    Oct 17, 2008
    totally random. like FG :D
  7. sunburn macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2010
    I made a proposal on their website to order one for work mine says backlit keyboard.

    MacBook Air, 128GB Flash Hard Drive 1-3 business Z0JK $1,329.00 1 $1,329.00 $1,329.00
    Accessory Kit 065-9785
    Backlit Keyboard (English) / User's Guide 065-0284
    1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 065-0201
    128GB Flash Storage 065-9772
    4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM 065-9770
  8. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    I don't understand what you're talking about regarding the power button. All Mac laptops have a power button on the upper right.
  9. alpinadvl thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2008
    LOL !

    Yes... i admit the list is pretty anal-retentive stuff... but I said as much in the list.... however, keep in mind I have a Rev.C loaded MBA... so, in respect to that machine... there is not much driving me to the new one.

    We all know this "new" style MBA will get fleshed out in the next 2 revisions ! ;)

    In the interim... an iPad will serve my apple-trinket-new-gadget "needs"
  10. re2st macrumors regular

    May 2, 2007
    San Jose, CA
    Good one!
  11. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    i had see the add for the new 11.6 MBA and thought wow is that cute i want it
    999 dollars fine ,
    until i went on the website of Apple UK and found its 849 POUND, and until i thought , hang on , with a bit luck there is the current model MBA and some might even buy one of these new ones and get rid of their old one and with luck i find one which still has apple care on next year , buying at the moment would be stupid as most will now try to get near to the £849 to buy a new one as always when a new Apple product comes on the market the prices for the predecessor rise for about a half year before dropping again to a more realistic level :)
  12. jtmav macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2007
    I have the same machine, it was a free replacement for a failed Rev B. While the new Air seems a bit better, it just doesn't have enough to justify an upgrade for me. I do run VM Fusion on XP but not with any intense apps and it works fine. I am sure 4 GB RAM would be nice, but I don't get the beachball now at all. While it looks like they improved some of it, it came at a cost, some of which I think lessens the attractiveness especially the backlit keyboard. Doing away with that was enough to keep me in my Rev C for now.

  13. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    Step into the light. Seriously, all these claims about sunlight causing insta-melanoma are entirely overblown.

    This is actually WHY I decided to BUY this round of MBA's. I use a 'barely there' 32GB flash drive, always stays in the USB port. Now I can use it with the MBA as well. Couldn't do this with the old one.

    I have a Verizon MiFi. Thank god we didn't get yet ANOTHER built-in 3G radio in this round. With my MiFi one device delivers wifi to everything in my, iPad, MBA, MBP...whatever. If I had to keep up with a different 3G account on every device I owned, not only would that get expensive, it would be wasteful.

    Dropbox + aforementioned flash drive + AirVideo = Win. Cloud is the future...quit being such a luddite. Truthfully, Apple still hasn't quite capitalized enough on cloud-based services, but they are obviously moving closer in that direction.

    Correct. You are silly.

    Correct. No big deal.

    Plenty of workarounds to this already. Redundant port is redundant.

    Really the only thing on your list that has any merit. No Firewire and no USB3 means you are stuck with USB 2 and the cloud. Then again, see my comments about re: cloud and Apples long-range plans become self-evident.

    Understood, but stop this nonsense and just call it like it is. "Buyers Remorse" and "Apple Fail" ain't the same thing.
  14. animatedude macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2010
    huh? are you serious?
  15. epictempo macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2008
    Only one problem

    Your only problem is no BL. Get a usb led light, now that you have unhidden usb ports (now a pro not con).
  16. eddieaus macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2009
    it also says your CPU is 1.6Ghz, doesn't make any sense. FAKE!
  17. patrickdunn macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2009
    St. Louis, MO
    I would like to know as well...
  18. jrko macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2008
    Beside the seaside, beside the sea
    Why do we need to know what people are not buying? :confused:

    I'm not buying a mac pro because its got no built in screen (no biggy really)
    I'm not buying an apple TV because its not as powerful as my Mac mini
    I'm not buying an Apple 27inch screen because its not as big as my Dell 30inch screen
    I'm not buying an Apple Vesa mount because I have nothing to hang on it (see above re Apple screen)
    I'm not buying an Apple trackpad because its not as accurate as my tablet
    I'm not buying a macbook pro replacement battery because I don't own a macbook pro

    Start a new thread telling us about the virtues of your current MBA and make new MBA owners jealous that you have a sleep light :D
  19. MikePA macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2008
    Interestingly (at least I think so), there's a Refurbished MacBook Air 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 2 gigs memory and a 128 gig SSd in the refurb store for $1,099. Hmmm.
  20. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    My biggest concern is that they left out that little standby glow light.

    what a disaster.
  21. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Good for you, buy then don't buy. Who cares?

    The ******** you listed is just that with the exception of the backlit keyboard. Until you have had it you don't really get how great it is if you're a person that doesn't want to sit under a bunch of light all of the time (ie: bed). However, the day a ****ing IR port is a PRO feature is the day el steveo would deserve a cock punch.
  22. RememberMac macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2009
    Then why did you order it in the first place? Think before you buy man!!!!!!!!:rolleyes:
  23. 173080 macrumors 6502

    Aug 15, 2003
    No backlit keyboard? A plastic power button? Seriously?

    They're some of the things that make a Mac more luxurious than a PC.

    Apple is focusing too much on cutting costs to offer lower price points.

    I would pay extra for a machined power button and for a backlit keyboard. Even for a machined aluminum keyboard.

    The hidden ports on the original MBA were more elegant.
  24. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Good, I was about to ask the same question. I never understood why this wasn't the first question asked?
  25. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2008
    You can upgrade the proc in the 11.6" MBA from 1.4GHz to 1.6GHz for $100. FAIL! :rolleyes:

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