The Concept of MacBook Air and the Pain of Early Adoption

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by edwardjung, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. edwardjung macrumors newbie

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    I received my MacBook Air in the first shipment. I saw the concept as being "air", as in "not wired." As such the lack of ports made sense conceptually. In practice, a pain, but that's the pain we early adopters seem to crave. :)

    (A secondary thing with the SSD and no optical drive was: "no moving parts." Even the multitouch trackpad is the first time I've decided to go without a mouse, another annoying moving part gone.)

    The Air concept is very interesting to me. In the next few years chips will be commonly available to support wireless USB, wireless display port (think HDMI), and wireless expansion bus (UWB); chips for wireless broadband (WiMax and 3G) and wireless audio and peripherals (Bluetooth) are already available. There is even interesting work in wireless power delivery. Increasingly applications will be delivered over the air and via solid state memory -- rotating media is dying. The point is that future Air's could have fewer and fewer ports until a day when it is pretty much sealed and very durable, modulo cooling.

    Much like the evolution of the original Mac, PowerBooks, and so on, the early adopters get a bum deal -- we have to suffer the compromised vision, the painful lessons of the market, the slings and arrows of revision A firmware, and so on. But we must love it, because we continue to buy the latest and greatest. Our complaints are part of market feedback to Apple...

    The MacBook Air is pretty much exactly what I expected: overpriced, underpowered, chock full of compromises, and a bit buggy; and dealing with the space limitations of the SSD and the single USB port reminds me of the days of the 128k Mac with floppy swapping. But it is also sleek, cool, visionary, and the start of something important. It takes a stand at starting the "Air" interface to the world and the rejection of moving parts. It takes guts and a rabid willing audience to launch something this compromised -- Apple did it's part, will we do ours? ;-)

    ...though the moving part I'd most like to get rid of is the FAN!
     
  2. clayj macrumors 604

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    Edward, well said.

    I too am interested in seeing where this is going. I went for the SSD in order to avoid moving parts (I've had enough hard drive failures, thank you very much), and I like that the MBA really is down to just one, the fan. Using fans for cooling will only go away when someone develops a practical thermal superconductor which can be used to pipe heat away from the CPU and channel it into the case, which has a huge radiating surface area... I think diamond fiber might be good for this, but it's probably kind of expensive to use in this manner.

    More wireless options will become available in the future, no doubt. Charging via induction is already available at a consumer level, so it's only a matter of time before your Apple notebook comes with a "charging pad" that you just rest the notebook on when you're ready to charge it. The charging pad would probably also have wired Ethernet connections, video connections, etc., so putting your notebook down on the pad would instantly connect you to your display and network.

    There will likely be a time when the only "desktop PC" you will have in your house is a dumb server (a la Windows Home Server) which will serve up all of your files... the computer will be your notebook, and you'll take it with you to work (work and home functions will be compartmentalized), on vacation, etc. Universal file access will be a given, since most everyone will have a broadband connection and setting up a notebook and server to talk to each other will be simply a matter of setting a few settings.

    I'm kind of at this point already... I've got my home network set up to allow me secure access to all of my files from my MBA from *anywhere*, as long as I can access the Internet. I've got my e-mail accessible 24/7 using iPhone and Entourage/Exchange, and I can even watch TV remotely.
     
  3. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    Too boldly go where no man has gone before......
     
  4. clayj macrumors 604

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    To boldly split infinitives that no man has split before... :rolleyes:
     
  5. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    hmmm, infinitives...and I've gone and split them.

    shame
     
  6. clayj macrumors 604

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    Blame Gene Roddenberry... not only for the split infinitives, but also for envisioning all kinds of cool gadgetry in that little TV show of his.
     
  7. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    Ok this bugs me a bit

    "To boldly go" is wrong, but " To go, boldly" is correct?

    It may be grammatically correct but the imagery of the first is more effective.

    It may be be a deliberate abuse.
     
  8. clayj macrumors 604

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    Yes, it is technically incorrect from a grammatical perspective to split an infinitive ("to [verb]") by putting anything between the "to" and the verb. That said, yes, the imagery is more effective when you say "to boldly go" rather than "to go boldly".

    Of course, you're also supposed to never use a preposition to end a sentence with. :p
     
  9. eRondeau macrumors 6502a

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    Good post. It makes you really appreciate Apple's technology when you consider that the thing that limits the smallness as much as anything else, is the size of the USB port. It's unfortunate that Bluetooth hasn't yet achieved its potential that way. Every device that gets data via USB, really should be able to get it via Bluetooth as well.
     
  10. edwardjung thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Post was correct

    The actual post was "Too boldly go..." [emphasis added], which I thought was both clever AND grammatically correct. The point being that we early adopters were excessive in our desire to go beyond...
     
  11. edwardjung thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Per my post: Wireless USB, baby! 480 mbps over short range, uses UWB. My bet: two more versions of the MacBook Air and we'll get there.
     

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