Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by L0s7man, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. L0s7man macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2009
    And I'm not referring to the screen! Where the hell is glass touchpad? If there is one thing that really makes a difference between Apple and everyone elseit's the damn glass touchpad and really good multitouch. It's just really nice to use, especially when you don't want / don't have the mouse around.

    Now, even the plastic Macbook got itself some glass. And MBA still didn't!

    I kind of think MBA isn't the greatest laptop (since it's not very versatile), but I am kind of tempted to buy one. Should fit my use pattern nicely -> sit in Starbucks, drink coffee, read research papers and write some code! And the nice experience of multitouch + glass is what would make this convenient.

    Odd. It baffles me.

    On the side: It's funny how Apple seems to be loosing consitency. Some screens are 16:10, now iMacs are 16:9; some laptops have the glare... er... glass, some don't. It's not even a matter of options -> there simply is no "base" for all of those computers ;-)
  2. still in school macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2009
    I honestly don't see what the big deal with the glass trackpad is. Doesn't even make a big difference for me. I take it from you saying it's not the greatest laptop and your stated usage, I don't think it's the right laptop for you.

    I on the other hand, think it's the best fkn laptop eveR!:cool:
  3. Josh396 macrumors 65816


    Oct 16, 2004
    Peoria/Chicago, IL
    I don't think its so much a lose of consistency as it is more of a change in their future offerings. I fully expect the next round of Display updates to be right around the corner and I'm sure they'll all follow the 16:9 ratio. Possibly screens in 21.5", 27" and 32" while dropping the 24" model. Although that last part is just a shot in the dark.

    As far as the glass / matte options on the screen, thats all it is, just an option. I'm sure Apple would love to have them all glass displays (especially since that's all they offered for a brief while on some of their laptops), but some users demanded a matte option.

    As far as the glass trackpad is concerned, I have no doubt at all that Apple plans on adding it to the MacBook Air, they're just waiting for the next refresh to do so. Although I don't ever plan on purchasing one, I'd like to see them add a few new features to help justify its high price point.
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I thought it was determined the MBAir's size was not conducive to the glass trackpad. There's little room for that. I could be wrong but it's been discussed here a number of times.
  5. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    I kind of fancy the button. No complaints at all about the trackpad and I even move between a glass and the MBA quite a bit.
  6. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

    Feb 5, 2008
    NYC - Manhattan
    When the MBA gets the glass trackpad and similar battery life to the MBP I will be back to using one.

    The glass trackpad is way better then the button.
  7. puma1552 macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    the engineering and r&d in the current mba dates back probably as far back as 2005/2006.

    the engineering behind the glass pad currently used likely dates back to 2007, which is already nearly three years old.

    the next air will have it.
  8. jnc macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2007
    Nunya, Business TX
    Why? I prefer the MBA's setup - multitouch plus button. There's something about having no clear button that makes dragging feel alien. It works how it should, it just throws you off a bit. I like the button being there.
  9. RichardF macrumors 6502a


    Oct 27, 2006
    New York City
    Remember when the MBA came out how big its trackpad looked compared to the other laptop models?
  10. musicpenguy macrumors 65816

    Oct 29, 2006
    Yea - it is a ginormous trackpad compared to the pre unibody Macbook Pros/Macbooks :)
  11. jnc macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2007
    Nunya, Business TX
    Only because the button's smaller :p
  12. mrgossett macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2008
    I use tap-to-click totally on my MBA, and never use the button at all. The MBA trackpad feels and works great for me, and I have no big desire for the glass one.
  13. GeekGirl* macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    I have the new white macbook love the glass pad.

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