With no MBA update today, what's your plans? Wait or buy something else?

No MBA update, what's your plans?

  • Wait

    Votes: 80 67.2%
  • Buy a different Mac notebook

    Votes: 8 6.7%
  • Sony Z

    Votes: 15 12.6%
  • Lenovo x201.301

    Votes: 3 2.5%
  • a different ultraportable, (what kind?)

    Votes: 3 2.5%
  • iPad

    Votes: 10 8.4%

  • Total voters
    119

dudup

macrumors regular
May 28, 2008
172
0
São Paulo, Brazil
I have a MBA Rev. C (2.13ghz, 128 GB SSD model) that I love. Love. Really love.

It's been my main and only machine since July. For both home and work. I use it with 24" full hd displays and it's amazing. It's a very reliable machine. The only annoyance I have is HD flash video playback (I hate Flash, grrr).

Before that, I used to have a Rev. A and a 24" iMac, but when I started to use my own machine at work, I decided to sell the iMac and buy a more powerful macbook, since my most powerful machine was idling at home. I went for a 15" MBP but couldn't get used to it, and after a month I've switched to this Rev. C MBA.

Recently I've received a new MacBook (policarbonate unibody) at work. Great machine, I admit. Very fair for the price, specially here in Brazil.

But the point is: since then, my MBA is quiet at home. And I'm buying an iPad next week, which will probably address most of my usage at home, which is very light.

So today, after these updates, I've just bought a 27" Core i5 iMac, which's gonna be my primary machine. The iPad probably is gonna my mobile machine between work and home.

I'll probably keep the MBA as my DJing machine, with a very light OS X installation and music files. Just that. Problem is, I'll be changing my setup very soon and I'll be in need of 2 usb ports -- a real shame if you ask me. So maybe I'll trade it for a cheaper 13" MBP (or even a MB).

To me, the ideal duo is now a powerful desktop for content creation purposes, and an iPad for content consumption. I'll be keeping a laptop only because I'm a DJ, and my current setup demands it. But I have a strong belief that sooner or later I'll have an iPad-based setup.

If there were a new, more powerful MBA, i'd probably would bought in place of the iMac.
 

entatlrg

macrumors 68040
Original poster
Mar 2, 2009
3,375
3
Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
I have a MBA Rev. C (2.13ghz, 128 GB SSD model) that I love. Love. Really love.

It's been my main and only machine since July. For both home and work. I use it with 24" full hd displays and it's amazing. It's a very reliable machine. The only annoyance I have is HD flash video playback (I hate Flash, grrr).

Before that, I used to have a Rev. A and a 24" iMac, but when I started to use my own machine at work, I decided to sell the iMac and buy a more powerful macbook, since my most powerful machine was idling at home. I went for a 15" MBP but couldn't get used to it, and after a month I've switched to this Rev. C MBA.

Recently I've received a new MacBook (policarbonate unibody) at work. Great machine, I admit. Very fair for the price, specially here in Brazil.

But the point is: since then, my MBA is quiet at home. And I'm buying an iPad next week, which will probably address most of my usage at home, which is very light.

So today, after these updates, I've just bought a 27" Core i5 iMac, which's gonna be my primary machine. The iPad probably is gonna my mobile machine between work and home.

I'll probably keep the MBA as my DJing machine, with a very light OS X installation and music files. Just that. Problem is, I'll be changing my setup very soon and I'll be in need of 2 usb ports -- a real shame if you ask me. So maybe I'll trade it for a cheaper 13" MBP (or even a MB).

To me, the ideal duo is now a powerful desktop for content creation purposes, and an iPad for content consumption. I'll be keeping a laptop only because I'm a DJ, and my current setup demands it. But I have a strong belief that sooner or later I'll have an iPad-based setup.

If there were a new, more powerful MBA, i'd probably would bought in place of the iMac.
That's all good as you like to work from your desk.

Many of us like to do content creation away from desk/office and do it on an up to date powerful ultra portable ... Apple stepped out of that category today.
 

Manatee

macrumors 6502a
Oct 20, 2003
526
76
Washington DC
I'll just keep carrying my 13" MBP until (if) there's an update to the Air. I've already promised my current Rev A Air to a nephew since I don't use it anymore.

I'm fine with most of the specs on the current (Rev C) Air, but I won't buy until it has 4GB RAM. Non-OS-X machines really aren't an option, although the competition's hardware specs reminds me how incredibly far behind Apple is with the Air.
 

gglockner

macrumors 6502
Nov 25, 2007
403
3
Bellevue, WA
+1 dudup.

If you want to do 'serious content creation' while on the road, get the new refreshed MacBook Pro. It's going to be a great machine, especially if you upgrade to an SSD. It's only a matter of time until the Core i5 reaches the 13" model. In the meantime, if you really need that much power, you'll probably appreciate the larger screen of the 15" model anyway.
 

Huubster

macrumors regular
Mar 1, 2010
119
16
I was willing to wait until June.

After analyzing the 13" MBP upgrade I've changed my mind. If the Rev D MBA specs were the same as the "next level" MBP I would be disappointed. And even the 13" MBP falls waaaay short of what has been predicted in this forum.

Vaio Z even outclasses "the next level" 13" and 15" MBP's. And probably also the expensive 17" one! And all that in the package of a 13" ultra portable.

No brainer for me. Just ordered my Vaio Z. Too bad for loosing OS X, but a modern dashboard in an old lousy car doesn't make sense to me.

Bye bye Apple.
 

drjsway

macrumors 6502a
Jan 8, 2009
936
2
The VAIO Z is much thicker than even the MBPs. If you would be happy with a VAIO Z, the MBA was not for you in the first place.
 

Synchromesh

macrumors 6502a
Jul 15, 2009
578
48
SF
Actually I plan to do nothing. I don't need any more power than my current MBA has to offer so there is not point getting something else for a long time. Hopefully won't have to even consider upgrading the laptop for another year or so.
 

Huubster

macrumors regular
Mar 1, 2010
119
16
The VAIO Z is much thicker than even the MBPs. If you would be happy with a VAIO Z, the MBA was not for you in the first place.
Wrong logic. If it were an even much thinner pocket calculator your argument could still be used.

Weight is the same and makes it almost as easily portable as the MBA for me.

Having said that, the high end Vaio Z is even faster (on paper) than the more expensive 17" MBP. And almost as portable as a MBA...WOW! That's what I call "the next level"
 

drjsway

macrumors 6502a
Jan 8, 2009
936
2
Wrong logic. If it were an even much thinner pocket calculator your argument could still be used.

Weight is the same and makes it almost as easily portable as the MBA for me.

Having said that, the high end Vaio Z is even faster (on paper) than the more expensive 17" MBP. And almost as portable as a MBA...WOW! That's what I call "the next level"
The VAIO Z is twice as thick as the MBA and thicker than any laptop Apple has made in years. Weight is only half of portability. I can fit more books in my bag if they were half as thin.

A big part of what makes the MBA so enjoyable to use is its slimness. The bulk of my wife's MB makes it less comfortable to use, on a desk or on my lap. And the VAIO Z is even thicker.
 

tigres

macrumors 601
The VAIO Z is twice as thick as the MBA and thicker than any laptop Apple has made in years. Weight is only half of portability. I can fit more books in my bag if they were half as thin.

A big part of what makes the MBA so enjoyable to use is its slimness. The bulk of my wife's MB makes it less comfortable to use, on a desk or on my lap. And the VAIO Z is even thicker.
Yes that is all true, however the meaning of his post (I think) was that
the MBA was passed over today. He moved on, and I don't blame him; he needed a portable and gave the business to Sony. Too bad for Apple.
 

sturmnacht

macrumors member
Oct 24, 2006
57
0
I thing the reason of Vaio Z being thicker is the optical drive.
Nope. It's the battery bulge. Without the bulge, the Z would have been a sliver over an inch thick.

The optical drive is within the area of the Vaio Z where the thickness is tapering off to .93".
 

gwsat

macrumors 68000
Apr 12, 2008
1,920
0
Tulsa
I have wanted a very lightweight machine for Web browsing and email for sometime. I had eliminated the iPad because of it's well known limitations. I really wanted a MBA if it's RAM was upgraded enough to let me run Fusion and Windows 7 in Unity mode. Unfortunately, that didn't happen today so I got an iPad instead. It isn't a real computer so my MBP has to still be nearby. Nevertheless the iPad is off to a pretty good start. Better yet, it cost less than a third of what I would have had to pay for a MBA.
 

Fraaaa

macrumors 65816
Mar 22, 2010
1,081
0
London, UK
If the MBA will come with some nice features I'll buy one this september otherwise I'll probably just stick with my MacBook C2D '08.

I'll buy an iPad anyway.
 

mymoon

macrumors newbie
Jul 22, 2008
13
0
Waiting, as I continue using my almost 3-year-old 15" 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo MBP

I have been using my MBP heavily for almost 3 years and even though it still works like a charm I realize that my needs probably match the MBA more. My wife is pushing me -- yes, I have a green light and some -- to replace my MBP and I was hoping for the same MBA refresh yesterday that many of you wished for.

I'm willing to wait. If no such refresh happens by the end of June of this year, however, I'll need to consider the new 13" or 15" MBP. They're great machines for sure, but I would be disappointed to make such a decision without also having to seriously consider a refreshed MBA with at least >RAM and larger SSD options.

I'm even thinking of ordering one of the SSDs with the MBP. Thoughts on this? :confused:
 

theLimit

macrumors 6502a
Jan 30, 2007
928
1
up tha holler, acrost tha crick
I'm still waiting on an Air update, but in the meantime I picked up a 2.13 GHz Air for at a 30% discount locally. I've never had a laptop smaller than 15" and ~6 lbs, so I may get spoiled by the form factor of the Air. This will also give me a chane to see if I can work within the limitations or if I need to upgrade to a 13" Pro.
 

gri

macrumors 6502a
Jul 17, 2004
811
114
New York City, aka Big Apple
I have been using my MBP heavily for almost 3 years and even though it still works like a charm I realize that my needs probably match the MBA more. My wife is pushing me -- yes, I have a green light and some -- to replace my MBP and I was hoping for the same MBA refresh yesterday that many of you wished for.

I'm willing to wait. If no such refresh happens by the end of June of this year, however, I'll need to consider the new 13" or 15" MBP. They're great machines for sure, but I would be disappointed to make such a decision without also having to seriously consider a refreshed MBA with at least >RAM and larger SSD options.

I'm even thinking of ordering one of the SSDs with the MBP. Thoughts on this? :confused:
Same here, including the green light (but my MBP is now 4 years old). MBA would fit my needs perfectly and complement the MP in the office. I am getting a refurbished 1.86 one now - and if the new one comes out this will be passed to my wife or sold. Reasoning is that I need one now for some heavy traveling coming up. If a new one comes out soon good, but I have at least used a MBA for the time I need it. If it doesn't (or is EOL'd) I at least have one.
 

stewie1

macrumors member
Feb 23, 2010
97
4
My first instinct was to wait. Then I said "screw it, I've been waiting since last fall." Then I looked at the thin and light alternatives... all involving tradeoffs I didn't want to make. Okay, so I priced out a 13" MBP... have it sitting in my cart right now. But then I wondered whether I'd regret the purchase... there is something about the MBA form factor that I love. I just want one. I just closed the deal on a used 1.8 128gb ssd with a wackload of accessories for just over a grand. Nervous about not having a warranty or Apple Care on it, but excited to pick it up tomorrow. I'm certain to enjoy it more than the MBP, it will be a great travel companion.
 

entatlrg

macrumors 68040
Original poster
Mar 2, 2009
3,375
3
Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
The VAIO Z is much thicker than even the MBPs. If you would be happy with a VAIO Z, the MBA was not for you in the first place.
That's not too accurate a comment imo. What's your point?

Weight and footprint on desk are more of a determining factor than thick thickness !! .... if my 13" MBP weighed 3 pounds, who'd care about it's thickness ... the Mac Book Air also wouldn't exist.

I have a 13" MBP and a MBA and I've ordered a Z to try out. It is a powerful machine, as or more powerful than the 13 and 15" MBP's with a weight of 3 pounds as with the Air and a very small footprint ... thickness doesn't become much of a factor now does it ... unless you're trying to stuff it in a envelope.