Macbook Air

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I know that this isn't about food, but damn I'm pissed and my friend Jason is right on about his criticisms of their new product.

This is from Jason

This is what I wrote on one of my favorite forums.

I know, I know, it's dangerous to predict that Apple will fail at anything (critics were harsh on the first Ipod, Lolwut). But this, is ridiculous: http://www.apple.com/macbookair/features.html

$700 more for *way* less features than a damned macbook? Oh, and $900 for a solid state drive that's *smaller* than the standard one? This is the first time I've ever seen an Apple product (since I started paying attention to them), and flat out said "no fucking way".

The whole damned thing is one big product purchase trap. From the website--


"Ahead of the curve.

In redefining thin, MacBook Air has shed something you no longer need: the optical drive. That's because MacBook Air is built for the wireless world. So instead of watching DVDs, you can rent movies wirelessly from the iTunes Store. And instead of backing up files to a stack of discs, you can back up files wirelessly using Apple's new Time Capsule.

However, for those times when you still need to install software on MacBook Air from a CD or DVD, a new feature called Remote Disc lets you wirelessly use or "borrow" the optical drive of a Mac or PC in the vicinity. So you can have full access to an optical drive without having to haul one around. "

Great, let's break that down.

1. Renting movies from the apple store? Awesome, or I could bit torrent them instead of picking through the music store's completely uninteresting collection (movies are the worst feature of ITMS right now, IMHO). Oh, but bittorrent can take anywhere from a few minutes to days. Thanks, apple.

2. Time capsule? I just spent $1700 on this fucking thing, now I have to buy one more thing? Awesome, thanks

3. Remote disc? Yes, that will work, cause everyone on earth will just let me install shit on their computer, no questions.

I'm already annoyed at apple today after hearing that they will charge Ipod touch users another $20 for the mail, weather, and stock apps, while letting *new* ipod touch owners get them pre-installed. What the fuck kind of shit is that?

I think I will have the 8in Eee pc if I want an ultra thin, and save myself $1000 (read that again....$1000).

This is *just* a dumb, poorly thought out product.

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