The new MacBook Air
Marco Arment has a great post on Apple’s new computers and how they might be used by a variety of people. This post is exactly what I needed to read although it got me no closer to figuring out if I want one of these new computers. Scratch that. I want one of these new computers. I’m not sure exactly how it would fit into my life yet.
Here’s The new MacBook Air at Apple’s site.
If I got one it would be instead of an iPad because I want an iPad-like device with a built in keyboard.
Also, as Marco says, the Air isn’t powerful enough to be a sole computer for many people, especially those of us who need to run applications like Lightroom, Aperture, or Photoshop. It just doesn’t have the horsepower for that kind of work. So, do you go with a two computer setup: one for desktop use like an iMac or a 15″ MacBook Pro with a big screen and use the Air for travel, or, might you go with a 13″ MacBook Pro maxed out connected to a big screen that you can also travel more easily with.
The big screen is going to sit on your desk anyway so why not save some money and make that screen the actual computer (iMac). Makes sense and the iMac is cheaper, runs faster, and is more reliable than a portable computer because it’s got bigger faster components. AppleCare on an iMac is half the price of a MacBook Pro. However, doing this means that one’s workhorse computer is in one place and can’t easily move if one wants to do a lot of work in another room or another country. One needs a MacBook Pro for this and preferably, a 15″ model with a screen big enough to do real work on.
I flip flop on this daily: the iMac makes great sense, then I think about sitting in LA as I am now and whether I’d want an iPad or an Air here without all of my tools installed with an iMac at home. I do like having my now 2.5 year old 15″ MacBook Pro here with me. Still works quite well.
There is something very satisfying about having a portable computer as one’s main computer; being able to take it anywhere knowing that your entire setup is with you. I’ve worked like this for many years and a change from this would be tough for me.
And, one more thing… I am now using my iPhone4 for a lot of on the road reading of RSS feeds and emails and it’s working very well for that. So, the iPhone takes some of the pressure off of the need for an iPad or an Air. Not all the pressure, I’d still like to have this ultra portable Air with a full size keyboard, but I’m not absolutely sure I’d make great use of it.
Guess I’ll have to get over to an Apple store and do some serious playing and drooling. Stay tuned.
[via Daring Fireball]