There’s been a new update from Apple, where they have released their latest operating system, the OS X Lion, not to mention a new version of the Macbook Air. And no, I haven’t been paid to advertise Apple (more’s the pity), I’m just using Apple as an example.
Though, as I glanced upon the Apple website to see what was new with the Macbook Air, I realised something was missing. There seemed to be a laptop short in the options bar.
Apple have said goodbye to their “entry level” portable computer, the Macbook.
The same Macbook that I bought during my first year of university. So, maybe if I keep it for fifty years, I can sell it as an antique? What do you think?
To return to the point, it seems a great shame that they have decided to stop creating the Macbook. Not because I think that Mac based computers are better than Windows (as I use both regularly and like them both for various reasons), but because the new “entry based” Mac computer is now the smallest Macbook Air.
This machine has one thing the Macbook didn’t, and that is a optical disk drive. And that kind of annoys me.
I continued to read the Macbook Air’s specifications, and I stupmbled upon this in one of the sections.
“With the Mac App Store, getting the apps you want on your Mac has never been easier. No more boxes, no more discs, no more time-consuming installation. Click once to download and install any app on your Mac.”
For the first part, it’s more out of my inner internet based paranoia creeping in. I have no idea why, but I have linked using disks as more secure compared to the “new” downloading thing. Sure, downloading is easier than going out and buying a disk with the same content, but is it safer? I would personally rather go out of my wait to buy a disk containing the content I want than going online to receive it. At least if there’s a fault with it, you can definitely take the disk back for a refund or something. But yeah, feel free to correct my possible wrongness.
Another thing I rather dislike about the whole Macbook Air concept is the fact that (nearly) everything s done wirelessly, meaning that as long as you are connected to the internet, you can have anything you want instantly, and I really don’t like that. What happened to waiting? The whole concept of not getting something until you have enough money or time to buy and use the product?
Then again, isn’t that what the modern day is all about, to get everything as quick as possible? Yes, I may be thinking through a narrow tube full of unaccuracies and idiotic thoughts, but I can’t help to think that the human race only gets what they want, and not what they need. And yes, I am one of them.
If I still have your attention, congratulations. You have hit a new level of boredom. Anyway, the last thing I notices about the new Macbook Air is that it seems to be a perfect example of a product giving less for more money. The Mac I have (a relitively new Macbook) is 250GB in hard disk space and 2GB or RAM (random access memory, fact fans), while the Macbook Air has the same RAM size but with 64GB of storage in the cheapest one. The cost of both? The Macbook that I have was slightly over £800 (though it was less due to joys of student discount), while the cheapest Macbook Air is roughly the same price at £849. Adding the fact that the estimated battery life is five hours less in the Macbook Air than in the original Macbook. I know there are more, but I shall not talk about that.
But it does seem like an example of companies skimping on content while keeping the price up just because it is a well known brand. I know, this happens with possibly every company. When will this ever end?
I thank ye, world.
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