Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th Jan 2008 21:30 UTC
Apple AnandTech dove into the mystery behind the small processor in the MacBook Air. "Earlier this week Apple announced its MacBook Air, and within hours we had the mystery of its '60% smaller' CPU uncovered. Or at least we thought. It turns out there's even more depth to the CPU in the MacBook Air, it's even less conventional than we originally thought. Here's what happened over the past couple of days."
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by hraq on Sat 19th Jan 2008 00:03 UTC
RE: Surprise
by helf on Sat 19th Jan 2008 00:08 UTC in reply to "Surprise"
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... so THAT explains the awesomeness of Apples first revision products...

They never have any problems!

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RE[2]: Surprise
by hraq on Sat 19th Jan 2008 01:48 UTC in reply to "RE: Surprise"
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Well, All products have problems, but the issue here is it a practical device or not. I mean can it be used with all of its disadvantages to become a viable practical solution for a lot of people out there?
I believe the answer is yes.
I still need them to enter tablet market, but till now they think that all the designs proposed are not practical or reliable; remember Steve Jobs doesn't wanna look fool when he presents his product in one of his show offs.

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RE: Surprise
by RGCook on Sat 19th Jan 2008 01:58 UTC in reply to "Surprise"
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Completely agree. It astounds me how Apple continues to astound the market with massive innovation after another. Let the naysayers point at the faults but the reality is, Apple engineering is a standard I pattern my designs after, and I am a chemical engineer. Their principles are applicable to any product, process or technology.

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RE[2]: Surprise
by Luminair on Sat 19th Jan 2008 16:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Surprise"
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This grinds my gears a bit. Taking features out of a laptop to fit it into a thin case isn't much of an innovation.

Do you really think other manufacturers lack the technology to build such a thin laptop? That Apple is the exclusive purveyor of the space-age technology required to remove the optical drive and use an mp3 player hard drive?

The MacBook Air is .76 inches thick. The Intel Metro concept was .7 inches thick last year. The Sony X505 was .75 inches thick in 2004.

If the thin laptop is a "massive innovation", give credit where it is due: a Sony laptop 4 years ago.

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RE[3]: Surprise
by DigitalAxis on Sat 19th Jan 2008 17:05 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Surprise"
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But it didn't exist, because nobody knows about it, therefore it didn't exist, and Steve Jobs is right!
Apple IS first.

...I guess first to market such a device so heavily with their recognizable and desirable brand, but that's what matters to Apple right now.

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by islander on Sat 19th Jan 2008 02:28 UTC
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With all the faults this baby has, I still believe it is going to sell.And when it sells those faults will be worked on.I am not an Apple "fan-buoy" in the least.Never owned one , not even an i-pod but I do give credit where its due.I know many nay-sayers were just wowed when they saw it, I knew I was.

Keep wowing us Mister Jobs, you doing fine even for the window shoppers like myself.

Ps. Puns purely unintentional.

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Computer comedy...Yeah
by esldude on Sat 19th Jan 2008 09:06 UTC
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You trust Apple engineering to make sure about the thermal envelope. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! EXCUSE ME!
I must have a big laugh on this one. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

These are the same bozos that sold those thousands of MacBooks a couple years ago, that within about 3 months would just reboot or shut off due to a thermal problem. First they ignored it saying it wasn't a problem. As more and more fell ill, they admitted it might be a problem, and then finally belatedly had a fix for it when you sent it back.

These guys, these are the guys you implicitly trust because they are at Apple.

Admittedly a small sample, but of the 3 MacBooks I know of, all three right on schedule developed the problem. All three eventually became all, but unusable until sent back to Apple for a month or so wait for the return.

These guys, same guys right?

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RE: Computer comedy...Yeah
by puenktchen on Sat 19th Jan 2008 11:02 UTC in reply to "Computer comedy...Yeah"
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not to forget the thermal problems of the original imac and the last g3-ibooks. i owned both and my continuous apple-fanboyism just shows the degree of my enslavement.

Edited 2008-01-19 11:03 UTC

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RE: Computer comedy...Yeah
by broken_symlink on Sat 19th Jan 2008 15:54 UTC in reply to "Computer comedy...Yeah"
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i think i have been pretty lucky with my macs. Have a 12in. g4 powerbook that is still going strong after 4 years, and my mom has a first gen. macbook with a core duo. no problems with it other than the battery which they replaced on the spot at the apple store. Even my imac g5 and g4 mini. Have never had to send them to apple once.

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by p13. on Sat 19th Jan 2008 21:52 UTC
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if apples previous laptops are anything to judge by, then this thing might run very hot indeed

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RE: temperature
by sbergman27 on Sat 19th Jan 2008 21:58 UTC in reply to "temperature"
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if apples previous laptops are anything to judge by, then this thing might run very hot indeed

It's all relative, and rather subjective, of course. Remember that other manufacturers' laptops can run hot, too:

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RE[2]: temperature
by p13. on Sat 19th Jan 2008 23:05 UTC in reply to "RE: temperature"
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i own both a macbook and a macbook pro. Both run prettty hot. I work support too, i deal with all kinds and brands of laptops. Apple laptops run hotter than average for sure.

the macbook is better than the macbook pro imho in that regard because the plastic doesnt feel as hot as the alu.

Sorry for the possible typos, im typing this on my iphone.

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RE[3]: temperature
by D3M0N on Mon 21st Jan 2008 03:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: temperature"
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I went to Macworld on Wednesday so they had all of the demo Macbook AIr's on display. I was absolutely amazed and blown away at how cool they ran! I have a 12" Powerbook G4 currently and it can get pretty warm while running.

The Air was amazing though. It was hardly even luke warm and they had been on and being used all day by the horde of people who couldn't wait to get their hands on them.

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