Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Oct 2010 19:02 UTC
Apple So, Apple held its usual autumn press get-together just now, and after a few rather uninspiring ones (to me, at least), they finally managed to blow me away, with the new MacBook Air (especially the 11.6" variant). They also gave a sneak peek at Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which has... An App Store. An App Store Apple is going to open on Snow Leopard within 90 days.
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Really?
by Radio on Wed 20th Oct 2010 19:39 UTC
Radio
Member since:
2009-06-20

The MacBook Air is impressive? Really? It seems to me the worst of both worlds: *meh* performance, and *meh* autonomy, especially when you see how much space is stuffed with batteries. Performance-wise, they should have gone with ARM processors, but there are other contingencies, I know, I know (compatibility and Intel).

Also, I guess you can't install another OS on it anymore? If I recall well (I can't promise), Macs don't boot on USB, and there is no disk drive anymore.

But yeah, it is very thin (with which sturdiness though?) and sleek, it looks like a concept rendering brought to life, untouched.

If only Asus were bringing the eee 1218 to stores...*sigh*

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RE: Really?
by TheGZeus on Wed 20th Oct 2010 19:42 in reply to "Really?"
TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

They need to be able to boot USB in some manner, because they have that 'restore drive'.
That said, I'm thinking we'll be seeing 'jailbreaking' become a necessity in the near future.

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RE[2]: Really?
by Radio on Wed 20th Oct 2010 20:20 in reply to "RE: Really?"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

Oh. Good.
Might get one in a few years. Second-hand.

Edit: in fact, no. The SSD will wear down, and you can't replace it as it is soldered onto the motherboard.

Edited 2010-10-20 20:21 UTC

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RE: Really?
by tetek on Wed 20th Oct 2010 21:19 in reply to "Really?"
tetek Member since:
2010-10-04

Of course they boot. You can run system from HDD connected via USB. It's painfully slow but works.

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RE: Really?
by phoenix on Thu 21st Oct 2010 04:58 in reply to "Really?"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

The MacBook Air is impressive? Really? It seems to me the worst of both worlds: *meh* performance


A Core2Duo is "meh"? Compared to an Atom? Seriously?

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RE[2]: Really?
by TheGZeus on Thu 21st Oct 2010 05:11 in reply to "RE: Really?"
TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

If you can't do truly calculation-heavy stuff like encode video, compile complex software, DAW/Video work, then there's no advantage over an Atom 550.
Are you really going to do anything but watch ~720p-or-lower video, browse the web, check email etc on a netbook?
Higher resolution videos can be decoded, but you can't display them without another monitor, and at that point why not just use your desktop, and you'll have a desktop, because it's still not powerful enough to replace that.
Compiling complex software? If you're doing that you'll probably know how to do it on a remote system.
DAW/Video work? The screen's too small.

A netbook is a netbook. You don't need a V8 to drive to the grocery store.

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RE[2]: Really?
by Radio on Thu 21st Oct 2010 17:16 in reply to "RE: Really?"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

I should have talked about autonomy first, and performance second. The idea is "the autonomy is average, do we have good performances in exchange? No."

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