Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jun 2012 21:19 UTC
Apple Apple held its keynote speech just now, kicking off its developer conference. The company announced minor refreshes for its laptop line, introduced a stunning new laptop with a Retina display, and gave a sneak peek of iOS 6, which will launch in the Fall.
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jared_wilkes
Member since:
2011-04-25

Besides, what do you have against "carrying an ethernet port"? You make it sound like they're a separate, bulky item that takes up extra space and adds unnecessary weight.

Yes, yes it does take up space. We have been at the stage where the thinness of a laptop is dictated by an ethernet port (or, even worse in the case of most Windows laptops, a VGA port) for some time now. Apple just changed that.

Do you own a smartphone or tablet? Do you feel like it needs to have an ethernet port?

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Yes, yes it does take up space. We have been at the stage where the thinness of a laptop is dictated by an ethernet port (or, even worse in the case of most Windows laptops, a VGA port) for some time now. Apple just changed that.

And meanwhile, all video projectors around still use VGA, forcing Apple users who do Powerpoint presentations to deal with an annoyingly overpriced MiniDP-VGA adapter that is way too easy to lose.

Dropping frequently used connectivity for the sake of extra thinness can certainly be justified, but it is always a trade-off.

Do you own a smartphone or tablet? Do you feel like it needs to have an ethernet port?

I don't do nearly as much on a smartphone or a tablet as I do on a reasonably large laptop, due to screen estate limitations. Do you ?

Edited 2012-06-13 09:11 UTC

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jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

And you can carry a fat laptop for the next decade because of your projectors. I never said you couldn't nor did I say there weren't trade offs.

The majority of my internet access has occurred on mobile devices for several years now.

Edited 2012-06-13 12:55 UTC

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I don't do nearly as much on a smartphone or a tablet as I do on a reasonably large laptop, due to screen estate limitations.

Plus the stuff done on a smartphone rarely requires very reliable connectivity.

No FPS online games, or high res streaming / big downloads (though, it is handy to leave bt on the phone during the night, while recharging)

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Yes, yes it does take up space. We have been at the stage where the thinness of a laptop is dictated by an ethernet port (or, even worse in the case of most Windows laptops, a VGA port) for some time now. Apple just changed that.

You're falling for a stupid aesthetic trick. If you actually look at it, this new MB is perfectly thick enough to accommodate RJ45 or VGA - but, Apple makes it with "slick" tapering edges, so people like you can fall into perceiving it as more thin that it really is...

Neolander will be able to carry just as thin laptop that can straightforwardly connect to projectors - just one more sensibly designed here and there.

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