My feelings about it:
I hated tap-to-click on trackpads until I experienced mechanical tap-to-click on Apple trackpads. I also like what I call fast keyboards: quiet, short stroke length, above all a clear and well-defined click, “dry/stiff” (not mushy or wobbly) – i.e. pretty much the scissor switches in contemporary Apple keyboards, except they’re a little mushier than I want (esp. the longer keys). So when the leaks broke about the ultra thin keyboard and trackpad, I was very pessimistic: if they thought they could do away with the clicking, I’d have to pass on their new wares. But on this score, Apple have (probably) just blown me away. I will have to wait to test one of these in person, but I expect it to be better than my current Air 11". Want!
No ports except the one USB-C? There is one reason I seriously dislike this: MagSafe was a real solution to a real problem. Do they have a trick up their sleeves here or are we back in the times of laptops flying off of tables? So the lack of a power plug seems like it could be a serious issue. We’ll have to see. Now as for all the other ports that got combined into just one… I don’t give a single damn, not a one.
CPU. CPU CPU CPU. I noted this as soon as it was mentioned – because my current Air 11" was the fully decked out option of the time, with a 2GHz i7. And I‘d previously made the mistake of disregarding CPU, back when I bought my Samsung NC10 – and came to regret it. (Of course, that one had an Atom… yep.) I’ll have to absorb a serious drop in speed (though I’ll have to see what this turbocharge thing is all about). The question is whether the slowdown will be tolerable, or will it be too much. Won’t be able to tell until I’ve had an opportunity to play with it.
Resolution. Retina on an ultraportable laptop yessssssssssss finally oh man I have been waiting for this forever. Well, for around 4 years, but they sure felt like forever, considering how much else has happened in that time. Buuuuuut… dammit. It’s 2304 × 1440. I.e. a doubled 1152 × 720 display in Retina mode. Compared to 1366 × 768 on my 11" Air. That’s a whopping 26% reduction in area – twentysix percent. That’s gonna hurt… even the 11" Air’s display is already crowded enough. But that one is tolerable for me as a primary display. This one? I reckon that no one will want to use this as their sole machine without an external display for one’s desk. With the 11" Air, the display was just about large enough to not need an external display (which in practice meant using an external display never stuck for me, due to the friction of attaching/detaching).
The last one is by far the biggest conflict for me. I want want want Retina… I’ve been holding out for that for years. But this display may have too few pixels to be a realistic option. :-( I’m completely torn. I did not realise this during the presentation, and I was prepared to absorb the speed hit for all the great built-in peripherals. (I don’t, as I said, give a damn about the single port.) I was drooling. I was all set on buying one as soon as I had the budget. But when I realised the limited resolution, my heart sank. Now I’ll have to wait and see, and I may or may not have to resign myself to years more without Retina.
Do they have a trick up their sleeves here or are we back in the times of laptops flying off of tables?
Yes: all-day battery life, so you probably won’t need to leave your laptop plugged in as often as with laptops in the pre-magsafe era.
It supports scaled resolutions of non-retina equivalents: 1024x640, 1280x800, and 1440x900. That last one is the native resolution of the MacBook Air 13". Presumably it works the same way as the retina MacBook Pro does — render to a larger buffer then scale down — which looks great. Of course it’s yet to be seen what performance is like in that mode on this already relatively low-performance machine.
The light weight + wind resistance should be enough to prevent damage from falling.
On the other hand because it is so light it might make the weight of the cable itself pull it off the table ;-)
So it’s usually not that windy in my office, or home, but… I’m trying to imagine what this means. It floats gently down to the floor?
That’s my understanding, yeah.
“Wind resistance” is just another term for drag or air resistance – friction caused by an object moving through air. It doesn’t refer to the phenomenon of bulk movement of air that’s normally referred to by the term “wind”.
Note that the Core in the MacBook is the new Atom.
My mistake. I thought I read that somewhere, but I guess I didn’t.
This is perfect Macbook except that it’s first generation.
I am skeptical of the fan removal. I’d like to see how hot it gets during anything other than clicking around Safari.
Probably about as hot as my iPad when playing a game? Or when something goes “wrong”. The back surface gets hot, one spot gets really hot, and the battery life disappears like a magic trick.
My mid-2013 MacBook Air 11" can get really hot from just clicking around Safari.
Retina: awesome. Battery: awesome. Keyboard: if you hate the chicklets for lack of feedback, will you hate these more or less? Cpu/fanless: I would need to off-box my compiled dev cycle using kqueue to trigger an rsync to a beefy test/CI system that I’ve got a terminal monitoring on the other half of my screen.
I hope we can use the retina without scorching our laps. If so, this will be a fun machine for most situations. I can’t give up the power of my MBP for actual work though.
I wonder if it’s too thin. My current MacBook Air at 17.5 mm thick seems very thin to me. I like the heft of my work MacbookPro. Most of the time my laptop is on a table, not in my lap. Combined with the force trackpads; I wonder how many people will accidentally bend their laptop.
I wonder why the MacBook Pro 15" didn’t get updated with the new trackpad; only the 13" did.
I read on arstechnica that the 15" refresh isn’t coming until mid 2015 when the quad core processors finish.
I’m happy to see that the MacBook Air isn’t being left behind (yet).
Maybe / hopefully a bigger update is coming there sometime this year …
I have noticed a large amount of controversy regarding the single USB Type C port.
Although it may be regarded as an inconvenience and described as some as simply a way for Apple to make more money, I personally believe it is a great advancement in computing. Although the specification is relatively new, the plan is to make the USB Type C connector standard among computers, Apple is simply pioneering the effort to bring it into the hands of consumers.
Another bonus with the USB specification is the openness behind the USB specification. This will allow third party manufacturers from all around the world to produce USB Type C accessories, which will no doubt diversify the market.
I really look forward to seeing how this plays out, and how it is integrated into new products in the near future!
A single port?
Yes, but it is USB-C. According to http://www.anandtech.com/show/8518/hands-on-with-usb-type-c-reversible-usb-connectors
This opens up the possibility for a dock scenario where a single cable to the monitor can charge a laptop and also mirror the laptop’s display onto the external monitor, and the external monitor would also be able to serve as a USB hub for a keyboard, mouse, headsets, flash drives, and other USB peripherals.
Also, Apple sells these accessories:
To which I’d need to chain another USB hub and a USB-ethernet adapter, unfortunately.
Jesus, they make port to distributable thing using external cable. Money, money, money.
But look it from a different perspective.
After coming back home, I only need to plug one cable to the Macbook for doing all of these: charge the laptop, connect to external display, connect to other accessories. In the long-run, I bet that this convenience would win over the reluctant need to buy an extra accessory.
But would it be that much better than any other laptop dock? I mean, it’s smaller, but I’d rather use the lenovo usb 3.0 dock than this thing where you’d have to daisy chain another usb dock to use a keyboard and a mouse.
It’s hard for me to regularly admit that I’m just not their audience, even though I drool over retina screens and thin laptops. The dichotomy of what I want and what is possible is frustrating.
I already only need to plug two cables into my MBP: power and Thunderbolt. Everything else (Ethernet, USB keyboard and mouse and headphones) plugs into the Thunderbolt display.
How is that supposed to work if you have both an MBP and one of these new ones as your ultraportable? Is there going to be a USB-C to Thunderbolt adapter that actually supports using a Thunderbolt hub like this? I’d be really surprised if that happens or is even technically feasible.
More likely, now you’ll need one monitor to hook up to your MBP, and a second monitor to hook up to your USB-C MacBook, and then whenever you want to switch you’ll have to unplug all your shit from the Thunderbolt display and plug it into a USB-C hub.
This USB-C MacBook makes more sense if you don’t have any existing Macs.
usb is an open standard. i imagine 3rd party support to be superb.
So, I have to pay at least 79,99 USD just to connect an external display and/or any single USB device?
And then I also have to buy an extra HDMI to DisplayPort adaptor/cable for all of my DisplayPort monitors without HDMI (which is, like, most of them), since Apple doesn’t even have any USB-C to mini-DisplayPort adaptors? WTF? Are they declaring mini-DisplayPort dead, after only a few years of finishing up the switch over to Thunderbolt?
Why are they only selling adapters to connect MacBook to a “TV or projector”? What about the plentiful DisplayPort monitors?
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For connecting external displays, they now seem to be pushing wireless via AirPlay as the desired solution. I haven’t yet been in a conference room or classroom with a projector that supports that, though, so I carry around both VGA and HDMI dongles.
Ha, it’s interesting how experiences differ. I was more like “damn, apple got into that market fast”. AppleTVs everywhere, from startups to enterprise for me.
Really? I mostly see Roku devices if someone has a little internet STB, mainly due to it supporting third-party applications.
What should I answer? Seriously: yes, but that’s just my anecdata.
On the contrary - I’m in the Midwest and my kids go to a smaller public school - Apple TV is - literally - in every classroom.
I’m also a software development consultant - almost every conference room I end up in has an Apple TV on the monitor.
Interesting. I’ve never seen AppleTVs in a university classroom, in either Denmark or the US. Most of our classrooms in Denmark have projector systems that are about 5-7 years old, with VGA/DVI connectors. A few more recently refurbished ones have recently (2012-2014) added HDMI connectors. I think they’re currently waiting to see what will win out before doing further upgrades. There was a proposal to add HDMI everywhere, but they didn’t want to spend the money unless they were sure HDMI would be the connector of choice for the next 5 years or so. It might be that jumping straight to wireless is what happens.
Yeah; that might be a sticking point some places. I worked a place where it was an offence to plug anything into USB ports, and the security people were discussing plugging USB ports using a hot-glue gun. Possibly for the same reason, PS-2 mice and keyboards were preferred at this place.
I’m excited to see what the 15" refresh will hold. USB-C, Thunderbolt, the new trackpad, maybe 32GB? Maybe slightly lighter with a better battery?