<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>But WHO are THOSE people? What do they do for a living? WHY do they need light and thin above all else?<p><hr></blockquote><p>I'm guessing you can't pin the desire (not always "need") for thin and light on just one or a few demographics/industries. Just like a broad range of people will value speed or other general specs. A broad range will value portability. (Which is actually a major reason why people buy portables.) Some will be students, some businesspeople, some travelers, some who just like to roam their house or visit friends. The ultraportable segment--always with SOME compromises--has existed before Apple, and is not cheap. A general reason why many might value thin and light above SOME other things is that a MacBook Air doesn't really give up anything they personally need:<br><br>I'll use my MBA the same way I use my iMac that has "only" 2 GB. ("just enough to acceptably run the OS and some minor apps" ?) I'll use it for programming, 3D modeling, animation, video editing, photo processing, illustration, web development, word processing, business management, Web, email, watching TV, listening to music and gaming. (But not UE3!) I'll run Photoshop, Lightwave 3D, Flash, Illustrator, Director, RealBasic, Unity, iPhoto, GarageBand, Google Earth, EyeTV, Unreal Tournament 2004, and even the occasional dip into Windows XP. The same things people have done with less than 1.5 Ghz dual cores and less than 2 GB. The same things you can do BETTER or FASTER (and sometimes even notice this) if you have 2GHz and 4GB. But you don't need those specs. (What you do need is a computer, and if you've left your laptop behind because it's heavy and a beast, you have 0 GHz and 0 GB. Everyone has a threshhold for when it's "worth" lugging the laptop along. Size and weight changes that threshhold. This matters to some people more than it matters to others. Is that a surprise?)<br><br>There's actually very little that a 1.6 GHz Core 2 Duo "can't do" even with "only" 2 GB RAM. It's "crippled" by your definition--not by everyone's. It's surely crippled if you intend to have it as your ONLY computer and wish to import from a DV camcorder.<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p> For anyone who wanted to do more, I think 2GB is not really optimal.<p><hr></blockquote><p>Now we agree. 4GB (or 8GB with 16 cores) would be more "optimal" for lots of things. But you CAN do those things well and fall short of "optimal." For that matter a tower is probably optimal for lots of things. You make sacrifices to get a portable. You make a few more to get an ultrathin. If the sacrifices are too great, and the benefit too low to be worth the price, you choose a different model.<br><br>I definitely agree with you on one thing too: the MBA's market is smaller than the market for their other models. I'm not worried that Apple will fail to pay for their R&D, and you shouldn't worry either: even if they don't, the company will stay afloat. I'll gladly enjoy the fruits of this venture even if it fails to be profitable
I'll also enjoy the many future fruits of a company that dares to release products that are different from the expected categories. I'm sure you don't want to see an Apple that stops taking risks. Still, if I had to guess, I'd say this WILL pay for itself and make a profit. It will sell well--not like the mainstream models, but well enough. And its R&D cost--not to mention mindshare and press attention--will contribute to future products beyond just itself.<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p> Every other model I can think of a very large target market, but I can't for the MBA.<p><hr></blockquote><p>Define "very large." By my definition of "very large," no very large market exists for 160 GB iPods, or fully loaded XServes, or a million other things. Who cares? They need a market, not a "very large" one.<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>And boot from an external how? If the MBA is your only Mac, how do you install the OS on the external in the first place, since once again, you have no DVD drive. I guess you could get an external DVD drive, but the only way to connect it is the single USB port, which probably won't have enough power to run the DVD drive, or run the battery down to nothing in the process.<p><hr></blockquote><p>You may be ranting against the details of something you haven't looked into the details of
<br><br>First solution: you need not have a Mac. The MBA will read DVDs through a WIndows PC too.<br><br>Second solution: http://www.apple.com/macbookair/specs.html
<br>"Play or burn discs directly with the external USB-based MacBook Air SuperDrive. Thin, light, and easy to take with you, this drive is designed specifically for MacBook Air."
<br><br>And a solution dedicated just to the question of how you install an OS without the DVD running down the battery: you plug the laptop in--just like any other.<br><br>nagr[color:red]o</font color=red>mme
<br><br>I require stroyent!
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