Apple does it better yet again
After using my new Macbook Air, I must confess my immediate reaction was that if I had designed any of my previous laptops, I would feel professionally obligated to find a new line of work. Perhaps (to steal a phrase from one of my favorite viral videos) I would “go work on a farm shoveling pig shit” because it would be preferable to continued humiliation by Apple.
Just a few of the ways my Mac is better:
- Boot time. I dusted off an old laptop to find some tax returns last week. It felt like it took half an hour to boot. It was probably “only” 3 or 4 minutes, but it was an eternity compared to the nearly-instant boot of my laptop.
- Physical design. It is much smaller and lighter, but its is more durable (I travel a lot and my laptops take a beating). And in real life, with the SSD, it is much faster. Plus it looks way cooler.
- Magsafe power connector. It seems like a tiny thing until it is a huge thing – here’s my story. Last year I tripped over the power cord to my wife’s laptop. I was OK but the laptop went flying. Plastic flew everywhere and it wouldn’t boot. The next morning she had a presentation to her department head. I barely made it to Fry’s before closing to buy a SATA connector and managed to rescue the files from her hard drive. Her next laptop? A Mac.
The innovation continues. The thunderbolt connector in the new Air is awesome. All your desktop stuff can plug into your monitor; one cable from your laptop to the monitor and you’re connected to everything. Why didn’t anyone else think of that? I guess that’s why they’re not Apple. And if that’s not enough, the thunderbolt monitor includes a laptop charger. Duh. Why didn’t anyone else think to put a laptop charger in their monitor? Maybe because of the variety of power connectors, but somehow Apple comes up with better solution again.
I don’t know what the next innovation in laptops will be, but I know where it will come from. There’s a reason Apple is the most valuable tech company in the world.