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Etmax
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Etmax   11/9/2010 1:19:58 AM
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In typical Apple fashion it's all hype without offering any real advantage over ant competition. Apple generally falls short on over all execution. 64G may be enough for an iPhone or iPad but the way file sizes keep growing this will be an over stated toy. Not much value for money either, it's like buying some Italian designer item over a well made copy, you pay for the name only. The thing with Apple is they give you what they want to give you, not what you actually want or need.

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Abrahim   10/29/2010 7:38:37 AM
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hmm .. not sure if a 'diskless' apple is even worth discussing here as such a big deal. as rightly pointed out above, a rotating disk will win hands down as far as cost is concerned so i look at it as a way to test out the more novel and adventurous ways on those who can take the beating, apple and its client have pretty deep pocket.. if they work out something good lets pick it up and pull it to bring it in the practical range , and if they fail .. well, there shop wont close and we will be spared the pain

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Baolt   10/27/2010 9:15:57 PM
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Having SSD drive and having thinest notebook (or let call it fancy looking netbook) is the 2 thing what apple reached with this product. Oh not forget to mention its damn expensive. An iPhone is better and fancier. I like to have light weight small size notebook (not netbook) but also love to keep tons of hard drive space. External hard drives are cool, but kind of hard to carry, handle. Why nobody produces a thin notebook with SSD, however capable to look-on an hard drive kit which wont be linked with a cable inspite will be snapped in as like dock station. Or let do it extreme, high capacity batery with lots of hard drive. Having SSD for OS, kit for capacity. U dont like to carry it, just unplug from main body. Isnt it cool? It would be great till average SSDs have reached min. 512GB capacity limit.

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AliNS   10/26/2010 11:19:14 PM
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SSD's will certainly take over HDD's faster than you think. Never underestimate Moore's Law and the price elasticity built in the industry. Now whether Apple will be the key driver of this, is another issue. For me, when I travel, every ounce of extra weight is critical. When the first AirBook came out, it cost $1,700 and had only 64GB storage and had an 11" screen if I remember well. It was indeed a little short on storage. Instead, I bought a MacBook Pro with 15" screen and 256GB HDD. Three years later, I see that I still have over 90GB of free space and probably another 50GB that I can clean up should I need extra storage space. I'm using my laptop for business and some limited personal applications. I have a 27" iMac with 1TB HDD at home. If you are relying on your laptop as your only computing source, then I agree that the MacBook Air is still a little light, for everyone else it's just a question of affordability and personal preference. My next business laptop will be an AirBook. Mostly, I check in at hotels with well equipped gyms, so I don't need the free weight training opportunity with my laptop.

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peter.dudley   10/26/2010 8:01:03 PM
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I was an early adopter of the Netbook concept. I had an Asus EEE PC with 4GB SSD running Ubuntu linux. The 4GB was plenty of space on the main drive. For movies and pictures I used removable USB and SD memory.

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cloudman   10/26/2010 7:58:32 AM
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Used an Air since first generation a few years ago. Found an SSD upgrade made a massive improvement in performance, considering even using SSD on desktop. Also found 128GB more than enough, especially if you make use of cloud apps. Used the optical only once to load Microsoft office upgrade (although I could have downloaded that too). Facebook generation doesn't care at all about discs, feels like the 8 track. Blueray will only temporarily delay the inevitable. Just look at Hulu, Netflix vs blockbuster as well as the new media aggregators like Boxee and Pandora...

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Tunrayo   10/25/2010 11:34:29 PM
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I agree, Frank. And Mr Jobs is really beginning to put a strain on our pockets. For a portable mobile device, the iPhone is sufficient for me - it can do so much more than an average mobile phone. But iPads, Apple Air, and their clones are just a luxury. They will never be as functional as a full notebook or laptop. Sure the touch-screen interface makes them exciting to use - but they certainly are quite pricey.

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eewiz   10/24/2010 2:47:46 PM
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@Rick from ifixit teardown it seems like the SSD is on the mini pci-e bus http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/MacBook-Air-11-Inch-Model-A1370-Teardown/3745/2 Btw regarding the optical drive, Most people doesnt use optical discs while they are on the move. For @home use, you can buy a slim external dvd drive and plugin.

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-wl-   10/23/2010 6:16:04 PM
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I believe your idea that "notebooks, tablets and other mobile devices will need significant storage capacity" is remarkably wrong-headed. Do you really want to carry all your files, personnal and professional, with you everywhere all the time? I've long believed portable computers only need small storage using a large external drive for permanent support at home or in the office. I've experienced so many internal drive failures in recent years that relying on externals instead has saved the day and my sanity.

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rick merritt   10/22/2010 4:07:46 PM
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@Larry: Good point. Apple could be innovating by putting SSD on PCI Express bus. Does anyone know? And yes 64 Gbytes is about the same amount of storage on a high end iPhone these days.

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