The latest revisions of the MacBook family have divided opinion, but I don’t understand why. The results of the new unibody manufacturing process that Apple have adopted have been met with critical acclaim and why not? Apple have managed to shed weight, increase strength and seemingly all without increasing costs!
The new displays have been met with a much more apprehensive response. For sure, the super glossy screens aren’t brilliant for use outside, but I have to say that indoors (where I’m pretty sure the majority of people use their Macs) the screens are amazing – my brother has the same thing on his iMac.
The new trackpad has also sparked some controversy, but besides being glass and not having a physical button, I am yet to see anything to differentiate it from the one on the MacBook Pro I’m typing on right now. In fact, I think the new trackpad has added the potential for a Nintendo DS style second screen and greater support for graphics apps. Hey, thinking about it, I can even imagine the trackpad being an iPhone which docks into the laptop to become a trackpad and vice versa!
The thing I really don’t understand is the furore that has been caused by the lack of FireWire (*cough* Vince *cough*). Why are people complaining about it? If you have peripherals that only use FireWire and you can’t upgrade or replace them, then maybe don’t rush out and buy a new MacBook. Alternatively, you could pony up for a MacBook Pro.
I think people need to make up their minds about what they want from Apple. For my money, we should continue to trust in Steve and allow Apple to continue to lead from the front; bringing us the best and most innovative software and hardware. Steve has called time on FireWire and that’s fine by me, as Harry McCracken points out, this isn’t the first feature that Apple have killed, it definitely isn’t the last and let’s face it, they are usually right!
After thought: I’m not that bothered about the lack of a blu-ray drive either, Amex Digital have stepped in with a USB blu-ray joint for Mac owners. Sorted.