The Macbook is dead. Long live the Macbook air!

Discussion in 'Laptops, Tablets and Smartphones' started by Des_Zac, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. Des_Zac

    Des_Zac New Member

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    This morning Apple has officially discontinued their Macbook line, (well it seems as so) Replacing it with a sleeker, smaller, and more portable updated Macbook Air. Along with removing their long-running Macbook they replaced the mac mini with a choice for a $599 or $799 model. Although I think the Macbook's removal was a bad idea, as my prediction was that the Macbook Air would become the laptop alternative to the Mac Mini and lower down to $799, as the specs for it get higher it doesn't seem as much of a waste so I suppose I understand why they removed the Macbook in the end, but, it's just weird seeing apple only having two laptops. Is this maybe a way of apple saying it's the end of an era and a new line of laptops is coming to replace the Macbook line starting with the Macbook itself? What are your thoughts on this whole thing, and do you agree with my idea about a replacement line?
     
  2. DMGrier

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    Good, mac book not seeing a price decrease in two years made it a rip off.
     
  3. PohTayToez

    PohTayToez New Member

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    Only Apple could get away with a price increase at a time like this. They've finally made what people have been asking for for years, a Mac netbook, but priced it at the full size mac price and bumped their basic full size laptop model from $1,000 to $1,200.
     
  4. DMGrier

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    Been ripping people off since 2006
     
  5. Des_Zac

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    I'm not saying that I support the fact that they got rid of the macbook, and I'm sure as HELL not saying that the Air is anything close to a replacement, what I'm trying to say in this post is that does this look like a sign that a new line of products is coming out.

    ibook > Macbook > ??
     
  6. DMGrier

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    I am going to say no, they are just getting rid of the mac book. Loss of sales this year has been large due to how out dated it is so they figure keep the well selling Mac book Pro and call it good.

    Not to mention there lawyer fees for all the law suites for patent violations has to be killing them.
     
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  7. PohTayToez

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    All their doing is merging the MacBook and MacBook Pro lines and calling it all MacBook Pro to differentiate from the Air. I don't think we're going to see some other line of computers.
     
  8. voyagerfan99

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    Yeah there's no way the Macbook will be eliminated and just retain the Macbook air. You loose so many features with the Air that it isn't reasonable.
     
  9. DMGrier

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    but don't you see? That is Apple's plan, if the Mac Book air does not have what you need then guess what? your going to have to cough up the extra dough for a Mac Book Pro so they can just swim in the mony without ever thinking or caring what the consumer wants. From what I have read and they were even talking about it on the radio about a few weeks ago was people were so excited for the NEW Macbook with modern hardware, wonder if there starting to look into other OS/PC companies due to high cost they may not want to pay for.

    Apple does not care about it's comsumer, they will get quality if there pockets are deep enough.
     
  10. Troncoso

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    Haha, you're funny. Apple isn't forcing anyone to buy their products. There is no school or institute that requires you to have one. It is complete choice for anyone that does buy them. And just so you know, most people very much enjoy their purchase. Also, for a company that doesn't care, they have really good tech support. They are rated as one of the best by many.

    Really though paying $200 more for something that is several times better than the model lower.

    Would you really rather pay $1000 for an old C2D, 2g RAM and 250g HDD
    When $200 more gets you an i5, double the ram and much bigger hard drive? Not to mention the aluminum casing and back lighting.

    Of course you will rebuttal with something like "No, I would just buy a PC with the same specs for half the price" but then again, that's really about it.
     
  11. Des_Zac

    Des_Zac New Member

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    I just found out, (Thank you MacRumors) That the macbook is not gone-and-out, but it is now only being sold to university. (Similar to what they did with the older iMacs)
     
  12. NyxCharon

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    False. I have friends going to a certain college that require you to buy a certain product.

    I'm not saying anything else, because I really dont want to deal with a PC/mac war, just letting you know. :)
     
  13. Troncoso

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    What product though?
     
  14. DMGrier

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    When I said force I mean to there user base, Apple users who love there OS are going to stay with there OS and in a way by getting rid of a lower model to make users only option a Mac Book Air or the base line Mac Book Pro starting at $1200 they are forcing.

    I also think I said good customer service, they are quality if you got the money for them (understanding what you read helps before replying:)).

    Lol, you think you know what I am going to rebuttal with? I actually like higher end PC that are usually 2-300 less then a Mac (not half the price) with usually similiar hardware and running Ubuntu but that is my personal chioce as it is for a OSX user to get a laptop where a good GPU doesn't even come until $1800.

    Look I do not have to like OSX, and I do not ever think I was on the subject of Mac Book Pro, I have always said the Mac Book is a waste of Money. That is just me and was saying I am glad they are gone. Plus I do not have to like Apple with the crap they pull these days like going after comapnies like Google with Android, HTC and Samsung making crazy claims like they are stealing there original ideas when Apple has stolen many technologies since they have been around, most recent OSX App Market or whatever it is called.

    Ubuntu and Linux Mint Users have been enjoying that for about a year or two now and Apple seen the success of the product and "stole" the idea for there own OS, I am all about the idea of stealing something to make it better. It gives us better products but you can't blame others for something you do as well.

    Please before you "rebuttal" make sure to read and understand what you read cause your last post was almost like you never read it and stabing in the dark.
     
  15. Troncoso

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    ......I re-read everything you posted just to be sure, but you didn't say anything about the good customer service or quality????? I don't know , maybe it was subliminal or something.

    Regardless, I assumed your rebuttal on your past posts. I've never really seen you posts things otherwise when it comes to apple.

    And honestly, I could have sworn that apples "app store" was roughly the same concept they used on the itouch. But I guess I'm wrong about that too.

    Your position on the subject is a little skewed now. You say here you are glad they are gone, but earlier you were saying apple was taking the macbook out just to make more money and 'force" people to fork out more money. I don't like arguing on the forums. So, I'll stop. Whatever you might say next I'll just accept as right over wrong. Smiley face!

    Edit: oh but one last thing, learn about a hyperbole. It's not like I would actually know your exact words.
     
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  16. DMGrier

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    I dont care if you respond, but I know you will read this.

    "Apple does not care about it's comsumer, they will get quality if there pockets are deep enough."

    If you truley notice I argue on the subject of Mac's a lot then you would know my defenition of quality is not just the computer but customer service as well. In this above comment I am saying you will get quality but you are paying for it, to much imo.

    I spend much time in the OS section when Linux topics are brought up, laptop section for those looking for a good PC laptop and sometime in the general computer chat.

    The idea of a APP store for a OS comes from Linux if you do your homework, did you know OSX has a brother? It is called Darwin, it is a Linux OS that depending which one you look at only will run on a Mac, there are two or three. Apple looks into Linux for many ideas and concepts cause it is built by the people, there for a good concept to see what the people want. Apple is not stupid and they know where to look for new ideas.
     
  17. Troncoso

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    Haha, calm down mate. I didn't say I wouldn't respond. I said I wouldn't argue, and I won't. I apologize though, I didn't realize that little sentence had such a meaning behind beyond saying that apple is only after customer's money.

    and I also apologize about the app store bit. I did a couple of quick searches but couldn't find any "Apple steals app store from linux", so I'll take your word. Though, it's still my belief that they had the app store on their mobile OS, so the idea came from there.....I don't know. it's all opinion at this point.
     
  18. accessoriesguy

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    Actually this macbook Air can stand its ground.

    The old macbook had a Core2Duo running 2.0Ghz i think if not 2.4Ghz at most!
    it had at most a Nvidia 320M GPU with 2 GB of RAM.

    This Macbook air has a second gen i5/i7, thats 2 generations higher processor.
    It also has the discrete Intel 3000 GPU, which is at par (slightly better) with the 320M GPU. Only the lowest model has 2GB RAM all other models have 4GB RAM running at 1333Mhz, so it is more responsive. Also it is full on SSD, which makes it far quicker than the macbook.

    The macbook air is the better deal since it is lighter and can hold 5-7 hour battery life which is more than the macbook could.

    they included backlite keyboard to the air (lots of people preferred the pro to the macbook because of this feature).

    In all honesty this macbook air deserved to pass the macbook.

    But compared to the previous macbook air, since this computer does not have a more powerful discrete GPU I would not say it is revolutionary.
     
  19. PohTayToez

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    The fact that the old MacBook specs where showing their age really isn't justification for getting rid of the series. They could have just as easily updated it with an i3 or i5 just like they did with the MacBook Pros.

    No one is going to debate that current gen Airs and Pros aren't superior to the MacBook which hadn't been updated in over a year. I think what Voyager meant was that the Air was no replacement for full size MacBooks (including the Pro series).
     
  20. DMGrier

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    It is cool man, I know of Apple customer service when I had problems with two ipods out of warranty by like three days and they still replaced them. I stopped using ipods for the fact I never did like itunes. That is why the only pc companies I recommend for people when they are shopping is Asus, Sony or Lenovo. There products are well built and good customer service.

    As for the stealing, I know that is what I claim but I guess I really can't say that it that way only because you can't steal open source, the code and ideas are open to everyone. I was just saying that many ideas Apple has used over the years comes from Linux, unlike MS they keep there eyes on the Unix Like community.

    I don't care for the Apple arguments myself believe it or not, with this I just never cared for the Mac Book cause Apple let it sit for two long. I only like to jump in when people are recommending a Apple computer based on the fact of looks instead of what they are capable of doing and making claims of there better quality build when Apple computers since 06 have been built with the same hardware and standards as the brands I have listed above.
     

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