A guest blog by Ole J. Jacobsen
I am sure that the speed boost and even Thunderbolt will come as good news to those who actually use their laptop for "heavy lifting" graphics work etc, but I was rather hoping Apple would go in a different direction this time, making the new offering much lighter and much more like the MacBook Air:
- Eliminate the optical drive, the external one is just fine for the few times (most) people need it.
- Eliminate the hard-drive, go for "chips on a board" SSD setup like the MacBook Air
Then I would like to see them add a SIM card slot (well, MicroSIM) like the iPad has. This would be very handy for those times when you can't access a WiFi network. I just came back from Hong Kong where I purchased 30 days of unlimited data service for around $23. Such offerings are becoming common in many parts of the world even if AT&T would rather I pay $1 per Megabyte for their International Data Roaming Plan, yikes.
Oh, well, maybe next time. In the meantime I am seriously considering a MacBook Air for travel. Don't like the semi-gloss screen and other limitations, but the size and weight is just right.