The upcoming 12-inch Air has the fewest amount of ports ever on an Apple computer, as can be seen in the rendition above. On the left side is a standard headphone jack and dual-microphones for input and noise-canceling. On the right side is solely the new USB Type-C port. Yes, Apple is currently planning to ditch standard USB ports, the SD Card slot, and even its Thunderbolt and MagSafe charging standards on this new notebook. We must note that Apple tests several designs of upcoming products, so Apple may choose to ultimately release a new Air that does include the legacy components, though there is very little space on the edges for them.
My first Apple laptop was a 12-inch PowerBook which I loved. My wife wondered why I didn’t get the 15-inch or 17-inch which were other options. I said it was something about that 12-inch PowerBook that looked and felt right.
I don’t think Apple would ditch the Thunderbolt connection and MagSafe both. Seems like a bit much, but I suppose it’s possible. Only time will tell.
Damn these Apple commercials keep getting better all the time. They are very smart now, showing what apps are highlighted in the commercial. They are making it easy to spend your money.
Photo exclusive on MercuryNews.com. The last photo of the model gives the campus some scale against Highway 280, which I think is toward the front. All I have to say is wow!
I’m the one in the family who is asked, “Which Apple product should I get?” I am also asked, “Should I get AppleCare?“
David Sparks has a good short article about AppleCare. I agree with him on all points. You might want to give it a quick read.
The bottom line: John Gruber makes an estimated $500,000 a year from his blog Daring Fireball. But his relationship with Apple is priceless.
I enjoy John Gruber’s writing, about Apple, design, technology in general, and baseball. I’ve given up on his podcasting though.
I’m fairly pleased with the iPhone 4S announcement the other day. It hit all the points I was looking for in a new iPhone. Granted, my points weren’t really that lofty. I hoped for, at the least:
- A screen as good as the iPhone 4 (e.g. retina display).
- The same or better camera.
- More powerful, processor-wise.
- More memory for less.
What was shown was:
- Yup, retina display. No change in screen size or resolution
- A better 8MP camera with an aperture of 2.4 (good for low light).
- Dual-core A5 chip = faster!
- Now offering it in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. It meets my more memory for less criteria.
I wasn’t expecting or waiting for an iPhone 5. It seems to fit with the pattern or releases (e.g. iPhone 3 to iPhone 3GS). And since I’m on a broken down iPhone 3GS anything would be much better. Now, what size and color should I get?
I was in my office, packing up for the day, when I received a text from my wife. It simply said:
Sadly, it could only mean one thing.