CNET editor: Apple’s new MacBook Air is ‘the Cube 2.0’

Apple’s new MacBook Air is “the Cube 2.0,” according to CNET executive editor Molly Wood.

Wood writes, “The Air has no Ethernet port (!), no optical drive, no removable battery, and requires a micro-DVI connector for output to an external monitor.” In addition Wood bemoans the MacBook Air’s 80GB drive, which she calls, “hilariously, half the capacity of the largest iPod Classic.”

MacDailyNews Note: The so-called battery issue is way overblown by MacBook Air naysayers and the fact that users have to use the included Micro-DVI to DVI adapter or Micro-DVI to VGA adapter for an external monitor is a total non-issue. Also, for US$29, the MacBook Air has an Ethernet port. Shocker. For US$99, the MacBook Air has a physical optical drive, a SuperDrive, in fact. Or for no extra cost, the MacBook Air can use the optical drive of a nearby Mac or PC via the included Remote Disc software. Double shocker. If the MacBook Air’s internal drive sizes are an issue for you, then you either don’t understand the intended use of the MacBook Air or you need to carry along some additional storage (for example, an iPod in Disk Mode) or the MacBook Air isn’t for you (please see take below).

Wood writes, “I think in the future, I’ll be able to update this post with one more important comparison: the Cube, although a stunning piece of industrial design, was a commercial flop, and I think the MacBook Air will be, too.”

Wood writes, “The top-of-the-line black MacBook offers the same sized screen as the MacBook Air, a more powerful processor, twice the hard-drive capacity, and with 2GB of RAM to match the Air’s, still costs $150 less. And your tradeoff is what, 2 pounds and a little bit of baby fat?”

“So that leaves you in Cube-land again: with a very small and well-heeled potential audience willing to spend $1,800 or more (or just over $3,000 if they opt for the 64GB solid-state drive for maximum tech-forwardness) simply to bask in the glow of outstanding design,” Wood writes.

“Let’s hope they’re not cranking out MacBook Airs by the hundred-thousand, because I just don’t think they’re going to need them,” Wood writes.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Okey Dokey. Wood has been iCal’ed for future use, right or wrong. One thing to remember is that people who are outside of a product’s target market often have difficulty making accurate predictions about that product’s viability. People who see Apple’s MacBook or MacBook Pro as preferable to the MacBook Air are simply not in the MacBook Air’s target market. We’d venture to guess that Apple will be just fine with those people choosing MacBooks or MacBook Pros instead.

Those who critique MacBook Air as if it’s designed to serve the entire portable market are fools.


  1. Who cares if it’s any good. We’re Apple Fanboys. We don’t care about functionality. What’s important is that it is gorgeous, elegant, and sexy – and we’ll gladly pay whatever Steve is asking, no questions asked…

  2. This laptop was designed for a very specific market. Whether or not the market is large enough to sustain its development remains to be seen.

    Either way, the technology used here is sure to make it into other Apple products, so it’s time well spent whether or not the Air is a success.

  3. This is for road warriors. This is for people who hop on a plane, fly to Tokyo, ride a subway, walk several blocks, give a presentation, spend the night and do work using the hotels wifi as well as accessing files and data from work and home computers. This is for a person who is carrying their work on their shoulders for several hours while they are traveling. It is not like everyone just throws a laptop in a car and carries it in. Every pound matters when you are (actually traveling).
    Awesome design.

  4. For what it’s worth, I’ve heard lots of chatter, from Mac & non-Mac user alike that they are considering this device. As for myself, I admit I like it, and will consider it. So I sincerely doubt it will be a flop. I’d consider it a “must have” once it gets built-in 3G broadband at a reasonable monthly subscription price.

    Barring 3G wireless service in a laptop, I wish they’d released an iPhone-like internet tablet with a 10″ screen running a full Mac OS.

  5. You think these guys would have learned by now not to underestimate Steve Jobs. As if all the blood on the iPod’s click wheel was not enough, and Apple’s stunning growth in 2007 was a fluke, these morons continue to pronounce Apple a blind slave to fashion. I wonder if they’ve even noticed all the iTunes Store wannabes that have gone out of business?

    Thanks MDN, for iCal-ing this obviously short-sighted, but not unexpected, article from cNet. I will enjoy the schadenfreude when this buffoon is proven wrong.

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