Apple engineer reveals how the new 12-inch MacBook was born

Okay, so OMG, this thing is really making the rounds. Thank you all so much for sending it our way. (Now, please stop!)

It’s one of those subtitled videos (not Hitler this time, but an interview from Spanish TV) that offers a critique of something, in this case, Apple’s revolutionary new MacBook. If you understand Spanish, it won’t have nearly the same impact. It seems it’s made by some luddite Windows sufferer who still hasn’t figured out that where Apple leads, even his cheap crappy plastic PC will follow eventually if he waits long enough (see: the mouse, the GUI, the floppy drive, the laptop, the trackpad, the PDA, integrated Wi-Fi, killing the floppy drive, etc., etc., etc.).

But, regardless, this is funny! We’ll even put it on our new MacBooks’ 512GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage.

We like it. Our inbox is full of people who like it, so here you go:

 
Since laughter is so good for your health, this guy (actor Juan Joya Borja a.k.a. “El Risitas” or “The Giggles”) might live forever*!

*unless his dental issues give him a heart attack. (If that unfortunate occurrence ever happens, please bury that sweater along with him.)

MacDailyNews Note: Origin: In June 2007, Borja was interviewed by host Jesus Quintero on the Spanish-language television program Ratones Coloraos, where he burst into laughter after telling a humorous anecdote about throwing kitchen pans into the sea while working at a beach restaurant as a young man.

 
[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers far too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

29 Comments

    1. You know, a lot of folks thought a Mac without a floppy disc would never sell. They were wrong. A lot of folks thought the MacBook Air would never sell. They were wrong.

      Apple seems to have an uncanny way of anticipating what people will need in the future, well before most end-users figure it out. Time will tell if they are right again. If I had to put money on it, I’d go with Apple over trondude.

    2. If I use my MBP on the road, I only use the power connector and maybe the usb for a flash drive.
      But around the house / office, every plug is used.
      The power plug
      The firewire 800 plug for my firewire drives
      The external monitor for the 24 Inch monitor
      The 2nd usb for the cooling pad it sits on (makes a big diff when doing videos)
      the SD plug has a full time 64 Gig chip flush mounted in it
      The speaker plug is plugged into an external speaker system.

      OK no wired internet, I use wifi for that.

      Its all in what you want to do with the system.

    3. Why is it that you fail to understand that more and more devices are going wireless and DON’T NEED PORTS. This computer is leading the tech world away from wires.

      1. I agree. You don’t need the ports. You need a lot of money. Is retina so pricey? Maybe. But just last autumn I’ve spent the same money for 13″ MBPro (with retina). And Air?! Oh no, rubbish… Is that “the new tehnology and pipeline” tax? It may be so. But I won’t buy it.

  1. I thought it was pretty funny too but PC fanboys are ripping on it because it doesn’t have the latest specs. Apple doesn’t like to talk about specs unless they translate to a helpful user experience.

    For the MacBook buyer, the difference between an Intel M or i5 will be negligible, as will the need for external ports (save maybe a headphone jack). What will be important is using the device; the retina display, the keyboard, the trackpad, the ease of connecting to wi-fi, the OS, the linking to your iDevices and the iPad-like portability of it.

    And that’s why I want one. Plus, it’s the first gold Apple device that I actually would want.

  2. Soooo freaking funny…
    In the other hand, I know Spanish and did not understand a single word until I read they were speaking Spanish. So I reload the video and started to understand what they were saying… I must say, the subtitles version is way better and funnier.

  3. Admittedly the video even without subtitles is funny. But I recall similar laughing when Apple:
    – Introduced the original Macintosh without the industry standard 5 1/4″ floppy disk drive
    – Introduced the iMac without ANY floppy drive
    – Introduced the iPhone without a physical keyboard
    – Introduced the iPad without a USB port
    – Introduced the MacBook Air without an optical drive
    – Used a brand new connector on the iPhone five that was incompatible with every accessory that had been made for previous iPhones and iPods

    1. And I should have added that PC users laughed at the whole idea of a mouse for several years until Microsoft finally got a semi-usable version of Windows running in place of DOS. Then they reluctantly decided that a mouse was actually a good thing.

  4. I thought it was funny, too. Creative at least.

    I’ve been thinking about who the market is for this MacBook, and it’s my wife. She prefers her now 6 year old MacBook over using an iPad for most things she does. But she has probably never used the disk drive and maybe from time to time downloads some photos from our Nikon DSLR . . . other than that, she never uses the ports. All music, video and files come from the Internet or local network and always wi-fi.

    I suspect that if millions of people asked themselves the same question, they would arrive at it this conclusion, too. The only problem might be the price because as gorgeous as it is, $1,299 is a chunk of change. Still, it will be our next home laptop. I need a MacBook Pro with Retina because I’m often using both Thunderbolt ports at the same time even. And both exist, so I’ve got no gripes.

  5. On my five year old Macbook Pro, Other than charging, I rarely use my other ports. Most everything wirelessly.

    I am really wondering if a new Apple TV will allow wireless transmission to and exterior monitor in dual monitor mode vs. mirroring. Then I would be hard pressed to come up with a need for so many ports on the side of my Macbook.

  6. This single USB-3 port really reminds me of the iPad model where the port is really a multi-purpose docking port. My problem is that Apple adapters only provide VGA or USB without power. The adapters really should also have an additional USB-3 port for pass thru so you could daisy-chain them as Apple does with the iPad adapters. As I understand it, if I want to use USB or video out, it won’t be charging. I guess there will be 3rd-party multi-function docking solutions…

    1. There are, so far, three adapters available for the USB-C port:

      – USB-C to USB-A
      – USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter to connect the MacBook USB-C port to HDMI, while also connecting a standard USB device and a USB-C charging cable.
      – USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter to connect the MacBook USB-C port to a VGA display, while also connecting a standard USB device and a USB-C charging cable.

      So yes, you can charge the MacBook while driving an external monitor while connecting a USB device (which could be a powered hub).

      This is all covered in the MacBook tech specs section, including links to the adapters, etc.

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