“When the MacBook Air first debuted in 2008 there was a lot of media carping about ‘compromises’ and it being too thin for its own good,” Brooke Crothers writes for Forbes. “Fast forward to this past week and the new MacBook: only one connector (like the 2008 MacBook Air) and 13mm of compromises.”
MacDailyNews Note: Actually, the 2008 MacBook Air offered one USB 2.0, one MagSafe port, one 3.5 mm headphone jack, and one Micro-DVI video port. The new MacBook offers one USB-C port and one headphone port (headphone/optical digital audio output (minijack) with support for Apple iPhone headset with remote and microphone).
“But it will succeed because it meets a market need (like the Air before it). And because it’s Apple,” Crothers writes. “The new MacBook, I think, will eventually succeed (racking up big sales numbers) where others have not because it doesn’t try to be a tablet, like many of the kludgey 2-in-1s. It just tries to be a laptop that’s as portable as a tablet.”
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MacDailyNews Take: For users like us, who have iMacs on our desks, but want the lightest possible notebook for working on the road, the new MacBook, with its Retina display, is way too tempting. The more we consider it, the more we want it. For years, the only port we’ve ever used on our MacBook Airs is the charging port. We’ll be upgrading our portable Macs from 11-inch MacBook Airs to MacBooks this summer, barring any decision-altering MacBook Pro/Air developments in the meantime.