Before that I’m thinking Mac Pro in a stylized space age aluminum can, a device so packed with power you truly, madly, deeply want and need to spend $10,000 to make your day. Otherwise, everything else recently has been incremental updates, so it’s time for a change to the product line with little change– the MacBook Air.
Lighter Than Air
Intel announced their latest notebook CPUs that are more powerful, sip less battery juice, and come at a time that coincides with other 2015 developments– USB Type-C connectors, and less expensive Retina displays.
It doesn’t take much imagination to see what Apple could and should be planning for the Mac’s future. The handwriting is on the screen.
I’m thinking MacBook Lighter Than Air, an Air model that’s both thinner and lighter yet comes with more battery life and a Retina display.
Wait. I know what you’re thinking.
How can the MacBook Air get any thinner and lighter? It can. But it must. Why? Because every other Windows PC notebook and Chromebook looks much like a MacBook these days and for Apple to succeed, the game must change.
MacBook Air models today have an array of case-thickening ports. There’s the MagSafe power connector, full-sized USB 3.0 ports, and a miniDisplay Port Thunderbolt combo.
Thick, thick, thick.
Here’s what I’d like to see Apple do to push the state of the art to a new level. A lower priced MacBook Air line with a 12-inch Retina display, 12 to 24-hour battery life (the current 11-inch model has only 9-hours of battery life), slightly smaller keyboard and case, thinner design, re-arranged keys, and… here it comes… wait for it… two USB Type-C connectors.
That means Apple would, could, and should kick out those thick MagSafe power connectors, kick out those thick standard sized USB ports, even throw the thick Thunderbolt and miniDisplay Port under the digital bus. USB Type-C is that good. It handles power, video, and USB, plus, like Apple’s proprietary Lightning cable and connector for iPhone and iPad, it’s reversible, and backwards compatible to older USB standards.
Such a design would make a new MacBook Air ultra thin and light. Like an iPad with a keyboard, but running OS X and Mac apps instead. Intel recently launched the new power sipping but powerful Broadwell CPUs for notebooks, perfect for Apple to stuff into a fanless new aluminum case (what a great time to go into Liquidmetal, though. Starting price at $799.
Hey, it could happen.
Update: Personally, I don’t see Apple ditching the MagSafe connector. It’s too valuable. I’m also bothered by the possible loss of the Thunderbolt miniDisplay Port– unless Apple has a USB Type-3 connector waiting in a new standalone 5k Retina display.