Thursday, January 17, 2008

MacBook Air SuperDrive not supported on other Macs

Apple says the MacBook Air SuperDrive is made specifically for the MacBook Air and is not supported on any other Mac.

That is a disappointment. However, we don't know yet what that really means. It could work on other Macs even if it is not supported.


Several have now confirmed that the MacBook Air's external USB SuperDrive does NOT work on other Macs.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

MacBook Air released. It's tiny, and it's feature poor.

Apple today released its much anticipated MacBook Air. It comes in a very spiffy new design. It's tiny! Yet it still sports a full sized 13.3" screen and full sized keyboard.

The specs are as follows:

Core 2 Duo 1.6 GHz (or a 1.8 GHz for $300 more)
80 GB 4200 rpm 1.8" drive (or a 64GB flash drive for $999 more)
13.3" 1280x800 LED-backlit LCD
GMA X3100 graphics
2 GB RAM (non-upgradable)
802.11n + Bluetooth
Multitouch trackpad
Full sized backlit keyboard
Aluminum enclosure
No optical drive (or an external drive for $99)
DVI/VGA output (via dongles)
1 USB 2.0 port (but no Firewire - no target mode?)
Audio port (analogue only, no optical)
Speaker and microphone
Non-removable battery
No Ethernet port (but an optional dongle is available)


In other words, it's gorgeous, it's tiny, it's feature poor, and it's very expensive. Is this the Cube all over again? Well, maybe not, but I wouldn't be surprised if this turns out to be one of Apple's worst selling laptops in its current line.