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On the Eve of the Macworld Keynote

I have no predictions, but I do have more of a personal stake in this keynote—unlike most others. Despite the inevitable technolust each keynote inflames, we don’t buy much stuff. For example, last year’s keynote introduced the iPhone (arguably the coolest gadget evah), yet I value Verizon’s coverage too much to get one, and Anne (who could actually use one) isn’t planning to get one at least until her Verizon contract runs out. What’s the opposite of impulsive?

This year, however, I am in the market for a new laptop. As much as I love my current 12-inch PowerBook (by far the best laptop and indeed the best Mac I’ve ever owned), it’s three years old and doesn’t sport the Intel hotness, and besides I’m getting tired of it telling me “Your startup disk is almost full.” As luck would have it, Apple is rumored to be announcing a new laptop (or laptops) tomorrow. I always thought I needed the smallest laptop Apple made and salivated at the thought of the sub-notebook rumored to be released tomorrow, but riding public transportation has made me realize that I really don’t need the ultimate in portability. A 15-inch MacBook Pro will do just fine.

I see on apple.com that it looks like anyone will be able to watch the keynote. That can only mean an exceedingly Important Announcement will be made.

UPDATE post-keynote: The MacBook Air is sweet, but I really need more of a desktop replacement. Eagerly awaiting the Penryn refresh of the MacBook Pro.

Comments

I'm with you on the Air. I really think it is a great product but I since I use my laptop as a desktop replacement, and not an ultra-portable accessory to a Mac Pro sitting on my desk, I need a Macbook or Macbook Pro.

My black Macbook, now over a year and a half old, is still working great I just wish I had a larger hard drive and a dedicated GPU. Today, I got neither of those. I'm hoping that some point in the not-too-distant future Apple will update its current line of black Macbooks to include the LED display, a much larger hard drive, and perhaps some sort of graphical compromise that will allow me to run applications like Final Cut Pro and Aperture without absolutely crippling my computer.

All of that being said, my wife Eliza has an iBook that is randomly shutting down (presumably because of a small hair-line crack in the logic board), is slow as hell at times, and her hard drive is always megabytes from being full. She desperately needs an upgrade.

If the Macbook Air was $1,000 bucks, or somewhere in that area, I'd be getting her one as soon as possible. But at $1,799 I think I'll be holding out until the next Macbook refresh for her as well. But I might soon not be given the choice if her computer decides to simply not turn on anymore (something I think is bound to happen).

I love forward to all of us getting our next computer. ;)

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