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I know that there is always a whirlwind of rumors swimming the 'tarnets regards what 'Next Big Thing' apple will produce.  Now that 'NBT' always seems to be hardware based first with scrummy things under the hood - see the ipod, the macbook air, the ipod touch / iphone.

So I was wondering what does Apple currently NOT make that you wish they did? Why do you think they should add thsi thing to thier range ( other than you personally wanting to see one)

I really want to see a DRM free, decent sized, OSX compatible e-reader. Not a compact notebook, or a netbook, or a tablet, something that lets me read any text data (and pdf's) on something less ugly than a Kindle, but with a bigger screen than a Sony Ereader I would also  like it to be under $300o r I cannot afford it.

I know I wont' get it (DRM free who am I kidding?) but it's what I'd like to see all the same.

How about you?

Date: 2009-05-13 07:24 pm (UTC)
amadi: A bouquet of dark purple roses (Default)
From: [personal profile] amadi
I'd like a tablet MacBook. Pivoting touch screen, handwriting recognition, all that. I'd also be glad with a true netbook sized MacBook, not the Air, because while light and thin, it still has the same size profile as a regular laptop, or close to. And because of its lightness, it's actually somewhat harder to use on your literal lap, because the balance can be all off.

On a more micro side, I'd love to see a MacBook (especially netbook sized) with an integrated 3G/4G wireless (not wifi) card. It'd probably end up, because of technology limitations, keyed to a specific carrier like the iPhone, which would be suboptimal but I'd take it. I have a feeling something like that is coming in all portable computers, in the next few years. Also, I'd love to see (and maybe it exists but I haven't seen it) an Apple-made (or at least branded) and warrantied power converter for a 12V vehicle outlet. I'm afraid to risk my baby on an aftermarket version, but there are certainly times when I'd like to be able to use it in the car without draining the battery. (As a DVD player for other people in the car on a roadtrip, for example.)

Date: 2009-05-13 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] virulencia
I'd be really happy with a Macbook netbook.

Date: 2009-05-21 01:34 am (UTC)
gemfinder: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gemfinder
Apple doesn't allow clones anymore, meaning since they make their software and hardware, their software is available on their machines. But they use Intel in the newer machines now so after spending a lot of money people can use Windows on a Mac, but not OSX on an IBM. So for right now, having the best of both worlds means owning a newer Mac machine first. They are better designed and look great but it would be nice if people could use OSX on a Vaio or on anything that's more suited to their needs. I'm sure there are people who could do it, in theory, or have already done it.

It would also be nice if they made more software in general, especially more business software. They cater to the creative types. I have to use Windows at work and Microsoft is 'critical' to surviving in an office even when it freezes up at the worst time, but I'd like to try working with Mac software instead, and their machines are probably pricier to outfit an organization with. Sometimes Microsoft has a more useful product for my kind of work.

In high school, there were some Mac machines and some IBMs for student use and I was always able to get a paper done at the last minute on the Macs. They never froze and the IBM machines we had always had problems and had a long line since IBM was what a lot of people were used to. They didn't use the Macs as much because they couldn't take their work to another machine to finish later.

Date: 2009-05-21 02:06 am (UTC)
amadi: A bouquet of dark purple roses (Default)
From: [personal profile] amadi
See, I'm just the opposite, I'd like to see Apple get away from making software altogether. That's not their area of focus and it shows. Give us solid hardware and continue strengthening the titanium solidity of OSX, and leave making piddling "productivity" hardware to Microsloth or the open source people.

And I'm not at all sure how a Vaio running OSX could meet ones needs more than a MacBook Pro running OSX. That I need you to explain.

couldn't disagree more

Date: 2009-05-21 09:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gemfinder
"And I'm not at all sure how a Vaio running OSX could meet ones needs more than a MacBook Pro running OSX. That I need you to explain."

The Sony VAIO VGN-AR18 is one of several laptops with a blu ray drive and the mbp doesn't have that. If you prefer using the osx software and you want to use your laptop to watch blue-ray movies or you need it because you work in media then compatibility would make life much easier. Same for gaming laptops or netbooks; if you want to use osx, then you're limited to the machines Apple makes.

There's a stereotype that people use macs because they're too stupid to figure out how to use Microsoft, but I work overseas and it's really difficult to find a laptop with Microsoft preinstalled in English (and sometimes the machine it's on isn't a bargain and it just isn't the right laptop). With leopard, you can switch the language with a few clicks because it is designed to run in over 130 languages: http://homepage.mac.com/thgewecke/lang5.html . And that's a great for someone who studies languages and wants to switch the language to practice in the other language, and then switch back to the native language. Expats here can buy the one or two English IBMs or pay more money to get Windows in English (installing a new os on a new machine can void the right to return it). You'd pay for the OS twice and get half your money's worth, which always makes people feel smart. So they they don't focus on software, but they really should.

Re: couldn't disagree more

Date: 2009-05-21 09:58 am (UTC)
amadi: A bouquet of dark purple roses (Default)
From: [personal profile] amadi
Blu Ray is about the only thing that I'll grant you. I've never once heard anyone ever suggest here in the US that people use Macs because they're too stupid to figure out Windows, in fact, just the opposite. Here, Mac use is almost a sign of snobbery.

Re: couldn't disagree more

Date: 2009-05-21 10:26 am (UTC)
gemfinder: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gemfinder
Of monetary snobbery, not intellectual snobbery because Apple products aren't cheap, but the programs are pretty easy to use. The stereotype carries over into marketing:
http://globalnerdy.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/pc-vs-mac-1996.jpg

http://www.innergeek.us/blog/2008/12/mac-pc-linux_comic.jpg


http://cfs1.tistory.com/upload_control/download.blog?fhandle=YmxvZzE1Njk4QGZzMS50aXN0b3J5LmNvbTovYXR0YWNoLzExLzExMDcuanBn

http://www.irider.com/kenb/writing/ImAMac/ImAMacComp1.800.jpg

(prices and the gaming you get for it)
http://matiss.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/mac_vs_pc.jpg

basically the mac people are cool and trendy and ibm people are employable, there's a campaign response to it: http://imapc.lifewithoutwalls.com/#

Re: couldn't disagree more

Date: 2009-05-21 01:58 pm (UTC)
amadi: A bouquet of dark purple roses (Default)
From: [personal profile] amadi
I don't think any of the images you linked to are remotely on point to what I'm speaking of.

Re: couldn't disagree more

Date: 2009-05-21 04:02 pm (UTC)
gemfinder: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gemfinder
Ok. If I understood what you wrote, then I'd disagree and say they are on point. Mac is responsible for the Get a Mac ads that stereotype users of both operating systems. They are intentionally stereotyping and the Windows campaign is a response to that. Perhaps you looked at the pictures and saw nothing stating a difference in intelligence. I looked at the pictures and drew a conclusion about what Apple was trying to say to their potential buyers: "Mac users are cool: glasses are out; ties are out; shiny shoes are out; cool jeans are in, so get a Mac and be cooler than all that." The ads reinforce the stereotype even they don't directly state it, because they have someone who looks employed, intelligent, and dull, contrasted with someone who's apparently from high school, and who bought cool jeans instead of a suit and tie.

If I'm still misunderstanding you, perhaps you could clarify your point.

Re: couldn't disagree more

Date: 2009-05-21 08:42 pm (UTC)
amadi: A bouquet of dark purple roses (Default)
From: [personal profile] amadi
I don't think there's a reason to, at this juncture.

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