As for the future of Apple’s MacBook Air, there is reason to believe that it will soon no longer be part of Apple’s lineup.
The best new ideas seem silly, usually wrong until they get a deeper look. I like ideas like that. A yes, I present:
MacBook Air Future
The article of the week on particle debris is from Ewan Spence of Forbes. Yes, this Forbes. ::cough::
What made the MacBook Air stand out in 2008 is now outdated in 2020. The “Air” is still considered a “thin” machine, and there are countless thin notebooks around the world. If you take the MacBook Pro, you’ll find a 1.56cm thick laptop. The MacBook Air measures 1.61 cm. Yes, it has the taper on the leading edge unlike the Pro’s constant depth, but is a small wedge enough to justify the Air nickname?
Personally, I don’t think so, and from what we’ve learned from the supply chain, Apple agrees. When the ARM-powered macOS laptops appear later this year, the machine built around power and performance will be the MacBook Pro, while the machine built around lightweight, ultraportable computing will be known simply as the MacBook. .
I saw this rumor myself. Now, some may point out that we have a well-built line of parallel iPads: iPad, iPad Air, iPad Pro. But when did Apple ever let the product names of one product line dictate the strategy of another?
And so, I agree with author Spence. What do you think?
Apple News debris of the week
• A future iPad Pro may have a mini led display, according to AppleInsider. “The iPad Pro will be Apple’s first Mini LED device, Kuo says.“
In a note to investors on Wednesday, [TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi] Kuo said he believes the iPad Pro will be the first Apple device to sport a mini LED display. It was previously speculated that the distinction would go to a revamped MacBook Pro or iMac.
• Every once in a while I find an article that summarizes something that interests me. It brings all the details together in a very organized and pleasant way. Here’s one I found for Apple One: “Apple One: What you need to know about Apple service bundles.“
• Apple has picked up a bit of heat lately, but Bloomberg’s editorial board reminds us, “As the iPhone maker takes on Epic Games, it’s worth remembering what’s really at stake.” They remind us, “The Apple App Store is not bad.“
This whole chain of events was like a waterfall. Epic immediately unveiled a prepackaged PR crusade, including a video parody and hashtag campaign. An ongoing ad campaign portrays the dispute as a battle between David and Goliath on behalf of modest app makers, who in this story are being forced to pay Apple’s punitive fees….
This framing has things upside down. The App Store has in fact been extremely useful for consumers, stimulated competition and – most importantly – provided immense benefits to small businesses. The challenge for Apple is to make sure it stays that way.
• Matthew Miller writes for ZDNet: “Apple Watch Series 6 First Look: New Colors, Blood Oxygen Sensor, and Improved Internal Components.“
Unlike some reports that question accuracy of the SPO2 sensor, author Miller reports:
I tested the Apple Watch Series 6 [SPO2] against the Garmin Forerunner 745 and saw results within 2% of each other. Last night I wore the Apple Watch Series 6 and Fitbit Sense with blood oxygen levels also within 2% of each other.
So I would be wary of reports that strongly question accuracy until we have seen a lot more field trials. In any case, Apple Product Notes State:
Measurements in the Blood Oxygen app are not intended for medical use, including self-diagnosis or consultation with a physician, and are intended for general fitness and wellness purposes only.
For more (cautiously) see, “Apple Watch’s blood oxygen sensor might not be all it’s cracked up.”
• Finally, if you are considering an 8th generation iPad 2020, you should know what is the same and what is new, different and improved. This review does exactly that. “Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad (8th Generation, 2020) review: still got it.“
Particle Debris is usually a mix of John Martellaro’s observations and opinions on one event or one or more standout articles of the week, followed by a discussion of articles that did not make the headlines of TMO, the debris of new techniques. The column is published most every Friday.