The flash future of the MacBook

The new MacBook Air offers a window into the future of Apple’s laptops. And if you ask Steve Jobs, it’s the future of all laptops.


During his 90-minute presentation at Apple headquarters yesterday, Jobs introduced two models of a redesigned MacBook Air, an 11-inch and 13-inch. Both are supremely skinny (less than .11 inches at the tiniest point) and weigh in at just under three pounds. Two very explicit feature choices enabled that: leaving out the optical drive for loading discs, and the decision to drop the hard drive. Instead, there’s just a flash-based solid-state drive. And there’s going to be more where that came from.


“All notebooks will be like this someday,” Jobs said, adding that the Air is “the future of the MacBook.”


Why? Well, it’s a practical issue: Apple made that design choice in order to squeeze bigger, longer-lasting batteries inside and to slim down the profile as much as possible.


But it’s also related to a larger philosophical issue for Apple. Jobs framed it during his presentation yesterday that the new Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) coming out next summer was heavily informed by the iPad and its instant-on, App Store-accessing iOS mobile operating system… Regcure

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