Presenting: The MacBook Air
MacBook Air - Intel integrated graphics, with no Ethernet, no CD drive, 2 GB of non-replacable/upgradable RAM, flash hard drive, and non-replacable battery, 1.6 GHz Duo Core, no Firewire, no eSATA, with a base model price of almost $1800. Unless you want the solid-state drive, in which case open that second mortgage - $3000.
Hey! But at least it weighs 3 pounds less than a MacBook Pro and you can fit it in a manila envelope.... meaning, I guess, that you can offset some of the expense by saving on a carrying case.
I was trepidatious about the product announcements, because I just gave in and bought a MacBook Pro two weeks ago, and I was gritting my teeth in case they introduced something that really made me regret it - always the risk with the super-secret, disloyal-to-existing-customer-base Apple.
My big fear? A tablet laptop.
But that long, low hiss you hear coming from just north of New York City? That's the sound of me letting out the world's biggest sigh of relief. My impulse purchase has not become obsolete with a keynote speech.
So I have at least a year before the buyer's remorse sets in...
Oddly, the thing I find most alluring in the whole product announcements is the TIme Capsule, Apple's new wireless hard-drive (500 GB/1 TB) merchandised as a tie-in to Time Machine, Leopard's new automated backup. I find myself giving it serious thought.