Well, Ol’ Bessie, my faithful Macbook, has been growing long in the tooth, and after a frustratingly failed attempt to upgrade to Snow Leopard (yeah, I know), I thought it might be time to look for something younger, thinner, and sexier.
Speaking of sexier, my dad finally joined the computer age and bought an IMac desktop over the summer. In fact, I’m writing this post on it right now, watching the letters cascade over this gorgeous 27-inch monitor as I type them.
My Macbook was my first laptop, born out of necessity for a portable computer. Since then I’ve bought an IPad, and I’ve come to realize that it aptly handles most of the portable issues I had before (and will be even better if I get Scrivener on it hint hint). My Macbook rarely leaves my desk anymore.
So I loaded up the truck and went to town to peruse the desktops. And I saw the new models. At first, I thought, “Cool, they’re even thinner.” But then I noticed they’ve removed the optical drives. Now I’m a little hesitant.
The simple answer is that I can buy an external drive. I remember way back in Ye Olde Days when I bought my first external CD burner and felt like a god among mortals. But that was back in Ye Olde Days and this is the present. I had half-hoped that the next stage would be Blu-Ray drives or something to that effect, but this just seems like we’re going backwards. It may seem like I’m nitpicking on a trivial issue, but I have a very good reason for not wanting to buy an external optical drive: I just don’t wanna.
Still, it left me curious as to why Apple chose to make this move. Are they expecting optical drives to completely phase out over the next couple of years? Did they remove it purely for aesthetics, so they could make an even thinner model? Is there some scheme that Apple hopes if you don’t have a CD/DVD drive you will resign to shopping more in the App Store and on ITunes? Is it all of the above? Am I just missing that nerdy guy in the turtleneck too much?
I went looking at the new IPhone 5 a few weeks ago (since I still carry a dumb phone), and the big sales pitch was something similar. What’s new? Well, it’s…thinner. Well, I suppose that makes sense. It is a rather bulky phone to carry around with you.
Then I see these commercials for the IPad Mini. Personally, I love the size of my IPad, and all I can thing about the Mini is if you want a smaller screen, then just go buy an IPhone. I don’t get the allure of the Mini. It can’t be cost, because it’s still more expensive than comparable tablets and only $70 cheaper than the regular IPad.
Which brings me back to the desktop. My dad’s desktop is maybe 2 inches thick and has a DVD drive. The new IMac is certainly thinner, but no DVD drive. Is there such a thing as too thin? I wasn’t really worried about it being any lighter considering I wouldn’t be toting a desktop around. So I’ve decided to think on it for awhile and look around at other desktops.
What do you think?