The month of October 2011 has been a monster when it comes to dealing with Apple. My 24″ Cinema Display died. Two iPhone 4s beauties arrived. I have a new 27-inch Thunderbolt Display in tow and a sweet, 11-inch, MacBook Air in hand along with all sorts of other extra accessories like the Magic Trackpad, SuperDrive for MacBook Air and an Apple Bluetooth keyboard. I feel as if I’ve been living in the online Apple Store and the 14th Street Apple Store in Manhattan has become my third home.
I wanted a MacBook Air since they first appeared a couple of years ago. I like my notebook machines to play a role as my sole computer and the MacBook Airs — until now — have always been underwhelming and underpowered. Sure, they looked great, but they were slow and more novelty than serious workhorse.
That all changed when Apple allowed some pretty keen built-to-order specs for the tiny, 11-inch, MacBook Air — like upgrading to a dual-core 1.8 GHz Intel i7 Core and a 256GB Flash drive — I bit on those upgrades and in exactly seven days I had a new MacBook Air straight from China. Apple now uses FedEx Home for deliveries — and I hate it — the good old days of only two years ago had all accessories and computers from China shipped via FedEx for 10:30am delivery.
The first thing that strikes you about the MacBook Air is that it really is tiny and thin and knife-life. Love it. I knew I wanted to go small. I wanted the 11-inch display instead of the 13-in display and I do not for a moment regret getting the tinier screen.