You will enjoy this little video, courtesy of Apple, talking about the new MacBook Air and how it came to be.
Here are some things to watch and listen for as you watch the video.
- Isn’t it ironic that Apple has based this machine on Flash technology, when it was only a few months ago that Steve Jobs was telling us how miserable Flash is and that he wants nothing to do with it? Actually, maybe it’s not ironic. It turns out that “Flash” is the name of two totally different things. The Flash that Steve doesn’t like is resource-hogging software from Adobe, used in web page design. The Flash that Steve does like is a little storage device on a chip, like a camera card. Totally different things, with the same name. What a drag.
- They refer to the camera as a “FaceTime” camera. Yesterday, we called it the iSight camera. Bye-bye, iSight. Hello, FaceTime. I’d expect to see more and more FaceTime stuff as time goes by– including, I predict, coming soon to an iPad near you.
- Does every interview with Jonathan Ive have him facing the same direction, slightly off-screen? So far, yes.
- Bonus: Jonathan Ive says “Aluminium” as only he can say it, at the 2:27 point. Listen for it.
Update: two more things about the new MacBook Airs. First, they are fast— about as fast as the “regular” MacBooks and MacBook Pros. Second, they are thin. Very thin. If they were any thinner they would only have one side! Heh heh. Extra credit for those who laugh at my joke.