The new Macbook, however, looked really exciting. As you can see below, it's much thinner than even the current Macbook Air (which is even thinner than my Retina Macbook Pro), it has a retina display itself, and it's internals on pair with my current machine. Essentially, just as good as my current computer, but much thinner and much sleeker. For a few second, I thought I'd have to sell my current device and immediately rush out to get a new one. The fact that its available in Gold, Grey, and Silver was a nice touch as well.
But then I noticed something: it only has one port. As you can see below, rather than a display cord, a power cord, and a USB cord, this computer runs all such devices through the same hole. It looks cool, but this means having to buy all new adapters, being unable to use USB devices when needed, and being unable to project and power the machine at the same time. It's a solvable problem, sure, and in several year it'll seem easy, but sometimes it's nice having an SD card slot, an HDMI port, or multiple USB slots if needed. This "innovation" was in fact a minor step backwards.
In fact, if you look at Apple's current line up, they refuse to simply make the perfect computer. They have the Macbook Pro Retina which has the best screen, and best internals, but is a little pricier, and bigger/clunkier than the rest. The Macbook Air is much cheaper, much thinner, but has an inferior screen to the other two. The new Macbook is the thinnest and has a great screen as well...but is more expensive than the Macbook Air, and lacks more than one port! Whichever computer you choose, you're either sacrificing screen size, screen clarity, ports, or overall thinness. Surely, there's a way to make a computer that has all of these things, right?
But, of course, then it wouldn't be a game. Apple (and all companies) need customers to feel both satisfied and lacking at the same time. They want you to buy a thin computer, but wish the screen were bigger so you'll buy another one someday. They need you get a computer with all the ports and specs, while hoping you'll get something more compact in the future. There should be an easy solution, but until then, we'll need to pick the one we'll regret the least. They're all better than Windows. And of course, nowhere in life or work are decisions really clear cut. There's always a catch.