Macbook Air multitouch, remote disc and superdrive
OK some quick things on using a Macbook Air:
* “Superdrive”:http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/15/the-macbook-air-superdrive/ is a USB drive, but amazingly it only works with the Macbook Air. I don’t really understand that as it is just a USB device. Belongs in the, that’s crazy. Now of course, I don’t plan to use it anywhere else, but why did Apple do this?
* “Remote Disc”:http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=307317. I have to admit, this is kind of Microsoft-ish in the hacked way that it works. First, you have to get the install DVD and put it into a Mac or a Windows machine. Very strange not to have this as a free download somewhere. It loads some huge driver. The biggest bummer though is the remote drive is only useful for installing software. You can’t watch a DVD with it, you can’t burn a DVD or CD with it and sharing is all or nothing so that if you allow sharing, anyone on your network can snarf the drive. Seems like a quick hack feature to me.
* “Multitouch”: . The new Macbook Air uses the same touch controller as the iPod Touch and iPhone. Actually most of the gestures are already available on the Macbook and Macbook Pro. The only one I found that are new is the pinch and squeeze to zoom in and out. Also only works on the Finder, Safari and iPhoto. Most useful feature is zooming in on thumbnails with Finder although you need to hold a Control key down to make it work for full zoom.
The documentation of these new features is really small and in fact, lots of the multitouch things are already available on the current Macbook and Macbook Pro. The
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