Steve Jobs is known to turn crowds from silent to roar, but it was far from it during this year’s Macworld Expo in San Francisco. One person from the crowd shouted, “Lame” after Apple’s keynote address presented by Jobs.
Apple’s MacBook Air, priced at $1,799, is still a question on whether the laptop will meet all essential needs for the user. The unruly crowd didn’t seem desperate enough to pay money for it, which is very rare at any previous Macworld conferences.
Most of the 10,000 spectators got their place in line at 5 o’oclock in the morning and shared their displeasure of waiting for hours to hear a keynote address that seemed colder than hot.
The main reason for the disappointments was because people strongly thought Steve Jobs would announce another major surprise as he’s done with all Macworld conferences.
Some people felt that the new machine is way over priced, with online movie rentals at $2.99 for old movies, $3.99 for new releases.
However, the MacBook Air is optimized to run on wireless networks and is not well-suited to a more wired world. It does not have an Ethernet port and the battery can’t be removed.
While the MacBook Air doesn’t seem like a market challenger, financial analysis say that Apple has succeeded in the past when it was ahead of the market. For example, the all-in-one desktops wasn’t so popular until the iMac came out and the 13-inch displays weren’t popular until Apple released the MacBook.
While the MacBook Air is named for it’s improved functionality, rather than a revolutionary new platform, only time will tell if the consumer will decide if it’s a good enough product for the price.