John Gruber reviewed the iPad Air:
But the tremendous weight reduction in the iPad Air complicates this equation. A year ago, a new iPad 4 weighed 1.4 pounds (650 grams); an 11-inch MacBook Air weighs 2.38 pounds (1,080 grams). There’s something about the fact that last year’s iPad 4 was quite a bit more than half the weight of a MacBook Air, and this year’s iPad Air (1.0 pound / 469 grams) is quite a bit less than half the weight of a MacBook Air. For one thing, it makes the iPad Air seem more reasonable as a supplement to a MacBook (filling the role I had previously thought best served by the iPad Mini). And on the flip side, for those who really care about traveling light, it makes the iPad Air far more compelling as a replacement for traveling with a MacBook at all.
The iPad Air sounds like a great upgrade, but I’m just not interested in it (or the new iPad Mini) in the slightest. Later, Gruber says:
So I’m envisioning two types of people:
- Those who still need or merely want to carry a MacBook with them when they travel, but who also want to carry an iPad.
- Those whose portable computing needs can — all, or even just most, of the time — be met by an iPad.
There’s a third group of people Gruber doesn’t mention, and it’s the one I fall into: those of us whose needs are met entirely by a desktop Mac and/or a MacBook and an iPhone. I’ve owned two iPads over the years, and original and an iPad 3, and I loved both of them (particularly the original). But the MacBook Air and my iPhone fill all of my portable needs, and there’s no room in the middle.