I’m not entirely sure how many different computers I’ve owned throughout the years, but I know it’s a lot. More than a dozen. Maybe two dozen? Right now I own an iMac (with a second monitor on my desk), a Retina MacBook Pro (my main personal machine), and a MacBook Air (my work machine).
Yes, that alone is ridiculous. But it’s even more ridiculous when you throw in all the various iDevices (and a couple Android devices) I own as well. I feel the urge to streamline. But I’m not quite ready to just yet. I think I’m going to buy one more computer this year. And I have a suspicion that this may be the last year I ever do that.
Expectations are starting to build for Apple to make this the year that everything goes “retina”. 1 That is, we may see a Retina Thunderbolt Display to fulfill the promise of the new Mac Pros. With that, we may see the iMac go Retina as well. And the most likely update would complete the transition: a Retina MacBook Air.
If all of these come to pass, I’ll undoubtedly be getting one of them. Which one? It’s hard to say for sure before I see just how beautiful a massive retina display can be. But I suspect a Retina MacBook Air will be the better choice for me as I rarely sit at my desk anymore.
Having used so many computers over the years, I’m pretty sure I know what my ideal machine would be now. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display is very close. But the 11-inch MacBook Air I have still easily trumps it in size. However, that screen is a little small and blurry for my taste… And so I believe a 12-inch MacBook Air with a Retina display would be the perfect computer.
If such a machine magically appeared in my life, I believe I could get rid of all of the other computers I now use without any reservation. And again, I think it may be the last computer I ever buy.
Computer performance gains have now plateaued to the point where I really can’t tell the difference in speed between my three-year-old iMac and my MacBook Air which is only a few months old. Even the reviews of the new insanely spec’d-out Mac Pro suggest the same thing.
And so while I await a world where the iPad is good enough for all my computing needs — I think we’re still a few years away — I believe a Retina MacBook Air would be the last traditional computer I would ever need to buy.
Which is a weird thought after nearly 30 years of buying personal computers.