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Marco Arment Aug 9
I don't really have an opinion on this story, but you know what I miss? This battery-level feature on pre-Retina Apple laptops. (For those unfamiliar: It's a button and a row of tiny LEDs. Push the button, and the LEDs indicate the battery charge level.)
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Marco Arment Aug 9
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It's a feature that's in almost every USB battery today. It would still be useful today to know the charge level of your laptop without opening it!
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Marco Arment
Little niceties I'd love to see return to Apple's laptops, independent of any particular spec nitpicks of each era: - charging/charged LED on power cable - cable-management solution on power brick - charge-level indicator button/LEDs - "breathing" sleep LED - glowing Apple logo
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Marco Arment Aug 9
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They weren't unnecessary. They weren't superfluous. They were all delightful details, and each one also served a useful function. (Even the glowing logo! You could tell if the screen was erroneously on when it was closed.)
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Casey Liss Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
I would have bet on you hating the breathing LED. (I also miss it)
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John Siracusa Aug 9
Replying to @caseyliss @marcoarment
That’s because you can’t remember any of the podcasts you’ve been on, including the ones where explained how much he loved the breathing light.
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Casey Liss Aug 9
Replying to @siracusa @marcoarment
New phone who dis
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Josh Centers Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
My favorite Apple feature of days gone by is how you could eject the battery and optical drives on late-90s PowerBooks. You could even replace an optical drive with a second battery.
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Timothy Buck Aug 9
Replying to @jcenters @marcoarment
Remember just swapping batteries when one died! 😃
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Josh Centers Aug 9
Like an animal
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James Welsh Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
Same list, plus MagSafe. Those were the days...
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Geoff Harriman Aug 10
Agreed; Marco’s list, plus MagSafe, and the full power cord (i.e., extension cable too). was right when he said charging extra for the full cable feels like nickel-and-diming.
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Dan Wineman Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
1. Make the power brick round, with a channel for wrapping the cord 2. Put a Qi coil inside so I can easily charge my phone while I'm on my laptop 3. Congratulations, you shipped AirPower
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Brad McGilligan Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
You don’t miss MagSafe?
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jramskovk Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
"- cable-management solution on power brick" They stopped making that?! I guess I should continue using my Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013 MacBook Pro for some years yet :) It is still running pretty well for my usage, so no plans about upgrading.
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Josh Marshall Aug 10
Replying to @jramskovk @marcoarment
That’s my daily driver too, and the exact same sentiment. Even got an eGPU working with it.
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Jimmy Callin Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
+ including the extension cord in the box
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Alberto Sendra Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
Even Dell is doing it better
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Liddle ‘Peach Mint Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
My big hope right now is that the new MacBook pros are going to get all the love and attention they just have to the Mac Pro. Apple knows how to make the best laptops in the world when they focus on it. They can give us everything. And I’d so pay for it.
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Carl Mesner Lyons Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
+MagSafe
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Mark Weaver Aug 9
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MagSafe
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