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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
Replying to @marcoarment
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 Aug 9
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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
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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Daniel Curran Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
I think the most useful function they served was as a differentiator from PC laptops; All of those niceties were strong sticking points in my head that made me want to switch from windows, and also made me feel much more satisfied with the switch once I had.
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Daniel Curran Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
It was also such a strong part of Apple’s hardware brand that if you had shown me one the present laptops back in 2005 I would have assumed it was an imposter or a prototype that wasn’t ready yet
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Antonio Strijdom Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
Remember the status lights on the UFO Airport Base Station? What a show!
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Spencer Marsden Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
Of all of those, the one that I’d like to come back is cable management. I honestly don’t miss the LEDs that much, as the act of opening the laptop for a status is fast and reliable. I would hear the argument that they’re not needed anymore. Cable management is always needed.
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Paul Kirvan Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
The breathing sleep light is truly superfluous. Modern Macs are never not asleep. Even if the battery drains completely they can still restore their state within a couple seconds. It also makes it harder for humans to sleep.
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Michael Wyman Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
Several times my MBP has nearly cooked itself on the ride home because I threw it in my bad while it was still on after closing (and it didn’t finish and sleep). I now have to hold it up and listen for fan noise. Would love a little LED.
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Tim G Aug 9
Replying to @mjwyman @marcoarment
Sometimes if I suspect that it hasn't gone to sleep I will play music in iTunes and then close it again just to make sure the music stops. Weird how hard it must be to tell the computer to go to sleep when the lid closes...
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Benjamin Delbanco Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
Those would all be awesome and yet I’d trade them all for a good keyboard and trackpad drivers that weren’t so buggy that gestures don’t work consistently. It’s all irrelevant without good i/o.
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Lewis Thompson Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
Glowing Apple logo was great for that but I don’t miss the reflections on my TV when multitasking in the evening.
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casper Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
And MagSafe 🤞
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James Grotjohn Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
Opening a laptop and finding a dead battery sucks. It makes you mad at your computer. How much more often does this happen because they removed those lights? Way more for me. It made Macs better then PC’s.
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bartabum Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
I agree with all these, they need to come back
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Cam I am Aug 10
Replying to @marcoarment
Most people don’t even realise but the glowing logo absolutely *was* functional. It was a great bias light. Bias lights help reduce eye strain by subtly lighting the space behind the display.
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OnlyMe Aug 11
Replying to @marcoarment
They *weren’t* I think today the sleep led would be superfluous. I don’t turn my devices off, and wake from sleep, even from hibernation is so quick, I conceptually think of my devices as always being on.
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