I’ve been experimenting withing living in the cloud recently, I use Google Docs to create new text or spreadsheets, I use MobileMe and GoogleMail for my contacts / e-mail / cloud disk space and I use Google Reader for my RSS feeds. What I have enjoyed about the cloud so far is to be able to sit down at any computer and the same consistent experience is available from within Firefox.
I usually take my MacBook Pro to and from work every day, but yesterday I just left it at home. How would I survive by only using the iMac in work? Just fine it turns out. I didn’t need access to any old documents, I’m still looking for a solution on how to manage those, but for e-mail and simple document writing, the cloud was great.
This means that I could use my iMac in work but what about the MacBook Pro? I still need a laptop for travelling and visiting clients, and to make it desirable enough to take anywhere, the MBP is just a bit too heavy. I really want the portability of a MacBook Air, but if my documents are all online then I need a connection to the net from anywhere. I feel that Apple called their laptop the Air because it was a nod to ‘the cloud’ rather than how light it was. However, despite the Air being a cloud-oriented computer, why did it not have the one essential component, built in 3G or HSPDA? If Apple would allow Air buyers to use their iPhone 3G’s capability to access the net then they’d have my cash immediately. Any other features Apple may add would be almost irrelevant, just give us communication.