Cult of Mac: 11.6-inch MacBook Air

Steve Jobs during the introduction of the new MacBook Air:

We asked ourselves, “What would happen if a MacBook and an iPad hooked up?” Well, this is the result. … We think it’s the future of notebooks.

Cult of Mac on the 11.6-inch MacBook Air:

This is the future of notebooks. The 11-inch Air blends extreme portability with surprising power. Starting at $999, it’s priced to sell.

The only thing that concerns me is the absence of a backlit keyboard. Right this minute, I’m using that backlight feature on my MacBook Pro to bang out this post in a dark room.

The lack of an optical drive might be a concern but when you’re buying music online, streaming movies, downloading software there really is little need. The one thing you need the optical drive for is OS re-installations and that will soon be taken care of with Apple moving to USB flash drives. I might even consider Other World Computing’s Data Doubler that replaces the optical drive on select MacBooks with a SSD.