The most interesting thing about Apple’s mild update of its MacBook
Air models late last month is the $100 price cut for base models across the board, which drops the 11.6-inch Air to an almost inexpensive-sounding (at least in an Apple context,
considering you still get a unibody aluminum enclosure and a first-rank Intel Core i processor) $899—just $100 more than the high-end Wi-Fi iPad Air with the same 128 GB of storage memory.
So, is the new base Air a potential alternative to an iPad as a mobile computing platform? And, for that matter, vice-versa?
Last fall, I thought a lot about the concept of replacing both my iPad and my long-in-the-tooth MacBook with an 11.6-inch MacBook Air. It would be great to be able to have one computer serve as a
do-all platform—sort of the 1990s Mac-as-digital-hub concept. However, after much careful deliberation, I determined that attempting to do that using the smallest MacBook…