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the problem with airplanes and the MBP

9552 Views 82 Replies Latest reply: May 27, 2006 11:41 AM by Geofrey Wyatt RSS
  • JeffInChicago Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    May 10, 2006 11:31 AM (in response to Randall Jenkins)
    Are you really the MBP product manager?!? This is a LAPTOP! Apple has the only laptop in the world WITHOUT a car/airplane solution. Five months after launch and I still can not use my MBP on a cross country flight. That is UNSAT! Does someone at Apple own battery stock? People are packing extra batteries, buying inverters, tripping circut breakers, STOP THE INSANITY!!
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • moretti Calculating status...
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    May 10, 2006 11:55 AM (in response to JeffInChicago)
    Contrary to your assertion, Apple is not the only manufacturer affected by this issue. The underlying problem rests on limitations with airline equipment as increasing laptop power requirements have outstripped aircraft cabin power resources. No commercial aircraft (that I'm aware of) offers greater than 75W capacity power sources in the cabin, which is plenty of juice for earlier generation and smaller laptops.

    Have you considered a solar panel and a window seat?

    PB 17, PB 12   Mac OS X (10.4.6)  
  • Richard Sjolund Level 2 Level 2 (235 points)
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    May 10, 2006 12:49 PM (in response to Lawrence Lessig)
    I have a 15" Aluminum PowerBook and I am looking at the new intel 17" MacBook Pro.

    BUT -- I use my PowerBook around the world for photography - and I use it in airplanes - and 4x4 jeeps in the desert.

    I have the iGo (Juice) system and it is GREAT ! --Really, really great!

    The problem here is that Apple does not allow 3rd parties to use the power connection (MagSafe) - and that includes iGo.

    Until that is resolved I WILL NOT BUY A MACBOOK PRO. Period. it would be useless to me on my assignments.

    Dick

    http://www.naturephotostudio.com

    Dual 2.7 G5, intel iMac, 3 G4 Macs, 2 iPods   Mac OS X (10.4.6)  
  • benjackson Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    May 10, 2006 7:22 PM (in response to Richard Sjolund)
    I'm with you. I also WILL NOT BUY a macbook pro until there is a proper solution. It's ridiculous to have to have a substandard solution with a new machine, when my old machine works a lot better (just a bit slower!).

    BOOOO! BOOOO!

    (sorry I'm in theatre)

    hehe
    g5 dual & powerbook 17", Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • J Michael Level 3 Level 3 (645 points)
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    May 18, 2006 11:46 PM (in response to Lawrence Lessig)
    If you travel so much that you need three batteries, the MPS is not for you. Stick with the PowerBook. Lots of good ones on sale cheap.

    I get 4 hours on my 17", though.
    MBP 17/2.16, Mac OS X (10.4.6), Mac Mini, iPod 5G, Nikon D200, Adobe Lightroom
  • creative55 Calculating status...
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    May 19, 2006 9:12 PM (in response to Lawrence Lessig)
    Let's not grouse too much -- we're pretty lucky they supply any power to the seats. All that wiring heats up -- remember that Swissair flight that went down because all the entertainment system wiring got so hot it melted the insulation. I for one prefer to read or sleep on my flights -- I need to get OUT of the office, not replace it with a cramped one at 30,000 feet.
    MacBook Pro 17, Mac OS X (10.4), CS2 User
  • J Michael Level 3 Level 3 (645 points)
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    May 20, 2006 8:54 AM (in response to creative55)
    Excellent point!
    MBP 17/2.16, Mac OS X (10.4.6), Mac Mini, iPod 5G, Nikon D200, Adobe Lightroom
  • Allan Leedy Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)
    The MacBook has a MagSafe power adapter at 60Watts and they sort of say it sort of works with the MBP. Problem (sort of) solved.
    mbP 1,1 2.0 GHz, 2 GB, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • Jon Buckland Calculating status...
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    May 20, 2006 12:33 PM (in response to raathempire)
    the Targus Supply will not power any mac with the MagSafe connecter as far as my research has found
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,500 points)
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    May 20, 2006 1:55 PM (in response to J Michael)
    If you travel so much that you need three batteries,
    the MPS is not for you. Stick with the PowerBook.
    Lots of good ones on sale cheap.

    I get 4 hours on my 17", though.


    As Apple's Intel hardware and software advances, over the coming months the PowerBook is going to be less and less able to keep up with the top of the line. Not a big deal for an amateur, but if you are a professional intending to use professional equipment that keeps pace with the professional equipment of your competitors...

    I am going to hang onto my PowerBook as long as I can, but eventually most of us are going to have to switch to a new Apple portable and it's going to have a MagSafe connector. Hopefully we'll have more plug options by then or it's going to be another reduced capability on the long list of removed features keeping me from buying a MacBook Pro.
    PowerBook G4 15 Aluminum, Mac OS X (10.4.6), 2GB RAM
  • Chas Hulme Level 4 Level 4 (1,130 points)
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    May 20, 2006 2:44 PM (in response to creative55)
    Although unrelated to the subject discussed here, I am constrained to point out that your encapsulation cause for the loss of Swissair flight 111 was not a conclusion of the official investigation. To be fair, you have made a leap from fact to conjecture.

    You have indeed been creative, creative55...



    FWIW, in the interest of promoting fact, not fiction.
    PowerMac G5 2GHz DP, PowerBook G4 1.33GHz 12, (2)Mac Mini, MacBook Pro 2.16GHz?, Mac OS X (10.4.5), ...a couple of PC's
  • Frederick Stevens-Smith Calculating status...
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    May 20, 2006 3:14 PM (in response to Randall Jenkins)
    STFU!!!! macbook PRO PRO PRO PROFESSIONAL = for BUSINESSMEN not APOLOGETIC MAC GEEKS!!!!! When will some people freaking understand this
    Macbook Pro 2.0 2gb, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • Allan Leedy Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)
    And, I guess, for raving, sociopathic potty mouth lunatics.
  • Frederick Stevens-Smith Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)
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    May 20, 2006 3:49 PM (in response to Allan Leedy)
    if you understood the meaning of sociopathic then you would realise it does not apply in this case.

    the last time I heard the phrase "potty mouth" was this morning walking past the local kindergarten...
    Macbook Pro 2.0 2gb, Mac OS X (10.4.6)

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