There are comments around whether the MacBook Air is a companion product for power usesr.
I only want one computer, my life is in the cloud anyway, but this highlights a problem with Apple that has been bugging me for a year.
The Apple Software is designed for a single user and that scenario is just incorrect for many home users. iPhoto and iTunes (to a lesser extent) are the classic example. My wife and I both take photos, I want some of them on my laptop and we want all of them backed up and deduped etc.
With Time Capsule there is a single household NAS for backup. So the hardware and network is in place. iTunes supports an easy-to-use interface for syncing collections down to your iPod and AppleTV so you can manage storage limits on multiple devices - but this is off your library on your primary Mac. The next step has to be an iPhoto and iTunes home server.
Not only is this required for the 2+ user scenario, it is now required by the smaller disk size of the MacBook Air when you cannot possibly hold all of your photos or music.
I think it should work like this.
- iTunes gets a ‘New Media’ section. Photo’s or new Tunes are loaded onto your working Mac as per normal but identified as a collection of ‘New Media’.
- When you connect to your local network, all that New Media is seamlessly loaded back to your central Library. iTunes allows you to categorize and tag it from your local machine.
- Multiple Mac’s can use the same home library. Content is de-duplicated as it is uploaded.
- Just like with an Apple TV you set the sync rules but the central library is the master and your working Mac only gets a subset sync’d down so you can manage the size of files you carry with you.
Sort of like this …
Apple software right now is lagging behind the hardware. What do you think? Is it so obvious they must be working in it?