Originally Posted by Domino
Touchscreen laptops existed for quite a long time. The come in "tablet" forum. A touch screen laptop with a stylus? Never heard of those before? I used to take notes with one in engineering (going to do it again because they are very ergonomically and make a significant contribution to improving my organisation and lower my every day carry load by many Kg as those engineering text books are so large. It's great that companies like Adobe, Amazon, IBM, Microsoft stirred the market to introduce tablets and e-books, and many other contributors that started to move their texts and resources to an online data base. With the market heading that direction, these touch laptops, or convertibles, or whatever you want to throw a word onto to describe a tablet to be something other then a touch screen, it wasn't Apple that drove this market. In fact, they failed the PC market, failed the online textbook market, pushed crappy music and recording standards, and, well, I'll let logic do the rest.
Since the introduction to this term known as "efficiency" was ever considered to be valid in the English dictionary, using different shapes to maximise space while using limited resources, or making them lighter, for example, making a wedge design in ultra portables (existed long before Apple's Air), is a natural transition. Hey, it's the same reason why tanks armour started to be sloped. Likewise, they benefited from improving the deflection propreties of incoming rounds, and looked more appealing to look at? I dunno, it's just this wonderful engineering technique called "efficiency". The reason why the laptops look "similar" is because it was the route they were going to go anyway. Frankly, if you can't tell the difference between each laptop that share this minimalistic design, there must be something wrong with you cognitive function. As no one denied, Apple marketed their products well; but get over it, your beloved Apple is not as special as they like to appear to be. Give credit to the ones that actually deserve the attention that actually made the market possible, not some abusive CEO that screwed so many people. Hey, let me know how their small market share is in the PC world. Oh, don't tell me, it sucks.
You said they drove the market. They didn't; and they couldn't as they never really invented anything. To drive the market you need something to market; and they never made it to begin with. The more deserving people made it happen - not Apple. Apple would have been nothing if LG, Samsung, Microsoft, and many others would have said "Ha, screw you, we'll use this existing technology for ourselves." Nope, we'll be using more practically designed and innovative products instead of, and the studies show, the patent bashing on software was hindering the market anyway.
What exactly is high DPI screens? What's your average? What are you comparing it to? Apple coined the "retina" display, is that now high DPI? What about 90 DPI vs 72 DPI, would 90 DPI be a higher DPI screen? 1080p displays existed in small form factors long before. The thing was, a 11.6in 1366x768 laptop didn't need a couple million more pixels as it just merely killed batterylife, made rendering a pain (even the first rMBP couldn't render a facebook webpage properly), and made no practical sense as not only were these not professional grade displays but they weren't going to be used for professional purposes because they were sickly slow at doing anything outside of minor workloads. Have you seen 1080p on a productive device like the higher end Win8 tablets? Everything is so tiny. What the heck can you fit on such a small screen other then basic uses? Are you going to be rendering the next 100 billion dollar blocksbuster on it? No; you'll problem enjoy some media, music, compressed online videos, do notes, etc., because you'll rather plug this device in a professional, calibrated display with professional tools if you were in such a field. Might be just me, but I love to have that extra 1 hour worth of battery life then interpolated imaged on my 10.1 in tablet. Have you tried rendering a massive resolution with a GPU that is far worse then a simple 8600GT? Doesn't sound like you have. The benefits to such a display is moot as you are merely making the image worse through interpolation. Why am I saying this? It's because good products don't always sell well, the marketing and money making factor makes it more appealing to the market. If you worked for any company that makes billions a year you'd understand. Heck, we'd be pumping slug out of the tailings ponds and turning it into gas and helping the environment if that was the case (good products sell well if you lost your train of thought yet).
What exactly did Apple do "right"? The touch screen didn't change. My physical buttons are missing and the touch pads have only gotten worse and idiotic. Why can't I just have a nice two button, multi-touch input device like we used to? Why the heck did we decide to go back to this crappy one button mouse configuration? Why is technology going backwards in this department?
Sorry, just ranting over the non-sense in this thread. Feels good. Even more fun if you read it in Dr. Cox's Voice. lol!