Computer makers aren't helping users navigate the cloud era. And that includes Apple , says Tim Beyers of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova in the following video.

The new MacBook Air tops out at just 8 GB of RAM -- a strategic mistake when users have come to embrace memory-hogging cloud computing services on a bigger scale. According to Netcraft, there are now more than 158,000 computers controlled by and its web-hosting service, up from 4,600 just four years ago.

Cloud computing is rapidly becoming the new normal in computing, which means users need systems capable of running in-browser apps faster, more efficiently, and more securely. And that, in turn, demands more memory. Apple had a disruptive opportunity to turn the Air into a cloud-optimized machine, and then whiffed.

But so did Google when it gave just 4 GB of memory to Chromebook Pixel buyers. That's the good news for Apple investors. Today's MacBook Air may be lacking as an onramp to the cloud, but there's still time to remedy the problem.

Think of what might be were Apple to design an Air with 32 GB or even 64 GB of RAM. Even Chromebook Pixel fans would be hard-pressed to pass up the $1,000 MacBook in that configuration. And if Google gets there first? Look out below.

Do you agree? Please watch to get Tim's full take, and then let us know what you think of the new MacBook Air in the comments box below.

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Steven Swan

With the price of hard drives these days and the NSA bs I'm in no hurry to embrace the cloud.

June 19 2013 at 10:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is this a joke? Ram for cloud services, lol

June 18 2013 at 9:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric Hickam

I believe that the error made was confusing RAM and SSD or hard drive storage? Even that doesn't justify the claim that cloud computing is more resource intensive than running local applications in a more standard operating system. Really, this is shoddy, inaccurate journalism which doesn't even bother to verify the source used.

The fact is that checking the accuracy of your sources is paramount in journalism. Moreso in a case like this where the authors first hand knowledge is lacking.

June 18 2013 at 7:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Daniel Dillard

A Fool, indeed.

June 18 2013 at 3:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Darren Griffin

I'm trying very hard to believe that this is some sort of a joke because no-one who writes on these subjects could possible have such a complete lack of understanding of the subject - surely?

I suggest you find something else to wax lyrical about, you clearly no zip about computers and what/how RAM is used!

June 18 2013 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ben Cunningham

Cloud computing services hog memory on remote servers, not users' browsers. Your utter lack of knowledge combined with your unflappable air of certainty makes for a hilarious read. Keep it up!

June 18 2013 at 2:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply