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 Amazon.com 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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