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For a while I wasn't sure what else Apple could make but now I do. A bluetooth and wired backlit keyboard would be great. I know they can do this. The bluetooth backlit one may be harder just because that eats up batteries. I also want them to add backlit keyboards, LED screens, H.264 video chips, Bluray disc option and up to 500 GB HDD drive option and embedded GPS location to their Macbooks.
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Just a lone, solitary request, if I may.... an HDD activity light.

That's it. That's all I want. I can deal with all of the other eccentricities. I know one can use software to show you HDD activity, but that software doesn't run in Windows, nor does it work if you've got the spinning beachball and want to see if there's activity before hard resetting.

I know a lot of people don't like flashing lights - fine, no problem. Allow the user to turn it off if they don't like it, or disable it from the factory and supply us with a command to enable it. But please, this is just one thing that I miss from PCs. I don't think it's too much to ask, Apple - pretty please? It won't cost you much, I promise.

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yeah...back light the wired one...even though I already have one.... I can't really think of anything else except make the mighty mouse side buttons independent (I like my 5 or more button mouses )
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Two button mouse/trackpad. The one thing I always hated about one button system. I end up using a Logitech VX Revolution.
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Just a lone, solitary request, if I may.... an HDD activity light.
I couldn't agree with you more. I've been wanting that for years.
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uh dude...the mighty mouse is a 4 button...(right and left click are actually different even though it's a seam less case)then you have the scroll wheel click, and squeezing the side buttons is another one (not 2 )
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uh dude...the mighty mouse is a 4 button...(right and left click are actually different even though it's a seam less case)then you have the scroll wheel click, and squeezing the side buttons is another one (not 2 )
I understand the mighty mouse has the touch-sensitive two button set up. I meant Apple should change to the traditional two button. I don't like the might mouse.
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Just a lone, solitary request, if I may.... an HDD activity light.
Agreed! Been a want of mine now for years and years. Back in the System 6 and later Mac OS 7-9 days, I had a little application that flashed a light in the toolbar to show hard drive activity.
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Agreed! Been a want of mine now for years and years. Back in the System 6 and later Mac OS 7-9 days, I had a little application that flashed a light in the toolbar to show hard drive activity.
I don't know about SATA drives, but I'm pretty sure there's a pin on the old PATA drives that was dedicated to hard drive activity. If this MBP had a PATA drive, I'd be tempted to get out my soldering iron

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My wish is more something that was removed from their computers and I want it back.

On the white imacs. G5 to C2D. There is a little light on the bottom right on the computer under the screen that comes on when the computer is in sleep. flashing for a screen sleep and a solid light for a screen + hard drive sleep. it just appears there through the plastic. And it's something I really like. As sometimes I let my computer sleep for a while then i forget whether it's asleep or off. But that light is there telling me if so and what sleep it's in. Light or deep sleep.

But it seems the new alu imacs don't have this feature. Well not on the ones I've seen. And I want it back. It's one of the reasons I like my white imac much better than the alu ones.

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About the HD indicator light. Would this app do that function?

http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/menumeters/
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About the HD indicator light. Would this app do that function?

http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/menumeters/
Sure does, I've been using it for years....


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About the HD indicator light. Would this app do that function?

http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/menumeters/
Sure, but it doesn't work if the UI has stopped responding. It's also useless if you've booted your computer into Windows (which like it or not is a major selling point for the Mac these days).

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more support for 5.1 audio, maybe via wifi
built in esata3 port
built in all-in-one memory card slot(s)
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I"m with cwa107 here, hard drive activity LED on the front panel would be a welcomed addition.....pure and simple. Easy to design in, heck they could put a little switch on the back side of the machine to flip it on and off if you wish ! it's low voltage.

This is a multiplatform home !
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I"m with cwa107 here, hard drive activity LED on the front panel would be a welcomed addition.....pure and simple. Easy to design in, heck they could put a little switch on the back side of the machine to flip it on and off if you wish ! it's low voltage.
I'd like to see them hide it within the keyboard bezel. On the MacBook Pro, it could be recessed beneath the "grille" areas to the left and right of the keyboard. In keeping with Apple's less-is-more design philosophy, I'd say just make it a software switch (actually an EFI setting, so that it's low-level) to enable or disable it.

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