Cult of Mac offers a one-two whammy of contrary design opinions. First, Pete Mortensen says that it's high time Apple refreshed the look of its notebooks, including the fancy ones.
It’s time for Apple to make a new statement with the design of its computers. The time couldn’t be better. All the kinks and problems that came along with the move to Intel chips have been worked out. People know that Macs are still Macs, and they’re all safe to use, so the designs can get more wild and divergent again. I can’t wait until they take that leap.
Second, Leigh McMullen responds with an appeal for the "classic" Powerbook/MacBook Pro to remain exactly that, because of the "rarefied place in the minds of consumers" it has achieved.
It’s a design philosophy that has powered BMW and Mercedes for a good long while. To that end, other than adding bling to satisfy a generation of new money rappers, Rolex has never fundamentally changed the design of the Datejust, Daytona, or Day/Date (aka President) watches ... It becomes the archetype for that artifact. It means that whenever a consumer goes laptop shopping, their mental image for a laptop is of a Apple Macbook Pro, and any other purchasing decision they make will be an explicit compromise from the archetype.