If you have never seen or noticed the status light on a MacBook, here's a quick video:
I recently came across an article discussing a patent Apple filed back in 2002 describing the tedious science behind just the right rhythm - the average respiratory rate for adults. This highlights the human touch in Apples attention to details that so many appreciate, sometimes without even being aware.
This is not cold hollow technology to be understood. This is technology made human, that understands us. This is the intersection of technology and liberal arts. It meets us on a level of general cultural concern in our daily lives. This is the basics of classic design principles - Dieter Rams style (this single element arguably fulfills all 10 of Dieter’s design principles)
Until another company starts taking a holistic approach to designing their technology, you can be sure to see a Mac on my desk and an iPod in my pocket. I’m not afraid to put my money where my mouth is, even if it means I have to drive a junker to afford it.