Ole Begemann

iOS Development

Progress

Comparison of the engine compartments of a 1982 Mercedes-Benz W-201 Series 190 and a 2010 Mercedes-Benz "Shooting Break" Concept Car

Engine compartments of a 1982 Mercedes-Benz Series 190 (W-201) and a 2010 Mercedes Benz Concept Car called “Shooting Break”.

Photo credits:
W-201: Mercedes-Benz Press Release, conserved at Serious Wheels Car Pictures.
Shooting Break: Daimler Press Release, conserved at Serious Wheels Car Pictures.

Comparison of the insides of an Apple II and Apple's 2012 Retina Macbook Pro

Insides of an Apple II (introduced 1977) and Apple’s 2012 Retina Macbook Pro.

Photo credits:
Apple II: Listing on Steven Stengel’s awesome oldcomputers.net, the Obsolete Technology Website.
Macbook Pro: Apple product page.

How long until we see cars where the driver/customer cannot access the engine at all? If Apple made cars, the hood would be secured with pentalobe screws (Please visit an authorized garage to have your wiper fluid refilled). I’m not sure if this would be a good thing for cars but in computers, I’ll gladly take better design and usability in a smaller and lighter package over upgradeability and serviceability.

Thanks to my colleague Jörg Jacobsen for pointing out the striking visual similarity between the innards of the new Macbook Pro and a modern car engine.

Update June 20, 2012: Several readers have told me that the short-lived Audi A2 came with a hood that was not meant to be opened by the driver although it could be. In its place, the A2 had a small service hatch where oil and wiper fluid could be checked and refilled.