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MacBook Pro Fragrance Created

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the smell-different dept.

Desktops (Apple) 114

First time accepted submitter GreenPages writes "There's a new signature scent for Apple fans — 'the scent of an Apple product being opened for the very first time.' Created for an art exhibition, the special fragrance is not for sale. From the article: 'The scent created with Air Aroma for Greatest Hits encompasses the smell of the plastic wrap covering the box, the printed ink on the cardboard, the smell of paper and plastic components within the box and, of course, the aluminum laptop which has come straight from the factory in China.'"

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Sexy? (1)

colinrichardday (768814) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710243)

Would that turn people on?

Re:Sexy? (4, Funny)

PrescriptionWarning (932687) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710311)

Of course it would, the fresh chinese factory worker smell really does a number on the olfactory!

Re:Sexy? (1)

SimonTheSoundMan (1012395) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710473)

Can we have a slashdot Apple fanboi variant, an iPhone that has been in Woz's sweaty crotch for a few days?

*sniff*

Re:Sexy? (1)

colinrichardday (768814) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710543)

Did Woz ever have the affect that Jobs had on Apple users?

Woz was a god (2)

number6x (626555) | more than 2 years ago | (#39711861)

Woz never had the reality distortion effect that affected people the way that Jobs did, but he did have a different kind of cult hero effect.

Back in the late '70s and early '80s, Woz was probably more highly regarded by Apple users than Jobs was. Of course, those were the days of 'hobby' computers and that group made up a large portion of Apple II users.

Woz created good hardware that simplified and reduced the cost of many components. He was also interested in bringing computing to the masses, but didn't dumb it down. Woz had a lifelong love of education and he really pushed creating an informed and educated user base.

His attitude was a key part of Apple's early success. They produced documentation that enabled users to learn and enhance their systems and to promote a good level of code quality.

There were many heros from the home-brew era of computers, and Woz was one of the top heros.

Re: Sexy? (5, Interesting)

janimal (172428) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710693)

My thought on reading the headline was that this was a scent that Apple would drop into their new laptops. Not a bad idea, I thought.
This reminds me of my first visit to the Abercrombie & Fitch store in London. They spritzed the clothing in there with their perfume. And the hot girls that helped me pick the clothes also had the scent on. The experience ingrained the smell into my brain as the smell of "sexy".
Smell association is a powerful device. If you got Apple fans to associate Apple gear with a specific scent, they would crave the product if they just smelled the store around the corner.

But the smell of plastic and aluminum? Boring.

Re: Sexy? (1)

JosKarith (757063) | more than 2 years ago | (#39711315)

I avoid A&F. The perfume in the air is so strong it knocks out my sense of smell for about an hour and the forced "californian surf shack" ambience is so false it makes my teeth hurt. Plus there's nothing in there I'd ever actually wear...

Re: Sexy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39711901)

This reminds me of my first visit to the Abercrombie & Fitch store in London.

First visit? As if to imply that not only did you go into an A&F and pick out clothes there... but you actually WENT BACK at least one more time?

All right, 'fess up. Who'd you scam into typing enough complete sentences to make this post for you? And how much did you pay him? Go on, hire him back so you can reply, he's obviously quite good at making sense of your monosyllabic grunts.

Re:Sexy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39711551)

Oh yes. It smells like Steve Jobs' scrotum.

Olfactory Distortion Field (5, Insightful)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710271)

This article is going to spawn about 40 attempts at +1 Funny and another 40 Troll results.

Re:Olfactory Distortion Field (2)

MadKeithV (102058) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710425)

This article is going to spawn about 40 attempts at +1 Funny and another 40 Troll results.

Yeah, the article stinks.

Re:Olfactory Distortion Field (1)

tinkerton (199273) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710657)

Nah, it just smells funny. Where's your sense of humour?

Re:Olfactory Distortion Field (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39714551)

My sense of humo(u)r is definitely not with a delayed-fuse incendiary bomb article :)

Re:Olfactory Distortion Field (5, Insightful)

radiumsoup (741987) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710453)

I got a few...
"The new fragrance is called 'Smug'"
"There's a $249 charge for Apple Aroma Care to keep your smell refreshed as new versions come out"
"The first version of the atomizer will have a lot of features you never knew you needed, but later versions will drop those in favor of still other features you don't actually need at all, but will learn to rely on."
"The bottle and spritzer are not upgradable, but why would you want to change perfection?"
"Well, at least now I'll be able to smell a douchebag in advance so I can know when to take the next elevator."

Re:Olfactory Distortion Field (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39710895)

My least favorite but most familiar Apple MacBook-Pro scent is the death of the SuperDrive 2 weeks after the warrant expires, as it's laser "re-writes" the Snow Leopard boot disk into a warped mass of plastic. I could have saved the disk, but not the SuperDrive if only the MacBook-Pro still had a removable battery. I could have saved the disk, and the SuperDrive, if Apple actually made a laptop computer with a dedicated reset button that clears physical memory. Apple is more interested in "instant-on" sleep-mode than on limiting the damage done by "reside-in-memory" Java malware.

My replacement SuperDrive, purchased on-line but not-from-Apple, didn't come with a MacBook-Pro "new equipment" scent.

Re:Olfactory Distortion Field (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39711073)

...if Apple actually made a laptop computer with a dedicated reset button that clears physical memory.

Hold the power button.

Re:Olfactory Distortion Field (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39715983)

Que?
We're self important fanboi!

Who eould ever think about nvram and pram on a mac? It just works!

Re:Olfactory Distortion Field (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39711137)

Yes, because the geek filth of the world are never EVER smug about anything.

STFU, loser.

Re:Olfactory Distortion Field (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39715757)

Don't worry, soon we geeks will have OpenSmug, LibreSmug, Gnarcissist, Konceit and, of course, Gnu Scent, which features six modifier squeeze-bulbs and a commented-out toe-lint include (the source comes with it).

Re:Olfactory Distortion Field (1)

Bucky24 (1943328) | more than 2 years ago | (#39715829)

I think you mean the "iSmug"

Re:Olfactory Distortion Field (1)

kermidge (2221646) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710679)

I saw, I read, I swooned.

It'd sell (4, Insightful)

loftwyr (36717) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710291)

Well, people buy "new car" smell fragrances so I can see people buying this.

Re:It'd sell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39710719)

It'd sell well at that. I used to work as a computer lab installer for a school and I remember that new Mac smell 15 years later...

Re:It'd sell (1)

Phics (934282) | more than 2 years ago | (#39711585)

Well, since unboxing your Mac is typically the last time most people will ever be that much in lust with the thing, occasionally spritzing the air with that "new Mac" smell might just prolong that loving feeling...

another idea (4, Funny)

Spiked_Three (626260) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710299)

I'm sure if there was a way to capture the fragrance of throwing money out of the window, the mac crowd would buy that too.

Re:another idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39710421)

That's only because the pc crowd showed them how to do it first.

Re:another idea (1)

Isaac Remuant (1891806) | more than 2 years ago | (#39712443)

Errr... PC = Personal Computer. It doesn't need to have Windows installed (in case that's what you were referring to)

Buying product with better resale throwing money? (-1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710569)

I'm sure if there was a way to capture the fragrance of throwing money out of the window, the mac crowd would buy that too.

I'm pretty sure that would be Netbook buyers. They get very little of value and it'll not last long.

Mac buyers on the other hand are generally more frugal, which is why they buy a system that lasts much longer and then can be resold for a decent amount once the time comes for a new system.

Re:Buying product with better resale throwing mone (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39710967)

Citation is, of course, needed. Macbooks, being made out of the exact same consumer-grade components that every other laptop is made out of, tend to have an expected lifetime of 3-4 years with daily use, again just like every other laptop. Unless we're talking about the type of user who replaces their laptop every year and sells last year's model, which I am not sure I'd really call "frugal", I highly doubt anybody is getting any reasonable dollar value out of reselling old equipment.

Maybe I'm wrong and there is a burgeoning market in secondhand post-warranty laptops that could stop working any day now, but I'm doubtful.

Re:Buying product with better resale throwing mone (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 2 years ago | (#39711679)

Citation is, of course, needed. Macbooks, being made out of the exact same consumer-grade components that every other laptop is made out of, tend to have an expected lifetime of 3-4 years with daily use, again just like every other laptop. Unless we're talking about the type of user who replaces their laptop every year and sells last year's model, which I am not sure I'd really call "frugal", I highly doubt anybody is getting any reasonable dollar value out of reselling old equipment.

Maybe I'm wrong and there is a burgeoning market in secondhand post-warranty laptops that could stop working any day now, but I'm doubtful.

Two things - if everything were the same quality, then even the cheapest Acer or Asus laptop would be the top sellers. Or hell, HP computers for that matter - they'd all last forever. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be the case (even though they're all made by the same Foxconn factory in the end). What happens it the manufacturer specifies a quality level - from "just throw the parts in the box and ship it" to "carefully lay out all the cables along the guides in the case so the case can be opened fully with the wires routed to the side pivoting..." sort of quality. (Anyone's who had to deal with OEM machines with too-short cables in the case requiring unplugging every part to replace the RAM can attest).

Anyhow, it seems Macs have long useful lives - my old Powerbook (!) dates to 2003 and is still in use today - probably a good 10 years of service out of what I paid. And most people find that's the case - machines that are 6+ years old (the early Intel Macs, for example) are still useful. The eBay prices for used Macs tends to attest to that - still considerably higher than a PC of equivalent age. Sure my Mac will probably never fetch more than $200 or so, but a 10 year old PC getting $200 is pretty unheard of unless it's special in some way - and most people would scoff if you tried to get more than $20 for it.

That's just the Mac market. I guess it also helps that the metal casing generally tends to be of good quality so the worst damage a Mac usually has is missing rubber feet and scratches. PCs having lots of little plastic bits all over the place will have pieces falling off.

The other thing Apple does is concentrate on experience. Apple packages stuff really well compared to a lot of other manufacturers and it shows. The paper's not some recycled crap that's covering your new device in little bits of paper dust when you open the box, it doesn't look like someone randomly took all the pieces and thrown it in the box and be done with it or have the nasty folded cardboard packaging cut with some strange wavy saw that saws through your hand as you extract it out (it seems the Japanese love it - Sony and Panasonic packaging...).

Not to say there isn't well-packaged stuff (Nintendo's DSi and later handhelds are pretty good compared to the DS series and prior). My Gnex came in a nice box with well laid out accessories. Then again, there's some Datel stuff I got in a nice box, but held in a nasty cheap cardboard holder that covered my "shiny" new product in a fine brown dust. Bleh.

Re:Buying product with better resale throwing mone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39712283)

Two things - if everything were the same quality, then even the cheapest Acer or Asus laptop would be the top sellers. Or hell, HP computers for that matter - they'd all last forever. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be the case (even though they're all made by the same Foxconn factory in the end). What happens it the manufacturer specifies a quality level - from "just throw the parts in the box and ship it" to "carefully lay out all the cables along the guides in the case so the case can be opened fully with the wires routed to the side pivoting..." sort of quality. (Anyone's who had to deal with OEM machines with too-short cables in the case requiring unplugging every part to replace the RAM can attest).

This begs the obvious question: do Apple products actually "last forever"? Also, are the problems you mention descriptive of every single non-Mac laptop available? The Mac has to be better than all available competitors who sell at much lower price points to truly negate the claim that buying one is equivalent to throwing money out the window. And, most importantly of all, what do the problems you've listed have to do with longevity? Chassis damage aside, the parts that are going to likely break and brick your computer are really not subject to build quality instructions from Apple, Dell, or Asus. Seagate doesn't reserve the "special" hard drives for Apple, nor does Intel provide better processors, etc. The only plausible thing I can think of that would relate would be cooling, and that's not even an area where Apple laptops do well.

Anyhow, it seems Macs have long useful lives - my old Powerbook (!) dates to 2003 and is still in use today - probably a good 10 years of service out of what I paid. And most people find that's the case - machines that are 6+ years old (the early Intel Macs, for example) are still useful.

Anecdotal evidence. I've known Macbook Pro users whose machines totaled themselves after 2-3 years. I've seen Dell laptops last a decade, as well. The standard deviation of laptop lifetime is really huge, especially if you can't account for use patterns, so a few data points aren't going to help you figure out much of anything about reliability.

The eBay prices for used Macs tends to attest to that - still considerably higher than a PC of equivalent age.Sure my Mac will probably never fetch more than $200 or so, but a 10 year old PC getting $200 is pretty unheard of unless it's special in some way - and most people would scoff if you tried to get more than $20 for it.

I call shenanigans. There are lots of people attempting to sell Macs on Ebay for inflated prices, but if you dig down and find the devices that actually have bids on them, even
That's just the Mac market. I guess it also helps that the metal casing generally tends to be of good quality so the worst damage a Mac usually has is missing rubber feet and scratches. PCs having lots of little plastic bits all over the place will have pieces falling off.

Another broad generalization. My non-Apple laptop also has a metal casing. You usually do when you get high build quality on expensive laptops. Comparing $2000+ Apple laptops with bottom end
The other thing Apple does is concentrate on experience. Apple packages stuff really well compared to a lot of other manufacturers and it shows. The paper's not some recycled crap that's covering your new device in little bits of paper dust when you open the box, it doesn't look like someone randomly took all the pieces and thrown it in the box and be done with it or have the nasty folded cardboard packaging cut with some strange wavy saw that saws through your hand as you extract it out (it seems the Japanese love it - Sony and Panasonic packaging...).

How exactly does this have anything to do with resale value? You just felt like taking the opportunity to wax poetic over the cardboard box your laptop was shipped in? You know, that thing that matters for all of 10 minutes after you buy a laptop? I realize that other companies are probably making a mistake with their packaging, as it really is the first impression you are going to get from your newly bought equipment, but does that really make your Mac a significantly better purchase?

Re:Buying product with better resale throwing mone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39712369)

Looks like slashdot nommed part of my reply.

I call shenanigans. There are lots of people attempting to sell Macs on Ebay for inflated prices, but if you dig down and find the devices that actually have bids on them, even less than 5 years old, drop under $200 unless they have expensive software installed on them like Photoshop. And that's already not nearly enough to cover the Apple premium paid on the original purchase price for the hardware.

Also...

Comparing $2000+ Apple laptops with bottom end sub $800 PC laptops isn't reasonable.

Re:Buying product with better resale throwing mone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39716149)

read this, it is from 07, but it is still applicable.

http://www.salon.com/2007/11/07/mac_price/singleton/

Macs have a higher resell value over equal Windows/generic PCs (yes I know "PC" means personal computer, get over it, the world calls windows boxes PCs). It is partly because of the higher starting point, but it is also about demand. Not as many people want used PCs (ok maybe they do, but there are tons more of them).

People covet Macs. I don't know of many people that feel this for PCs (again I know).

Yeah I'm a fanboy, but I except it. It is not because I follow Apple blindly. I used PCs (I know) for years (going back to 1990). I switched when OSX can out and I've never looked back. I still use Windows and Linux, but I will always prefer a Mac (It is nice that I can run all 3 OSes on one box to boot).

What the trolls need to realize is that PCs are commodities and Macs are not.

Re:Buying product with better resale throwing mone (1)

strength_of_10_men (967050) | more than 2 years ago | (#39713779)

Two things - if everything were the same quality, then even the cheapest Acer or Asus laptop would be the top sellers. Or hell, HP computers for that matter - they'd all last forever.

I guess it depends on your definition of quality. Consumer Reports surveyed their reads about laptop reliability a few issues back and the results surprised me. Macs did fair better in that they had fewer problems. But the gap was 1% point between Macs and almost all other laptop makers. I did some googling but couldn't find this year's results but this article [cbsnews.com] citing CR actually lists Apple as worse than Asus or Toshiba by 2% for 2011.

Going off the top of my head, I seem to remember the respondents were > 30K in number. And I didn't read more into how they defined "problems" but there you go.

And to match your anecdote with mine, I handed down my 8 y.o. Compaq laptop to my parents and they're still using it daily to surf the web and do email

Re:Buying product with better resale throwing mone (1)

LDAPMAN (930041) | more than 2 years ago | (#39712433)

I buy a new MacBook about once a year or as often as the updated hardware warrants it. I've done this for a long time and usually get about 50% of the original price when I sell the old one. My old laptop is usually sold within hours. I'm sure I could get more if I wanted to put some effort into it.

Re:Buying product with better resale throwing mone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39714595)

That's hardly the definition of "frugal" I think most of us subscribe to, but okay.

Re:Buying product with better resale throwing mone (2)

BronsCon (927697) | more than 2 years ago | (#39711007)

DISCLAIMER: I work in a mixed OSX/Windows/Linux office and run all three operating systems personally.

Funny, I bought an Acer Aspire One in 2008. I gave it to my sister for christmas last year, still working, still useful, with not a scratch on it. Runs Win7 just fine and handled everything I, as a developer, ever threw at it, including running CentOS and OSX in VMs on a Win7 host (it was a tight squeeze in 2GB of RAM, but it did it).

For $239.95 plus tax.

Further, I'm not sure of your definition of "last much longer", but I routinely see PC laptops physically outlast their Mac counterparts. Further to the point, I can go out and get a PC laptop that outspecs the top-end MBP, for less than the top-end MBP, so if you're touting top-end hardware that won't be as obsolete, as fast, I'm sorry, you're wrong there, as well.

In other words, take your smug elsewhere.

Re:Buying product with better resale throwing mone (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39712169)

Another PC troll who has no idea what the f they are talking about. Your disclaimer is BS!!

2GB of RAM to run a VM on top of the OS, Yeah the VM booted, but then nothing else would run. $240 of cheap plastic crap that is using a processor that probably came out 3 years before the laptop.

I run all three OSes as well, but I still prefer a Mac to any other computer (whether it be the Mac OS, Win7 or Linux). Like anything else in life you get what you pay for. Can I get a cheaper PC and hack it to run OSX? Yes. Would I want to? No. Does the Mac have a premium price over a comparable PC? Yes, absolutely. But not as much as the trolls would have you believe. And while the Apple does outdate its OSes on older machines, this is to move the platform forward so it is not beholden to old hardware. Just ask Microsoft, they are heading in the same direction.

I don't understand why Apple gets so much crap fro putting a premium on quality. This happens with cars, with watches, with beer and so many other things. Just because YOU don't want to pay for it, doesn't mean it isn't right for the people who appreciate quality. So why don't you take your piece of crap Acer, get in your Yugo (The Acer equivalent to a car) and go troll somewhere else.

Re:Buying product with better resale throwing mone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39712979)

I don't understand why Apple gets so much crap fro putting a premium on quality.

Again, the big glaring question is whether you are actually getting quality, or if you are just paying a premium. This isn't a discussion of a Lamborghini versus a Kia. We're talking about devices that have the exact same innards made by the same cheap Chinese companies that fill up an equivalent Dell or HP. And frequently, there are issues with the chassis itself, the only piece that Apple does have anything to do with. I haven't met an Apple power cord in the past decade that wasn't a cheap piece of junk, and the Macbook Pro line loves to have heating problems because air ventilation was sacrificed for visual appeal.

Re:Buying product with better resale throwing mone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39715737)

Apple does provide better quality. They don't (any more) make plastic cases. Yes they do have the same processors and chipsets as other PCs, but they are not using the low end crap and the stuff that is years past its prime. You can get a PC with the same hardware inside, but then the price difference is much less once you configure the machines as close as possible. So at that point, the difference comes down to the OS itself. Since I can't (legally) run the Mac OS on a generic PC, this all becomes moot.

Lamborghini vs Kia is not fair. How about a BMW vs VW (not trying to start a car fight, just trying to use a more apt comparison). Will both get you where you need to go, yes. One just does it in style.

Not sure where your going with the power cords. They had some issues with fraying with the first gen of magnetic adapters (I've only seen 2 in my entire company have this problem, and these had more to do with abuse). But Apple will replace any of these you bring to the Apple store. The new ones are problem free. And for the record, if you've ever seen a Dell power brick (and I mean brick), then there shouldn't be any comparison. If you have ever tripped over a laptop chord only to see the laptop go flying, you greatly appreciate these chords.

The MPBs haven't had a heat issue since they were first introduced (I had a first gen, they were hot, but not as bad as everyone made it out to be). This problem had more to do with the materials of choice (aluminum) and the processors of the time.

So at the end of the day, is it worth it to me to pay a couple hundred dollars more for what I feel a superior machine and OS, yes.

And for the record, a MBP smells awesome when they are first opened.

Re:Buying product with better resale throwing mone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39714089)

I have just about reached the 3 year mark on my MacBook Pro, and it continues to perform admirably despite the drops and dings and general abuse it has received. I've had windows and linux laptops get cranky or fail with less abuse. The money I spent was well spent. I have not had to upgrade or replace anything. The processing power continues to be sufficient for my needs, so I would be buying a new one in order to give this one to the kids as their school projects are getting more computer oriented, not because I need a faster laptop.

Re:another idea (1)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710703)

I'm sure if there was a way to capture the fragrance of throwing money out of the window, the mac crowd would buy that too.

Who the hell needs a Mac for that? That smell comes on strong for me every time I visit a gas pump.

The stench is almost unbearable when paying my taxes...

Re:another idea (1)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710743)

At least at the gas pump I am exchanging it for something I want. Taxes you're just hoping it's not paying for another thing that harms you.

Re:another idea (2)

itsdapead (734413) | more than 2 years ago | (#39711547)

I'm sure if there was a way to capture the fragrance of throwing money out of the window

I think that Chanel, Dior, Boss et. al. nailed that years ago.

Re:another idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39714581)

Someone needs to employ your ass.

Reports (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39710321)

Reports say the fragrance smells of Stupidity, BO, and pretentiousness with a subtle hint of desperation.

Re:Reports (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39710955)

And here I thought it might smell of patchouli oil and pot.

Re:Reports (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39712877)

Wasn't this atory about Macs not Linux users?

eau de solvent (1)

Joe U (443617) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710351)

Does someone wake up and say "I was thinking this morning, how could I smell more like a manufacturing center?"

Seriously, I don't recommend breathing that stuff in.

Re:eau de solvent (4, Funny)

Reverand Dave (1959652) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710859)

No, it smells more like a pretentious hipster douche-bag. Like B.O., a tall half-cap-mocha-chino with fair trade organically grown beans, and Patchouli oil, with a hint of too tight jeans and horn rim glasses.

Re:eau de solvent (1)

Joe U (443617) | more than 2 years ago | (#39712277)

I don't recommend breathing that in either.

Lemme Guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39710361)

It smells like farts that are only pleasant to the perfume-wearer...

Laugh (1)

koan (80826) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710387)

Benzine and flop sweat...

Microsoft has flavours (1)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710393)

But Apple has fragrances .. which are so much more alluring than a smile flavour.

If cancer had a smell (1, Funny)

areusche (1297613) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710395)

Then the scent of a freshly opened Macbook Pro would be it. I had to open 40 Macbook Pros once and by the end I had a headache from that scent.

Copyright / Patent Infringement? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39710411)

I'm serious will Apple shut them down for the name? or Style? or Smell? of the product in question? I didn't seen in the article that this was done in corroperation with Apple. It kind of reminds me of when Harley-Davidson sued Honda over the sound of the engine. http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/law/st_org/iptf/articles/content/1998101101.html [bc.edu]

What does arrogance smell like, anyway? (2)

Trip6 (1184883) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710433)

Always wondered...

Re:What does arrogance smell like, anyway? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39710581)

Apples!

Re:What does arrogance smell like, anyway? (1)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710713)

Always wondered...

It's easy to find out. It's the official smell of the 1%.

Well, OK, maybe it's not that easy to find out, since the 1% right now are sunning themselves on a beach somewhere spending your money.

I've bough a lot of Macs (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39710449)

And without exception, they all smelled mildly foul out of the box. I'm not the only one who's noticed it.

Even worse were the old iBooks. They had a glue or sealant that started to smell like human body odor after a while.

...which has come straight from the factory in Chi (1)

clickety6 (141178) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710455)

So it smells of blood, sweat and tears?

Re:...which has come straight from the factory in (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710511)

no; only when someone left the iPhone out in the rain

(oblig: "...and it took so long to 'break it")

scent with nervegas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39710457)

i wonder if they also include this ingredient called n-hexane (nervegas)
many workers died or got crippeled by cleaning screens of new products

Mmmm (1)

mc1138 (718275) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710459)

I love the smell of underpayment in the morning!

Re:Mmmm (1)

dryriver (1010635) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710653)

I read that as "underpants" while I was scrolling... yuck... =)

Looks at the article below it... (1)

StoneyMahoney (1488261) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710491)

So Microsoft have flavours and Apple have fragrances?

Pricing (1)

jones_supa (887896) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710493)

Starting at only $99! Available today in brushed aluminum bottle.

Full prices:

  • 5 ml for $99
  • 10 ml for $499
  • 20 ml for $999
  • 20 ml with custom engraving $1,999 (incl. shipping)

Hmmmm I can just imagine what it must smell like.. (1)

Phizzle (1109923) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710575)

The gentle blend of overheating plastic and burned money :)
I kid, I kid... I own a few Macs and love my iSlab and iPhone, but thats the first association that came to mind.

Smells like... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39710593)

SMUG

This is to far! (1)

Murdoch5 (1563847) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710607)

Wow I know apple fans are literally crazy about apple products but this is going 10 steps past to far.

Re:This is to far! (1)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710727)

Wow I know apple fans are literally crazy about apple products but this is going 10 steps past to far.

This is hardly viewed as crazy when you consider the amount of people quite addicted to "new car smell" and the products pimping that stench...like this is really any different.

Re:This is to far! (1)

Murdoch5 (1563847) | more than 2 years ago | (#39713655)

If your that addicted to the new Apple smell I think you need to seek professional help.

The artist was trying to say what with this? (3, Interesting)

dryriver (1010635) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710609)

Since this is an art project, the created scent is supposed to evoke something or the other, right? Some kind of intellectual reaction or discussion? It may be a commentary on the ritual of "product unboxing" being taken so far by some people, that they even create "product unboxing videos" on Youtube... It may be a commentary on Apple users being so damn addicted to buying from Apple, that even the "unboxing scent" of the products being opened evokes a sense of "Euphoria" in Apple fans. Since most scents are closely related to fashion (labels), it may be a commentary on Apple's products being so mainstream "fashionable" now, that one might as well create a "fragrance" for Apple, which some people wear like they wear Prada, Hugo Boss or YSL... That last one is probably what they were targeting with this art project. The fact that Apple products have become more "fashion item" than "computer product". And, probably the related fact that many people who buy Apple stuff to be in the "in-crowd", are "fashion-victims" of sorts, who feel compelled to buy that-which-is-fashionable. ---- (Now if only someone made a scent replicating the smell of my latest Samsung laptop being unboxed, then I could become a "fashion-victim" like the Apple geeks, too =)

Yes. (1)

metrometro (1092237) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710683)

I've been rubbing my Macbook on my wrists for years trying to get that sweet, warm scent of smug that the ladies love.

Great Smell at only Twice the Cost (1)

Dareth (47614) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710725)

Great Smell at only Twice the Cost of similar fragrance. Captures the smell and the Apple/MAC experience perfectly!

Ingredient list (1)

WillyWanker (1502057) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710729)

Sandalwood, musk, essence of hipster, and oil of douche

perfect (1)

haggus71 (1051238) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710833)

Now you, too, can smell like a total douche.

Re:perfect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39711375)

smells like a walled garden

Seriously, this story was modded-up that much...!? (1)

mxbradley (1925686) | more than 2 years ago | (#39710893)

...as to make it to the /. main page. Stupid!

Re:Seriously, this story was modded-up that much.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39712127)

Another PC troll who has no idea what the f they are talking about. Your disclaimer is BS!!!

2GB of RAM to run a VM on top of the OS, Yeah the VM booted, but then nothing else would run. $240 of cheap plastic crap that is using a processor that probably came out 3 years before the laptop.

I run all three OSes as well, but I still prefer a Mac to any other computer (whether it be the Mac OS, Win7 or Linux). Like anything else in life you get what you pay for. Can I get a cheaper PC and hack it to run OSX? Yes. Would I want to? No. Does the Mac have a premium price over a comparable PC? Yes, absolutely. But not as much as the trolls would have you believe. And while the Apple does outdate its OSes on older machines, this is to move the platform forward so it is not beholden to old hardware. Just ask Microsoft, they are heading in the same direction.

I don't understand why Apple gets so much crap fro putting a premium on quality. This happens with cars, with watches, with beer and so many other things. Just because YOU don't want to pay for it, doesn't mean it isn't right for the people who appreciate quality. So why don't you take your piece of crap Acer, get in your Yugo (The Acer equivalent to a car) and go troll somewhere else.

Re:Seriously, this story was modded-up that much.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39712153)

wrong spot, my bad

Too bad it's not for sale (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39711153)

I'd love to wear some of this into the local starbucks whilst getting fucked up the ass.

Crédule pour homme (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39711721)

(C) (R) (patent pending) etc. 2012.

Ah.. (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 2 years ago | (#39711733)

So that explains why Samsung put out a job posting for an aroma analyst.

What smell? (1)

pushing-robot (1037830) | more than 2 years ago | (#39712101)

The only "scent" I've noticed is paper and a faint bit of what I would assume is adhesive that finished drying during shipment. I assumed Apple tried to keep smells down, since I've inhaled far worse after opening other electronics packages (motherboards come to mind). I've never thought of any sort of characteristic "Mac smell"...though admittedly I don't hold my nose up to the packaging and inhale deeply. This is nothing but a gimmick IMHO.

Oh, and the obligatory [penny-arcade.com] .

Feed lots have this too (1)

ThatsNotPudding (1045640) | more than 2 years ago | (#39712353)

It is called The Smell of Other Peoples' Money.

The scent of... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39712441)

Chinese slave labor sweat and tears in the morning.

Smells of Pretentiousness,Coffee and Soybean Farts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39712535)

That is all...

Do I detect ... (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 2 years ago | (#39712783)

... a small hint of semen and faeces?

iSmell (1)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 2 years ago | (#39712805)

How can I be the first to post that likely name for the scent?

Re:iSmell (1)

Spiked_Three (626260) | more than 2 years ago | (#39713169)

would it be iSmell or iStink?

Re:iSmell (1)

FSWKU (551325) | more than 2 years ago | (#39715925)

iSmug from Apple:
"When a fragrance becomes this good, breathing is more vibrant. Everything is more brilliant. Because when a fragrance becomes this good, it's simply you and the arrogant elitism you care about. The stunning iSmug. An innovative new fragrance. From Apple."

Let Conan's team get a hold of that ad copy and work their magic on it...

Eau de Burnt thighs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39713183)

Eau de Burnt thighs

Eau de Burnt Lap

Eau de male infertility

Other Options (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39713569)

I have a few "smells" that I could make available at a reasonable price...
File this story under "WTF"

As Posted Earlier.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39713807)

Eau du Cancer, for sure.

Comes with free Bird Flu! (1)

ski9826 (2541112) | more than 2 years ago | (#39714349)

Details inside!!!

Smells like... (1)

Bobfrankly1 (1043848) | more than 2 years ago | (#39714783)

Reportedly, the fragrance smells like old burnt coffee. As though it had been fresh once, but neglected by it's barista. Java anyone?

Wish they'd make a PC components version (1)

Vrtigo1 (1303147) | more than 2 years ago | (#39714923)

I remember back in the nineties when you'd order PC parts from Computer Shopper or the like to build a new PC and you had a whole room full of PC parts, there was a very distinct smell. You don't get that so much anymore since it seems like only hardcore folks build PCs these days instead of buying them. I wish someone made an air freshener that had that smell so I could hang it in my car.

Smells Like Cancer! (1)

foxalopex (522681) | more than 2 years ago | (#39716091)

Actually to be honest the "new computer" smell like the new car smell isn't exactly good for your health. It's made up of a lot of toxic chemicals. I'm suprised no one's pointed this out . It's like having a "car exhaust" smell. Not really appealing if you ask me. ;)

Super Nintendo unboxing (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 2 years ago | (#39716147)

We've all smelt that fresh unboxing of a new product now and then. From tennis balls (pass out in a non-stop sniffing stupor on those), shoes, electronics, to stepping into a brand new car. But of all the memories of unboxing, opening up my SNES for the first time was the most impressionable. Nothing, and I mean nothing had the smell of excitement like a brand-freaking-new SNES console with Super Mario included. Ok, so maybe sex tops that.

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