It really is a shame, as beautiful as the new 27 inch LED Cinema Display combination with a brand new MacBook or MacBook Pro may be, that you still have to connect at least 3 cables to your laptop before you can go. And still you need a solution for where to put your MacBook, either for use in clamshell mode or as a second screen.
I am a big fan of the wired keyboard and wired Apple Mouse (which was once called the Mighty Mouse) and have a docking station for a backup drive and the digicam, so I love the idea of having all that stuff connected immediately when the MacBook comes home. Having the charger in the display is also a good idea, but you could also have it in a Docking Station which doesn’t require me to plug in any cable at all. I just put my laptop onto or into it and am ready to go.
A Docking Station from Apple could also make machines like the MacBook Air more appealing to people who want more than one USB port and stuff. You could have a small machine like the Air on the road and a battery of connections at home. Not really a new idea, but one that would fit perfectly into the Applesphere.
The new Cinema Display also has a real flaw: it only has one input and only plays with Macs, because it’s Mini Display Port. I’m not sure what kind of adventorous battery of adapters you’d need to connect another PC. So buying an LED Cinema Display means giving up a lot of alternatives.
Come on, Apple, Docking stations are not really a fresh idea, I’ve had one with my work laptop back in the mid-nineties, and they weren’t actually a brand new idea back then.