Chat transcript: MacBook and other Apple products
Posted 30 May 2006 - 10:10 AM
Posted 30 May 2006 - 10:42 AM
The MacBook is the official replacement for the 12" PowerBook, and that's straight from Apple. So the appearance of a 12' MBP seems very unlikely.
I would agree as long as you add the time horizon of "in the next 6-12 months (or thereabouts)."
After which period, if Mac sales are on fire (as one might expect, and which fans hope) and new chips, chipsets, batteries are available, it'll be "Katie, bar the door" on new form factors, designs, niche-marketed machines, etc.
In other words, I think the company's grown to the point that with increasing volume it will (slowly?) increase the number of SKU's in both its computing (especially portable) and iPod lines....
One prime candidate in that scenario for the next rev of Apple's notebooks would have to be a 12" machine -- but probably in the ultra-light range to combine both the size and weight aspects of portability (I certainly love my iBook, except for its pokiness, which wouldn't be a problem with a 12" core duo). One might expect this machine to be priced more like an MBP than a MB.
Alternately, and maybe even better, Apple might re-engineer around the 13.3" screen size (to allow normal people to read 1280 by 800 web text) with both weight and bulk chopped away, i.e., a notebook with a much smaller frame around the screen, again at a premium price.
Other low-hanging fruit easy to pick from the rumor tree and inner mental wish lists: a super-graphical gaming-oriented laptop machine (15 or 17"); the long-rumored iPhone; something somewhere between a Newton and an ultra-portable; and something "insanely great" the "rest of us" don't even know we want yet...
Never say never....
PS: All that having been speculated, I have wrapped my hands around the new MB's at an Apple Store and following the forums feverishly, and feel that if you're ready for a new notebook, these certainly don't SEEM to have that "Rev A" or rushed quality -- very nice indeed. And the un-terminally-vain among you should get the white one (use the money to bump up the mem and/or HD).... ... and you'll get to spec mark exactly as fast (or faster with more RAM) as the blackbook owners...
Posted 30 May 2006 - 01:54 PM
The 30 inch Cinema Display is capable of running at resolutions below the native 2560x1600, and the Macbook is supposed to support up to 1920x1200 on an external display. Can anyone confirm what the highest available resolution is when the Macbook is connected to a 30 inch Cinema Display? Or better yet, how about when the Intel Mac Mini is connected to that display?
Posted 30 May 2006 - 08:00 PM