Originally Posted by AppleGreen
I wonder if Apple will introduce a wireless keyboard and mouse with a built-in rechargeable battery. You could connect to a USB port and charge the battery (just like the iPhone) as well as make it work like a wired keyboard (or mouse) while it is charging.
I am tired of replacing the batteries every couple of days in my wireless keyboard and mouse.
Apple could claim a few more Green points.
You are right that its greener for Apple to use rechargeable batteries. The idea of a USB port to charge it from time to time seems a little pointless over just using that USB port and cable plugged in all the time for constant power and use. Perhaps the iMac itself can have inductive charging on the base and you place the keyboard on this the pedestal by sliding it under the display a bit when you are not using it to initiate the charging. This does leave the mouse out, so perhaps a mouse pad that also doubles as a charging plate or build a multitouch trackpad into the keyboard.
(This latter idea will not sit well with many you still prefer the mouse or are left handed. I prefer the touchpad and I think the extra-large, buttonless glass trackpad will eventually also be for visual output, not just mutli-touch input.)
Originally Posted by mcarling
The few users who will need an optical drive a few years from now can simply get an external drive.
And well before that becomes an issue there will be plenty of other PC that will have internal optical drives.
Originally Posted by se99jmk
I was planning on ordering a new MBP tomorrow, but given the excitement over the refresh to the rest of the lines, is the MBP likely to be updated too?
It seems that if they update the Macbook, then it places it close in terms of specs to the MBP, and Apple would need to update the MBP to give people a reason to get the top of the line.
Also of course Apple would love to steal thunder from the Windows 7 launch, another good reason to update everything and hit Microsoft hard..
So, should I purchase a new MBP tomorrow, or wait until the 14th?
SO excited about getting my new toy...
The number of reasonable sounding rumors, the fact that Apple has been having a Mac special event each fall for years now makes me think one will be coming soon. My guess is Tuesday, Oct. 13th, the same day as last year. That would mean an announcement by the end of the week.
There is just too much stuff for a silent release, which is really just a speed bump and/or price drop without any other real changes. If the Mac Mini gets a simple bump and price drop then it may silently hit their site early before the event as weve seen before.
My worry is that this will affect everything but the MBPs which are only about halfway through their typical cycle. Since Clarkfields TDP is currently too high for the MBPs at this time (without a major re-engineering), Apple may be waiting for the 32nm Arrandale to come out next year before making the switch.