Originally Posted by Kali
A question : Is it technically possible to match a Core 2 Duo processor and the NVidia 330M
GPU in a 13" MBP ?
Yeah but they wouldn't do that. If they were going to use the 330M in the 13", they'd use the Sandy Bridge chips. Intel block NVidia from using core-i chips with NVidia motherboards (what you get in the low-end Macs with the 320M) so they aren't designing new ones any more. If Apple used the 330M, they'd use an Intel motherboard and there would be little point using Core 2 Duo as they aren't cheaper.
I don't really know why they haven't used Intel motherboards with dedicated chips in the low-end. Maybe it's a lot more expensive to do this or it could be their preference of separating the Pros from the poor. They used to have dedicated chips in the old 12" Powerbooks.
If space or heat were issues, like I say, removing the optical drive should solve this.
What would be interesting is if they dropped the 13" MBA in favour of a new 13" MBP that combines both.
You'd have the 11" MBA priced the same as the white Macbook and then they drop the white Macbook. 128GB - 256GB SSD.
They redesign the 13" model like the Air but with Core i3 chips and a 330M. It could use a ULV chip too. 256GB - 512GB. Possibly priced at the current MBP level not the MBA so $100 less than the current Air.
The 15" MBP gets the non-ULV i5/i7 Sandy Bridge chips with the next NVidia GPU like the 415M or 420M. Redesigned with no optical and SSD but possibly with a 2.5" drive on top.
For people who might complain about the storage on the low-end, Light Peak addition gives you the option to add a portable 1TB drive that maxes out the transfer rates.
That lineup would look quite good I think.