or Connect
AppleInsider › Forums › Mac Hardware › Future Apple Hardware › Apple rumored to offer next-gen MacBook Airs with black finish
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Apple rumored to offer next-gen MacBook Airs with black finish - Page 2

post #41 of 72
I like the humour.
post #42 of 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by mafoo View Post

Here we go. 2 minutes in photoshop:



enjoy!

LIQUIDMETAL fools.
post #43 of 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by cloudgazer View Post

I don't think that the 'LiquidMetal' tech allows for dye throughout the metal, it's certainly not mentioned on their website. Anyway, as yet there's no evidence that Apple are intending to use Liquidmetal for their macbook enclosure - their only patents that mention it are for fuel cells

http://www.cultofmac.com/apple-is-gr...xclusive/75486


Google "Jan Schroers". He makes Liquidmetal in different color variances with different alloy compositions. It's dope.
post #44 of 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by acslater017 View Post

I believe the 2006 Core Duo MacBook was the first MacBook to have the chiclet keyboard inside a recessed well. Someone correct me if I'm wrong

You're right - I was mixing it up with when it first reached the MBP, which was 2008.
post #45 of 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by acslater017 View Post

As usual, Apple was not the FIRST in the history of human beings to do something. But I think it's fairly well accepted that they POPULARIZED the "chiclet keyboard inside a recessed well" look that has become popular since 2007/2008.

You don't see too many of those before the 2006 MacBook. I'm sure you could find an exception, but they didn't really exist in large numbers.

Exactly, in fact they had gone terminally out of fashion since the late 70s/early 80s and as far as I know no mass market PCs had ever featured one - especially not recessed. I was just curious when the PC makers got in on it.
post #46 of 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by roocka View Post

Google "Jan Schroers". He makes Liquidmetal in different color variances with different alloy compositions. It's dope.

Yes I know, but it doesn't allow for a generic dye to be introduced or give complete control over the colour - it's amazing because of the possibilities of structure and strength, the first thing we see from them using it is very unlikely to be something that could be achieved just by anodizing aluminium.
post #47 of 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

Yeah, it's a vague area and I'm by no means sure.

It would probably be more accurate to say they don't do finishes and coatings unless it doesn't *look* like a finish or coating. Their whole design approach is semi-brutalist and definitely focussed on honest materials, but as long as the product appears that way to the end user, they are not above using deception (invisible coatings etc.).

Yes, one simple rule they seem to follow is not make a material look like something else (don't paint plastic to look like metal, it usually looks cheap and certainly once you touch it, it feels cheap, it feels like dressing something up as something it isn't).
post #48 of 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by jinjo235 View Post

I just do not see this happening unless they make a black model completely across the whole line of laptops. I suppose the other option is that this could be made out of the unibody carbon-fiber. Here's to hoping it's a dramatic redesign!

Yeah, a complete redesign!

From flat to ...

wait what
Mac Pro 5,1: 12 x 2.93GHz / 64 GB / ATI 5870 / 1.5+2+2+2+3TB / ACD 30" + 20"
Reply
Mac Pro 5,1: 12 x 2.93GHz / 64 GB / ATI 5870 / 1.5+2+2+2+3TB / ACD 30" + 20"
Reply
post #49 of 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by Garamond View Post

Yeah, a complete redesign!

From flat to ...

wait what

Supposedly Steve Jobs has a long standing desire to get rid of all the external screws on the laptops, so maybe that will be it. The two halves of the shell will be made to be so incredibly sexy that they're held together by mutual attraction.
post #50 of 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

Implying their terrible Photoshop job is any sort of representation whatsoever of how it will actually look.



Well, if you believe Apple had the first chicklet keyboard, they started in the 70s. Which creates problems, since Apple DIDN'T have the first keyboard like that.

How dare you come to the Apple fanboi HQ and state that Apple wasn't the first when it comes to any feature they announce... tar and feather I say

Oh yeah, and the IBM-PCjr
post #51 of 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by cloudgazer View Post

The real question is why has it taken them so long to offer a black anodized aluminium finish. Black finishes are definitely in their design language, and they have superior thermal performance.

They should absolutely give us black MBAs and MBPs

Fewer models simplifies supply issues. Cosmetic features are an easy way to add perceived value to a high end model. They are also more likely to spur sales when they are genuinely infrequent.
post #52 of 72
I can't imagine how horrible could be a scratch on that black aluminum :/
lvidal.-
Reply
lvidal.-
Reply
post #53 of 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by Strawberry View Post

I want Blue Dalmatian!

Gateway(tm) (generic name = Holstein) Camo . (I'm purist and prefer 'black' Holstein Camo, just in case you have to hide your laptop in the middle of a dairy herd).
post #54 of 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by ALUOp View Post

A black model? Like this one?


And just to the right of the trackpad, meticulously hidden by the photographer and ad agency, are competing billboards with Microsoft, Intel, and nVidia logos!
post #55 of 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

I'm not sure I see this happening at all either.

Apple uses black in their design language, but they don't typically do finishes, paints, or coatings (with the single exception of the coloured iPods).

Even though it would be infinitely harder to accomplish, I would believe this more if they had found a way to make the metal itself black, as opposed to coating/anodising.

Sorry, but anodizing DOES make the metal itself black. It's a chemical modification of the surface layer of aluminum.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anodizing

Anodizing allows the introduction of colors - look at the samples in the above or think about Maglite flashlights.

Quote:
Originally Posted by cloudgazer View Post

I don't think that the 'LiquidMetal' tech allows for dye throughout the metal, it's certainly not mentioned on their website. Anyway, as yet there's no evidence that Apple are intending to use Liquidmetal for their macbook enclosure - their only patents that mention it are for fuel cells

http://www.cultofmac.com/apple-is-gr...xclusive/75486

Who said it would be liquidmetal? That is extremely unlikely due to cost. But if they did, it is possible to color Liquidmetal devices.
"I'm way over my head when it comes to technical issues like this"
Gatorguy 5/31/13
Reply
"I'm way over my head when it comes to technical issues like this"
Gatorguy 5/31/13
Reply
post #56 of 72
post #57 of 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by jragosta View Post

Who said it would be liquidmetal? That is extremely unlikely due to cost. But if they did, it is possible to color Liquidmetal devices.

This guy did

Quote:
Originally Posted by webmail View Post

This is correct that the macbook pros will be offered in different colors, probably just black to start. This is NOT a paint finish, it's actually die mixed into the metal composition of the new "liquid metal" rights apple has purchased (which I don't know enough about)

And I agree that it's extremely unlikely, and I'm sure it's possible to produce a surface colour on Liquidmetal too, but it isn't possible to make it black 'all-through' the way that say plastic could be. At least if it is their website isn't saying so.
post #58 of 72
as an owner of an existing air I find the current aluminium finish very slippery t ohold. Looks beutiful but very easy to drop it. I hope that if they do move to another case ( like carbon fibre) they find a way to make the case less slippery.
post #59 of 72
And a really pocketable MacBook Air.
post #60 of 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by Strawberry View Post

I want Blue Dalmatian!

You mean like this?

http://www.apple.com/pr/photos/imac2001/imac_tokyo.html
post #61 of 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by cloudgazer View Post

Yes I know, but it doesn't allow for a generic dye to be introduced or give complete control over the colour - it's amazing because of the possibilities of structure and strength, the first thing we see from them using it is very unlikely to be something that could be achieved just by anodizing aluminium.

I will tell you precisely why they will go to Liquidmetal sooner rather than later. Samsung and every other computer maker is copying Ape and the computers are literally as thin as they can get, or are they...

Liquidmetal is twice as strong as aerospace grade titanium. Due to it's amazing strength, Apple could literally make their cases much thinner than aluminum and maintain the same strength. This would drop the weight of the case by at least 25%. That is significant for a computer that thin. Also, it is a spec that no other manufacturer can beat. So as Samsung copies Apple, they would no longer be able to copy based on size because they will always be bulkier.
post #62 of 72
i want, I want....I WANT...................:}
http://www.flickr.com/photos/allanmichael/
iPhone 4S, iPad 3 WiFi, 80gb ipod,5G nano, 3G shuffle, 4 shuffles, '11 MBA 13", macmini 2.26, iMac QC i5 27"
Reply
http://www.flickr.com/photos/allanmichael/
iPhone 4S, iPad 3 WiFi, 80gb ipod,5G nano, 3G shuffle, 4 shuffles, '11 MBA 13", macmini 2.26, iMac QC i5 27"
Reply
post #63 of 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by cloudgazer View Post

Exactly, in fact they had gone terminally out of fashion since the late 70s/early 80s and as far as I know no mass market PCs had ever featured one - especially not recessed. I was just curious when the PC makers got in on it.

PCJr in the 70's

but besides the origonals, I think it was the Sony X505 that was the first of the new generation chiclet keyboarded notebooks, back in 2004. Here it is next to an first gen macbook air

note recess - not the same as the apple, but still recessed.

Also not mass market, but it was the starting point.

Household: MacBook, iPad 16gb wifi, iPad 64gb wifi, iPad Mini 32gb, coming iPhone 5S, iPhone 4S 32gb, iPhone 32gb, iPod Touch 4th gen x1, iPod nano 16gb gen 5 x2, iPod nano gen 3 8gb, iPod classic...
Reply
Household: MacBook, iPad 16gb wifi, iPad 64gb wifi, iPad Mini 32gb, coming iPhone 5S, iPhone 4S 32gb, iPhone 32gb, iPod Touch 4th gen x1, iPod nano 16gb gen 5 x2, iPod nano gen 3 8gb, iPod classic...
Reply
post #64 of 72
If Apple's supply management can handle a black option, they can handle a non-glossy display option instead.
post #65 of 72
right here

it isn't a large picture--but it actually looks black! lol.

PC means personal computer.  

i have processing issues, mostly trying to get my ideas into speech and text.

if i say something confusing please tell me!

Reply

PC means personal computer.  

i have processing issues, mostly trying to get my ideas into speech and text.

if i say something confusing please tell me!

Reply
post #66 of 72
A post from a very different perspective: I really hope the Apple also can make some WHITE MacBook Air models with the 13 inches and 11 inches screen size! I know of many who will cherish WHITE models!
Gaddy
Reply
Gaddy
Reply
post #67 of 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by cloudgazer View Post

Supposedly Steve Jobs has a long standing desire to get rid of all the external screws on the laptops, so maybe that will be it. The two halves of the shell will be made to be so incredibly sexy that they're held together by mutual attraction.



+1
post #68 of 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by nicolbolas View Post

right here

it isn't a large picture--but it actually looks black! lol.

That's because it's an image from Colorware. It's also a PLASTIC case...

Originally Posted by Slurpy

There's just a TINY chance that Apple will also be able to figure out payments. Oh wait, they did already… …and you’re already f*ed.

 

Reply

Originally Posted by Slurpy

There's just a TINY chance that Apple will also be able to figure out payments. Oh wait, they did already… …and you’re already f*ed.

 

Reply
post #69 of 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by tadd View Post

I want blue or orange!

I would love to see Apple bring back some colour to their computers. I'm so bored with silver.
post #70 of 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by cycomiko View Post

PCJr in the 70's

but besides the origonals, I think it was the Sony X505 that was the first of the new generation chiclet keyboarded notebooks, back in 2004. Here it is next to an first gen macbook air

note recess - not the same as the apple, but still recessed.

Also not mass market, but it was the starting point.

Very interesting, thanks!
post #71 of 72
I reckon they'd leave the keys black like on the black Macbook but they'll probably have to put an illuminated keyboard on it, which will partly justify the higher price tag:



post #72 of 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cpsro View Post

Hot stuff, especially in the sun.

You are right black absorbs heat.Not a good idea.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Future Apple Hardware
AppleInsider › Forums › Mac Hardware › Future Apple Hardware › Apple rumored to offer next-gen MacBook Airs with black finish