Originally Posted by mercurysquad
I think that's a very myopic view people take. This might be true in the US, but outside of the US the situation is completely different.
In India the white MacBook costs $1356 and the MBP 13" costs $1556. At those prices, the white MacBook is a very attractive choice considering that hardware/component wise they are almost the same minus some extra features like better casing, backlit keyboard etc. (assuming we're comparing same generation MB and MBPs).
I think the white MacBook is here to stay. I also read somewhere (sorry no citation) that the white MacBook is the highest selling mac. (I own the current model, and even prefer this design to the aluminium one). The educational discount is now only 6% here - I was lucky to get mine when it was still 12% - and it still cost me $1191. Basically I paid more for the white MB under edu discount than a person in the US would pay for the aluminum MBP. If the white MacBook is discontinued, the cheapest Apple laptop you could buy would cost $1500+ in the Indian market, and possibly a whole lot of non-Western-non-affluent markets would simply not be able to afford a mac.
India's markup totally sucks.
Originally Posted by mcarling
I can imagine a new MacBook with:
Sandy Bridge (obvious)
only the built-in graphics (to keep the price down and increase battery life)
the current poor 1280x800 rather than 1440x900 (because of the limited graphics power and to keep the price down)
Thunderbolt (because Apple need to increase the installed base)
4GB RAM (up from the current 2GB)
320GB HD (up from the current 250GB)
no internal Optical Brick (to reduce weight, promote iTunes, and keep the price down)
Originally Posted by al_bundy
if a macbook goes for $799 or so and gets sandy bridge i'm all over it.
$799 would be a real sweet spot in pricing for a new MacBook. Sure, the margins would be lower for Apple, but I think that would be made up for in sheer volumeespecially among high school students, college students (english/history/communications/other non-science & non-design majors), writers and reporters in newsrooms. It would also be a great way to bring a whole new generation into the Apple/Mac fold.
Originally Posted by aross99
I agree. For those students/people coming from the Windows world of $500 laptops, the jump to $999 is barely reachable. $1,199 is too much for that segment of the market - and they need 13" screens...
Originally Posted by melgross
Do you really think that if Apple discontinues the MB, students will gravitate to a Windows notebook? I doubt it.
Actually, I do. Parents buying their child their first laptop for school will likely look at price before anything else. The child will want
a MacBook or MBP or something, but the parents will say "Yeah, but this [insert Wintel brand here] is so much cheaper!!!
Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody
I agree. It seems that this year might be the time to let this ugly old thing go, regardless of sales.
It's certainly not the prettiest laptop around, but I think at a $799 price point, it will look a lot prettier!
The only real question is will the new MacBook Airs be called "MacBook Airs" or "MacBooks"?
It would be nice if Apple provided a couple of options at the low end: $799 as the low-price Apple laptop (for those who don't need high end graphics or processing power); $999 for an ultra-portable and super-swanky laptop (aka MBA).
Originally Posted by island hermit
When I went to university there was one guy that actually had a scientific calculator, 3 of us had slide rules and 4 people had nothing at all.
Sorry... I just thought I'd throw that in there...
Huh-huh... dude. you're old.