- 12" rMBA
- 14" rMB
- 16" rMBP
Simple. Elegant. Streamlined.
Interesting idea.. I see your post, and raise you this:
11" iBook (ARM-based, "unapologetically plastic," running iOS but able to run most general OSX apps)
12" Macbook Air
13" Macbook Pro
14" Macbook Air
15" Macbook Pro
I realize there's no obvious need to line up the screen sizes like that, but it feels right. Although there is no immediate benefit, I think it gives people a little peace of mind when things seem organized, and probably helps reduce the anxiety behind the "paradox of choice."
OSX is what iOS is under it's graphical front end. It's just the processor and the interface (touch versus Aqua) that's different. It still has the same unix-based underpinnings. From the command line, they both are the same.
Let me elaborate on the MacPad (as I have called it): I believe Apple is working on an iOS-based laptop, like a the Chromebook, but without a mouse. It would run all iOS apps as it would have the A7/A8 processor, and it could either also have a typical desktop filing system or further expand on the iOS system of tightly integrated apps that store their data in a manner consumers don't need to understand. It would be touch-based. It's something beyond what any of us have conceived. It will be more an iPad than a Mac.
However, Apple could really take the iOS system into the future if it could emulate an intel processor and run simple Mac apps. Apple has a great history of transitioning products through emulation from 680x0 to PPC and PPC to Intel via Rosetta. Today's processors are so damn fast that they can spin their wheels doing emulation and still run apps at what appears to be full-speed. The biggest problem with any app emulation is how to bridge a mouse and keyboard interface of an old app onto a touch device.
You'd need a touchpad. Wow. It's a laptop. It's an iPad. It's both. Or is it?
I don't know how they would handle the screen resolution differences from a Mac app to an iOS app, but Apple already has some screen fragmentation on their phones between the iPhone 4S and the 5s and 5ses (slightly taller). If they choose to go to anything on a future iPad that is not a 2x multiple of 1024x768, they will have to have to find a solution for non-integral display resolutions. This would open the door to ANY app resolution on the iPad (imagine 3840x2160 or 2160p) on a 9.7" iPad scaling to just about any resolution of a Mac app). I'd love to see Apple bring classic Mac OS apps to the iPad through emulation.
I think Apple is working on the "next big thing" and are about to re-redefine the home computing experience. PCs will eventually be dead to consumers. I see only graphics and other professionals, engineers, and scientists using true PCs in the future (5-10 years out). Consumers will use iOS devices for all their home-computing needs. They'll be so simple, ANYONE can use them without knowledge of the OS, file systems, etc. It's a concept Jobs had in the 80s that became reality with the iPad. It will lead to the death of the Macintosh platform for anyone other than those generating new content or writing software.
Eventually, programmers will write iPad apps on an iOS device. That device doesn't exist yet. But it will eventually.
Great points, I've had the same thoughts (minus the technical knowhow). It seems that for most users, the only benefits a "truck" mac provides are higher-performing or more "productive" apps, extra screen real estate for running the apps side by side, and the versatility (albeit confusing to many) of the hierarchical file storage system. Apple can solve all these issues (respectively) with a specially designed ARM SOC, notebook form factor, and integration of an iCloud file system that organizes cross platform files with tags (which is a new feature in Mavericks). For most users it's the best of both worlds, ease of use and familiarity of iOS, security of iOS, but able to run almost all the apps they used on their macs. Apple gets to lower the entry price of their notebook line, while increasing profit margins from the money they're saving on the CPU, GPU, RAM, and manufacturing. It also happens to be something that no other competitor can effectively compete against/copy. Hopefully we'll see this soon.
I'd say this is on the money. The 11" and 13" inch models are pretty close in price now anyway. Combining the weight and portability of the 11" model with a (much) better display than the 13" model feels like an upgrade with a lot of upside. I used a 12" PowerBook back in the day. It was a wonderful machine.
i guess it stands for "oh my jesus" but i just really like the sound and i use it often in conversation. usually i say like "oh MY jayyyy" or just plain ol "oh-EM-jayyyy". it just has a nice sound to it.
lol that's actualy pretty funny :)
Apple will simplify the line up. No more Macbook Air, Just Macbook, and Macbook Pro.
The Macbook Air has been waiting for a Redesign already. Even its internal has shown its age when Anand said there were lots of empty space and room for improvement on its circuit broad. So looks like it is waiting for a remake.
The 12" will merely be, as have already been said and requested a MBA with less Bezel. Doing the same on 13" MBA will results in 14" Macbook as well. My guess is that both Display will feature a PPI of 160+. But Not Retina.
May be Apple will cut the 13" Macbook Pro. With Pro only on 15.5" and Retina only.
All these refresh are coming in with Intel Broadwell, the 14nm shrink of Haswell with even better graphics then Haswell. Speed and Graphics performance will be the same in general. With Power usage being even further reduced.
I think this thread is interesting not because Ming-Chi Kuo is right or wrong about any particular future Apple product that may be in development, but because it's important to consider what Apple does with its laptop line-up.
It makes perfect sense to merge the 11" and 13" MBAs into a single MacBook model. If it has a retina display, the difference between a standard MacBook and Pro model may be only be in name. Why not migrate to a single line-up all with retina screens but with a range of chip options?
If a new 12" MacBook becomes a new benchmark due to its form factor (even thinner design than current MBA and MBPr) then it would be only natural for Apple to extend the design format across other models. This could mean a single range of MacBooks with say 12", 14" and 16" screens. If the 16" models had more powerful chips, they could be priced like existing 'Pro' models. Or, if Apple wants to retain the standard versus pro distinction, maybe the top model in each screen size could be labelled 'Pro'?
I guess it all depends on what we get.
Apple has been working on haptic keyboards for a while. How about a clamshell design with two screen panels? One could be a standard screen; the other could be a haptic keyboard that is customisable according to different programs, languages, functions etc.
If the basic design gets any thinner, we may see the USB and Thunderbolt ports being dropped. Maybe Apple will introduce a new super-thin USB format?
What is certain is that the MacBook Air has been around for a while, is a bit tired and needs to evolve. Second, is that whatever Apple creates, it's going to be a desirable piece of hardware.
Apple management is trying to squeeze pennies for their bottom line. An increase of 1GB RAM on the SoC to 2GB of RAM would hurt their profit margin by about $5 an iPad unless they raise the price by $5 more that is!
The fact that they have named the big size iPad as iPad Air, suggests to me that they are equating the ipadmini to macbook, ipadAir to macbook air and therefore there may be an iPad Pro in the pipe with better resolution and better everything to teach the surface and surface pro a thing or two.
Also, I feel that Apple also thinks that touch on the laptop is only a matter of time - regardless of all the nonsense they make up - what can you do with touch on the desktop/laptop etc. - just like in the past with iPod video.
Mac Pro - for all production houses, animations, films etc. tethered
Macbook Pro - Mobile Mac Pro
Macbook Air - Dead or for execs who still like blackberrys with a keyboard (read archaic and bumbling with a touchscreen)
iPad mini - for all mobile acts for all non-professionals (or professionals' non-professional wife/husband or simply for day to day stuff)
iPad Air - Lighter for executives (the air ... u get the idea)
iPad Pro - for techies who envy the execs but to feel they have something better
No harm in dreaming, is there ?