Originally Posted by CheddarTrek
No offense Slewis/Sebastian, but I don't agree with your anticipated specs. I don't think it will have flash memory only, but perhaps a combination of flash and a hard drive. Yes, a hard drive has moving parts and eats up battery, but I think it's too soon to see a computer without one.
I see we have a difference of opinion on this one, but I do believe that if Apple enters the Sub notebook market, either in the time frame the article mentioned or the next year or two (by the way, I provided a few comments about if it was in the time frame so don't take the main list of specs to be the end all be all of what I'm communicating, after all, this is mostly what I'd like to see) that it will be all flash. Going by the track record that Flash Memory is currently going at, 64 GB on an SD Card (which is REALLY tiny, and a lot of it's size comes from the plastic so the chip is even smaller) and 128 GB on that same chip by years end, by the time Apple does enter the Sub Notebook market Flash can be all the way up to 256 GB on an SD Card. Currently the cheapest Macbook comes with a 60 GB HDD, and my Macbook, with an 80 GB HDD only had about 55 GB of the HDD out of the box (partly because 80 GB really means 74 GB, partly because of Mac OS X being so damn huge eating up around 20 GB) that if you were to use anything less then 64 GB for the Drive you wouldn't have much of a Usable drive (and I already ate through another 20 GB myself) which really sucks (and is why I need to upgrade to 200 GB eventually)
That being said, I honestly think Apple can enter the Market without a single moving part on their part (haha) and make things really simple, and ultra thin!
Since that same article is one that this thread was created for, I'll say that we should go on the assumption that we'll see this subnotebook sometime this year if we see it all.
OK, why am I avoiding any specific Chip Names? I don't plan on seeing this materialize for another year or 2. But if it were, then I would probably keep most of that, except make it a Core 2 Duo, GMA 3000 (or whatever it's called) 1 GB of RAM and only 64 GB Flash Drive.
Since this is what i stated (though rather unclearly) to be the specs I would expect in the case that the Sub Notebook arrived sooner then I anticipated, this is the rather valid list of specs (modifying my other rather valid list
) that would be valid in the case that Apple does indeed validate a reason for making "around WWDC" a valid release date, then this is the valid list you should invalidate with your at the moment invalid argument (I went valid crazy on a friend who said you listed valid reasons, so I'm essentially repeating what I said there, only validly modified to make more sense
I'm also thinking that 3/16th of an inch, and especially 1/8th of an inch, is a bit small to be hoping for. Even if you wanted something that thin.
I seriously doubt that they would drop CAPS Lock, and I don't think that most people would want them to since people are used to it being there. It does occasionally have uses; if people do want to type in all caps for a while, it's irritating to hold the shift key down.
The Caps lock is too large for what it does and only gets in the way. Maybe they could place it in a less annoying place (the second enter button next to the second command button is a possibility) , make shift a little smaller, move that up where Caps lock was, and drop the second command button, or make an F7 of it (Of all the Function keys, this is the one that I can't figure out and I can't seem to assign any application to make use of it, maybe when Leopard comes out Spaces can use it) so it would you know, stay out of the way. But it's an extra key that isn't really needed, and Holding Shift down is what I END UP DOING ANYWAYS WHEN I WANT TO TYPE SOMETHING IN ALL CAPS!!
I would like to see a 2 GHz Dual Core processor, but if this notebook is to be a "true" subnotebook then they'll probably use an ULV processor for the extended battery life. If they are going as far as to say there might not be an optical drive for purposes of size and battery life, then I doubt they'll put a battery-consuming processor in there.
2 GB of RAM seems too much to hope for in a notebook this small, but I agree it's a possibility and I hope you're right.
2 Ghz in the time frame that I mentioned is not unreasonable, 2 Ghz maybe today is unreasonable, but for Sub notebooks of today, it's probably the next logical step, and in 5-6 months, it will no doubt make perfect sense. As for 2 GB of RAM, well I hope I'm right too, and if I have much of an argument to stand on, I believe Apple is preparing to move their Macbook's onto a Standard of 2 GB with their next revision (they did it with the Macbook Pro so I'm kind of Half Hoping on that one) and when this Sub Notebook arrives 2 GB will likely be standard across their product lines.
In other words, I think you've set your sights too high for the type of computer that this article seems to talking about. Don't get me wrong, I'd much, MUCH rather see something like a 12" Macbook Pro come out than a subnotebook like this, but I don't think that's what this rumor is all about.
In other words, I think my spec sheet is perfectly reasonable, even the dumbed down ones for the "around WWDC" timeframe. It wouldn't cost very much for Apple to build (essentially a Macbook) until you arrive to the Flash Drive and LED screen, probably the most expensive pieces of the computer, but also the most valuable pieces because it allows them to make it almost 2 Dimensional, and I doubt even Sony has something THAT small.
Either way, this isn't an official Spec Sheet, and even if it isn't I'm going to defend every aspect of it because I never realized how much I hated moving parts until I dropped my first Macbook while watching a Movie and my HDD died.