Originally Posted by AppleInsider
It's that time again -- the first round of non-descript Apple teaser banners have begun cropping up around San Francisco's Moscone Center, the site of next week's highly-anticipated Macworld Expo.
Sure to fuel rampant and widespread speculation for the next four days is a sprawling matte black banner hanging above the entrance to the south hall that reads simply:
"2008. There's something in the air."
Several other banners bearing the same phase are also visible through the windows of the south hall entrance.
Just as it is necessary to own a computer to have an iPod or iPhone, so a completely wireless laptop might fill the niche between these handhelds and full-blown laptops and hence also boost desktop sales. Apple has a pattern of incorporating leverage and hence kick-backs into its devices so that they not only provide distributed income streams but form an inter-dependent ecosystem with one initiating the need, or desire, for another.
A dependent wireless laptop would boost desktop computer sales right when these are going into decline in the general shift toward portables. So here we have a really neat, desirable, oh-so-thin laptop with no moving parts save the screen-hinges and keys. Sort of a big, flat, iPod Touch with a gesture-sensitive trackpad for rotating and zooming, as well as the usual two-finger scroll. More importantly this is a portable that boosts iMac and Mac Pro sales contrary to the trend of every other manufacturer - a very neat solution to consolidating sales and boosting profits right out of thin air.
The use of the term "Air" also has a tradition in its association with WiFi and Apple: notably the AirPort.
Personally, I didn't expect this ultra-portable until Penryn mobile processors debuted, as the lower wattage and hence cooler-running and smaller battery made ultra-thinness possible.
I expect to see two models, say a 64 Gig Flash Drive and a 128 Gig. Expect 'g' and 'n' wireless, gesture sensitive Touchpad, LED backlit screen and a reasonably good, to very impressive, battery-life. With Flash-drive and Penryn-power, it'll be practically instant on and really quick and with integrated everything including graphics, it shouldn't cannibalize sales of MacBook Pro's for professional graphics use. I don't see induction charging - but you never know. When closed, the "Air" will probably still be thinner than a tablet PC. I think Apple would be hard pushed not to play with the words "thin air".
That's my guess. From Aero to Air. A neat solution to more than one problem.