Originally Posted by Mr. H
Ah, but it's all in those little details. The forming of the aluminium, that little indentation you get around the periphery of the keyboard, the keyboard itself, the latching mechanism, the fact you can get to the HDD easily in the MacBook, etc. Those little details all add up to a "sharper", sleeker form-factor for the MacBook (imagining it "aluminiumised") relative to the current MacBook Pro.
Yeah...I agreed with your assertions about the keyboard 100%.
I should have stated that the indention around the keyboard AND the MacBook/Air-like keyboard would NOT be mutually exclusive. In other words, if we're getting that kind of keyboard (which I seriously believe we are
) then that keyboard will also be indented just like the MacBook and Air's keyboards are. In an earlier post
, I too recognized the likely inclusion of the MacBook/Air's magnetic latch.
Also when you say "the forming of the aluminum
," you meant polycarbonate
, right? You were describing what makes the current
MacBook's case special in this instance, but accidentally mixed in your own prediction
about a 13" aluminum MacBook that doesn't exist.
Of course, making these rather superficial changes to the current 15" and 17" MacBook Pro cases and calling it a day is unlikely, but before I touch on my reasonings further down, I'll first repost my predictions for Apple's black and white MacBook, which I think you missed:
Originally Posted by wobegon
The computer everyone seems to be ignoring is the MacBook
While Apple has been transitioning to aluminum, they use that material to differentiate
their premium and high-end Macs (iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro) from their budget/consumer oriented Macs (Mac Mini, MacBook). It's similar to their use of backlit keyboards on all premium notebooks.
So, to avoid higher production costs
and buyer confusion
, they'll keep the same polycarbonate
material (available in black and white as they are now), but taper
, possibly sliming it down a bit overall and/or making it lighter in weight. An LED backlit display is almost a given and an oversized MultiTouch trackpad is nearly as likely. I doubt SSDs, optional or otherwise.
Originally Posted by Mr. H
The original article does also mention the MacBook. It seems likely given all the rumours that the MacBook is going to go aluminium.
What rumors? The Aluminum MacBook
rumor has been around for a LONG time, but no proof has surfaced recently (nor have I heard any good reasoning behind such a thing).
On the other hand, I certainly have seen the spy shots (below) of what are likely the redesigned MacBook Pros
, which feature tapered edges
and a removable battery that spans the length of the case, which will (purportedly) give easy access to the hard drive bay
similar to what the current black and white MacBooks offer.