Originally Posted by RolandG
IMO, the MacBook's and the MacBook Pro's design is near perfect. Sleek, no unnecessary fuss, quality materials, clever details. What do you think could be optimized?
It's a nice design, but if you look at Apple's most recent products and product revisions, all of them feature similar traits. What do the new aluminum iMac, MacBook Air and iPhone 3G have in common? Tapered edges
and in general, each is thinner overall. Remember, the white iMacs were rounded rectangles just as the original iPhone was.
Obviously Jobs and Co. have realized that simply making things thinner isn't as impressive as also making them feel
considerably more sleek in the hand or a bag.
Aluminum is also another transition - the main reason Apple dropped the original iPhone's aluminum back for the 3G's plastic was to improve 3G reception, lower the weight, and cut costs. Most of their Macs (and the Apple TV) are either entirely aluminum or have aluminum accents (the Mac Mini, for instance). The MacBook is the main exception and while Apple is moving towards aluminum, they also use different materials to differentiate their consumer Macs from their Pro machines; the iMac last year finally went aluminum because it could rival a base Mac Pro in terms of performance.
The MacBook is likely to remain a consumer-oriented laptop in terms of price and performance, so while they could add tapered edges, the white and black polycarbonate plastic is likely to stay. It probably won't have a backlit keyboard, which is another staple of their premium notebooks (the iMac's new aluminum keyboard likely doesn't use backlighting because the iMac's large 20"-24" screen illuminates the keys well enough and people generally have a light on when using a desktop computer).