Originally Posted by solipsism
I think the cost is too high and will be too high come January to remove the White MB from the lineup. I think we have another year before Apple can consider its removal. I have a feeling that it's probably selling pretty well at its new price-point.
I think you're right. Up until recently, I, like a lot of ppl, assumed that the PlasticBook was a goner as of MacWorld.
But then I thought... hmm, keep the PlasticBook around, and...
1) You're under much less pressure to lower the price on the $1299 MetalBook, which is still expensive to make at this point (its still early days on the unibody. Apple has said the unibody costs will fall over time. MWSF seems too early for much of a fall, as Solip says).
2) By now, the margins on the PlasticBook are probably pretty good, even at the $999 pricepoint.
3) There's also quite a recession going on. While I think Apple would LOVE IT if the Macbook line started at 1199 or 1299 (the bastids), now is the exact wrong time for that.
Call me crazy, but I think the PlasticBook is going to be "staying alive" (apologies to the Bee Gees) for quite awhile longer.
Until it meets a Snow Leopard, of course, which will be the PlasticBook's demise.
Those wimpy integrated graphics simply won't do, in regards to OpenCL.