Apple to retain, redesign plastic MacBook family



  • Reply 21 of 125
    jupiteronejupiterone Posts: 1,564member
    Originally Posted by Peruchito View Post

    why not make the tablet the new macbook?

    My thoughts too. This "redesigned" MacBook may be redesigned into the Tablet.
  • Reply 22 of 125
    gazoobeegazoobee Posts: 3,754member
    Originally Posted by Peruchito View Post

    why not make the tablet the new macbook?

    Maybe the tablet is the new iBook.

    I must admit though that this doesn't make a whole lot of sense. If the tablet is the "answer" to competing in the netbook space, then these new MacBooks will be in that same space competing with the tablet for attention.

    Sounds like nervousness and a somewhat less-than-certain strategy from Apple this time around. It's not like Apple to cover their bets like this IMO.

    Either that tablet *is* so revolutionary that Apple is worried it will be a fail, or it's so dull that it really *is* just a big iPod (and thus just a fail of a different kind).
  • Reply 23 of 125
    Keep it. By making a tablet out of the MacBook and leaving only the MacBook Pro line you're going to end up losing a lot of people. That's going to hurt Apple.

    They need to keep this product and possibly drop the price.
  • Reply 24 of 125
    teckstudteckstud Posts: 6,476member
    Waiting for a complete iMac redesign overhaul. Please dear god, if there is a god.
  • Reply 25 of 125
    good, Apple need a £499 macbook and a £699 imac in England, that would push them into a completely new market, so many people want one but just cannot justify twice as much money for something that they're not sure they will like
  • Reply 26 of 125
    Hmmm, aluminium Macs with dents and scratches!?

    I don't know about MBP's, but my PowerBook after a year-long deployment to Iraq, three drops on a hardwood floor, two trips across the states, endless trips to and from work, and now entering its second Iraqi deployment has nary a dent nor a scratch on it.

    From all that abuse only the top and new battery are slightly askew.
  • Reply 27 of 125
    teckstudteckstud Posts: 6,476member
    Originally Posted by Ireland View Post

    I'll reiterate, the new Tablet will replace MacBook.

    But how will the children learn to type?
  • Reply 28 of 125
    mcarlingmcarling Posts: 1,106member
    If Apple drop the optical drive and the new MacBook is available before a 4GB MacBook Air, then I'll buy one. In other words, I'll buy the first Apple notebook with 4GB and no optical drive.
  • Reply 29 of 125
    Originally Posted by teckstud View Post

    But how will the children learn to type?

    does someone pay you to troll around on this forum?
  • Reply 30 of 125
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
    Originally Posted by teckstud View Post

    But how will the children learn to type?

    lke thy do now wit ther thums at 60 wds a min.
  • Reply 31 of 125
    MBA could be cheaper than the MB. Just let it stagnate and keep lowering the price.

    The fixed costs have already been paid off for that engineering feat, and the unit cost should be lower than MB. So, a lower price will bring more demand, and no further investment is required.

    Also, MBA customers might be more likely to buy additional accessories.
  • Reply 32 of 125
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    Originally Posted by Peruchito View Post

    why not make the tablet the new macbook?

    Exactly. The low-end MacBook (aka the new "iBook", aka the iTablet) will simply incorporate more multi-touch aspects into the product (the screen, for example) and there might even be a new size that fits nicely into the subnotebook space. It makes little sense to attempt to carve out a new niche product on it's own, when simply extending the existing lines makes the marketing so much easier.
  • Reply 33 of 125
    teckstudteckstud Posts: 6,476member
    Originally Posted by mstone View Post

    lke thy do now wit ther thums at 60 wds a min.

    Now that's too funny!

    But seriously I doubt that the "educational" laptop would ever loose its keyboard?
  • Reply 34 of 125
    tbelltbell Posts: 3,146member
    I didn't realize that connecting Macs to one another in the least painful manner was considered a high end legacy feature. Fact is Firewire, still is more feature packed then USB and the road map for development looks a lot better as well. That is why long time Mac users went nuts when Apple temporarily abandoned it. People will notice that Apple made a point of announcing it was back at it's last keynote.

    USB and Ethernet do not let users manage various computers as well as Firewire. Firewire will not be sacrificed.

    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

    while high-end legacy features like FireWire connectivity are likely to be sacrificed in the tradeoff.

  • Reply 35 of 125
    tundraboytundraboy Posts: 1,885member
    Originally Posted by Galley View Post

    Apple is replacing all cracked plamrests free-of-charge, even if it is out of warranty.

    I don't know why they never redesigned those damn plastic facings. It's the ribs at the top edge of the screen fascia that concentrates all the forces on two spots on the palm rest (when you shut the screen) which eventually crack and break off. All Apple needs to do is widen the surface area of those ribs several fold and the forces get less concentrated. Actually, the plastic surrounding the ribs also crack. I have both palm rest and screen border replaced last year and they look like they're going to need replacing again soon. And this computer is babied-- the lid is always shut gently and nothing gets stacked on it.
  • Reply 36 of 125
    mjtomlinmjtomlin Posts: 2,673member
    Originally Posted by kpluck View Post

    Rapidly? You are kidding right? With the exception of the $99 iPhone 3G all of their products are still in the premium market. The economy has been in the tank for a year and this refresh won't see the light of day until sometime in 2010. And you call that rapid?

    It's only been two quarters since Apple has started to any kind of impact from the recession... and it hasn't even hit them as hard as the rest of the industry. So to see this kind of move this quickly, would be considered "rapid". Apple probably wants to move quick before it does start hurting its bottom-line.
  • Reply 37 of 125
    bregaladbregalad Posts: 816member
    Something has to be done abut the lack of quality in the MacBook case. Cracks and discoloration are the rule rather than the exception.

    I believe the tablet and low end MacBook target different uses so both products can thrive.

    Although I understand the $99 - 999 graphic, I view the mandatory voice/data plan as part of the purchase price so I see the iPhone 3G as a $1499 device rather than a $99 one. To me the low end offering is the $229 iPod touch.
  • Reply 38 of 125
    ronboronbo Posts: 669member
    Originally Posted by al_bundy View Post

    don't see the point in paying for Garage Band if i'll never use it.

    If they stopped pre-loading Garageband on your computer, it's not like you'd see the price drop. If you don't like it, then just consider that HD space you can reclaim and delete it.
  • Reply 39 of 125
    Apple should redesign the White MacBook to look more like a plastic MacBook air

    drop the screen size to 10-12"

    drop the optical drive

    drop the price to $799

    (one model available in five colors)
  • Reply 40 of 125
    halvrihalvri Posts: 146member
    Originally Posted by Lemon Bon Bon. View Post


    Fair play to Apple if this road map comes about.

    The Macbook needs a price range in the UK of £495-795.

    Wintel laptops are available from £395.

    It wasn't that long ago Apple offered a £695 iBook and an iMac for £695. I think they need to go lower than that this time.

    They don't have to be Dell cheap...but cheaper than currently. I'm glad the Macbook is being realigned. It's overdue after the alu Macbook mistep that saw it changed to a 'Macbook Pro' with the Firewire port people wanted...and a price cut.

    I hope we get a nice slender design. Plastic. Affordable. It's got to be cheaper than the current model by a good hundred pounds or so.

    Same with the desktop line. The mac mini and iMac are due reality checks.

    We'll see what the 'fall' brings...

    Lemon Bon Bon.

    Exactly what is wrong with the Mac Mini and iMac in terms of price? The iMac is priced extremely well against its competition (Dell XPS One, HP TouchSmart) and is typically a better value as well. And the Mac Mini is never ever going to become a midtower because it would serve no purpose (90% of the market never upgrades their computers to begin with and on a mac, an external drive would serve the same purpose since dual booting is really the only way for legit gaming, making upgrading video cards rather irrelevant). If you're primarily gonna be gaming, you'd be much better served by buying a Windows midtower to begin with.

    Anyway, I'm expecting Apple to do something like this to its line-up:


    20" 2.93GHz Core 2 Duo- $1099

    4GB DDR3 RAM

    640GB HDD

    Nvidia 9600m GT

    24" 2.66GHz Core i7 Mobile- $1399

    4GB DDR3 RAM

    640GB HDD

    Nvidia 9600m GT

    24" 2.93GHz Core i7 Mobile- $1699

    4GB DDR3 RAM

    750GB HDD

    ATI Radeon 4850

    24" 3.06GHz Core i7 Mobile- $1999

    4GB DDR3 RAM

    1TB HDD

    Nvidia GTX285

    Apple has pretty much purposefully skipped over Core 2 Quad mobile because of its inherent problems, but the new i7 chips should make it safe to finally jump into quad core for the iMacs. I pretty much expect the aluminum MacBooks to just get spec bumps, but here's what I hope will happen with the polycarbonate ones:

    13" LCD- $799

    2.13GHz Core 2 Duo

    4GB DDR2 RAM

    250GB HDD

    Nvidia 9500m

    13" lcd- $999

    2.26GHz Core 2 Duo

    4GB DDR2 RAM

    320GB HDD

    Nvidia 9500m

    I'm putting it on faith that Apple will stop shipping miniscule hard drives (a 250GB base one would not murder their margins by any stretch of thought). I don't really know what to expect of a redesigned shell, but hopefully it will finally put that cracking issue to rest, cause the last thing Apple needs is for alot of new customers' first impressions of a MacBook to be that it has a quality control issue. The iMacs have long been great in terms of QC, but the engineering team really needs to stop slacking off when it comes to the notebooks. I'm also hoping the the advertising team finally comes up with a better pitch for the TV commercials because a lack of viruses is seriously in the middle of the pack in terms of reasons to buy a Mac.

    One way or another, though, I'm really excited to see what the team has in store for the next year.
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