RUMOR: Apple iBook to become ‘MacBook’ while ‘MacBook Pro’ will offer more screen size choices soon

The persistent rumors floating around Macworld Expo are very simple, but still contain information of interest and might help clarify some questions:

1. “MacBook” replaces both “PowerBook” and “iBook.” The “MacBook Pro” will replace the “PowerBook” when it is discontinued (it’s still being sold by Apple) and “MacBook” will replace “iBook” (which is also still being sold).
2. At least two MacBook Pro models are coming “soon,” but weren’t ready to be presented. A smaller screen compact portable MacBook Pro and at least one larger screen MacBook Pro will round out the model line.
3. The Mac mini with new features, software and a whole lot of other surprises are due to be delivered consistently throughout the year via special media events and regular Apple events.

Those are the three main rumors that we feel confident enough to report as “rumors.” However, they are rumors, so please take them with a grain of salt.

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  1. Steve didn’t say these things at yesterday’s keynote, but he strongly implied them. And he said himself that he has “pretty good sources in Apple.” ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  2. “And rumor is an iPod of some sort will upgraded or something during 2006.”

    LOL. That’s quite the prediction. What tipped you off? Was it the fact that Apple upgraded and released new versions of the iPod multiple times in 2005?

  3. Yeah, a real rushed product, so rushed, he had Phil out in the audience demoing the built-in iSight. Sorry, if you saw it up close, I don’t know how you could call it rushed. Not any more rushed for example than the TiBook, which clearly was not rushed, but may not have been fully thought out, either. If you actually compare the MacBook specs to the current G4, on which I am typing this comment now, it looks like a huge leap forward. I think that well-thought critiques of Apple product is a good thing; knee-jerk reactions are, well, just that. The MacBook doesn’t have everything I want, but it has enough, in combination with the new iPhoto, to make it an easy decision for me.

  4. Nuclear Kid said:

    “This does add fuel to the fire that the new pro desktops will be renamed “Mactel”. Makes sense now.”

    You’re not serious. Tell me you don’t take that seriously.

    Suicidal Gingerbread Man, I think that el Predicto was being sarcastic. Maybe you were, too, and it just wasn’t as clear.

    MW: “end,” as in please let the inanity end

  5. Forget what the things are called…its what they do that does it for people.

    Apple can call the PowerMac the MacIntheBoxPro6UpWindows and it won’t make a jot of difference. People will still want it..

  6. Steve said it was Apple’s 30th Anniversary on April 1st – what better day to hold an event to announce new products!

    12″ and 17″ MacBook Pro’s, MacBooks, Intel MacMinis and desktops…

    …and one more thing.
    How about OSX software for ‘other’ Intel PC’s!

    Wouldn’t that be the biggest joke on Bill and his dancing Monkey ever!?!

    MDN word: “world”. As in ‘Domination begins here!’

  7. I can’t wait until Apple introduces those 42 and 56 inch plasma screen Macs with Front Row 3.0 and built in satellite support and pizza oven. I’ve already sold my other Macs to save up enough money to buy this when it comes out on April 1, 2006!

    What’s a grain of salt?

  8. I’m sure I’m not alone, but I absolutly dislike the “MacBook” name. I really hope the iBooks don’t suffer the same fate, though it really wouldn’t surprise me if they did. Remember, the iBook is supposed to be the “portable iMac”. If you call it a MacBook, it loses that distinction with people, and also loses it’s connection with the iPod name, iLife, ect. Apple will be smart to keep the name as iBook I think. MacBook Pro, well, I guess they couldn’t call it MacBook or PowerBook Duo (for the Core Duo), because that was a good idea, but a failed product (afaik it didn’t do well back in the day). Anyways, I’m really hopeful that they iBook keeps it’s name. It’s a cute name, and consumers know an iBook when they see someone using one. Someone should start a petition to keep the iBook name, hell maybe one to change back to the PowerBook name. I dunno I’m just not feelin’ it for MacBook Pro. I understand the processor architecture distinction, but the word Power, when people think of that in the PowerBook or Power Mac names, they think of performance and power of the hardware being emphasized and thus being it’s main feature: raw power. They don’t think about the processor inside. They only think of that when someone says PowerPC or Intel.

  9. I, for one, think the iBook will retain it’s name. I think the “pro” distinction on the Mac Book is simply so people know it’s their pro line. The iMac’s name didn’t change. I guess we’ll find out in the coming months.

  10. gzero said:
    “Seeing that many of Apple’s rivals made Core Duo announcements at the CES, I guess Apple pretty much had to release some kind of laptop with Core Duo, in order to keep up with the competition.”

    Umm… My guess is that the design and development of the new iMac and MacBook Pro took a little longer than a week to get to the point of near release. I would also venture a guess that this was NOT a reactionary announcement, since Apple tends to like being the innovator and all.

    Q: Is the iMac the first shipping computer with the new Core Duo chips anyone?

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