RUMOR: 13-inch widescreen Apple Intel-based iBook (MacBook?) Core Solo due this spring

“This spring Apple is expected to roll-out the a new series of iBook consumer laptops built around a 13-inch widescreen display. The new models will sport the first major design revision to the iBook in several years and come bundled with both Front Row and the Apple Remote, people familiar with the company’s plans tell AppleInsider. Like Apple’s new iMac Core Duo and MacBook Pro computers, the new iBooks will also feature a built-in iSight video cam and come bundled with the company’s Photo Booth software, these people say,” Kasper Jade reports for AppleInsider.

“Although processor specifications for the upcoming iBook series remain largely unconfirmed, it’s only logical to assume the laptops will be powered by Intel’s 1.67GHz Core Solo processor — the only processor on the chip maker’s roadmap suited for a laptop that is neither equal to, nor greater than, the Core Duo chips used in Apple’s MacBook Pro laptops,” Jade reports. “iBook’s industrial design is expected remain similar to the current models. One person who claims to have caught a glimpse of the nearly-finalized prototype describes it as a slightly-smaller cousin to the recently introduced MacBook Pro, but clad in iMac white. Meanwhile, rumors that Apple’s Intel-based iBooks would arrive without support for FireWire are untrue, this person said. The new models are said to retain a single FireWire 400 port in addition to two USB 2.0 ports.”

According to AppleInsider, the new consumer portable Macs will be available in at least two retail configurations: one with a SuperDrive and the other without. “The latter model will fall within the sub-$1000 range currently occupied by the 12-inch PowerPC-based 1.33GHz iBook… It remains unknown whether Apple will re-brand the iBook under new name like it recently did with the PowerBook line,” Jade reports.

Full article here.

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39 Comments

  1. Hey MDN (and Kasper Jade too), didn’t y’all read the memo, the iBook and PowerBook are dead?! They are being replaced by the MacBook and MacBook Pro.

    This rumor is worthless if the author doesn’t even know the naming scheme.

  2. BTW, a grade schooler could have pieced together this mish-mash of vague speculation.

    Obviously any new offerings will include Front Row, iSight, yada, yada.

  3. Okay, MacHappy,

    What are you smoking? Apple is beating us in the education market now, and you say “enough to attract the education market again?”

    Get a clue.

  4. OF COURSE they’re renaming the product to MacBook. Steve Jobs already said that they’re rebranding all of the products to put the word Mac in the title. These are going to be called MacBooks. DUH!

  5. Steven : “stylish and sexy portable like a Latitude or an Inspiron”

    beauty is in the eye of the beholder/there is no accounting for taste/whatever floats your boat.

    personally, i think the apple design styles knock the socks off the competition. maybe some of the super-small super-slim (ultra expensive) sony vaios may look sleek, but that’s about it.

    MW : even

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