Apple soon to intro ‘world’s thinnest notebook,’ under 0.7 inches thin?

“A computer manufacturer is set to produce Intel’s Metro ultraportable concept, according to sources in touch with BusinessWeek. The magazine claims that an unnamed builder will turn the prototype into reality later in the year. This would mark a radical departure from the company’s traditional concepts, which are often shown at the company’s in-house Developer Forums solely as inspirations for other manufacturers rather than direct blueprints,” Electronista reports.

“Extra details about the Metro notebook have surfaced, the publication says, that may hint at its ultimate manufacturer. Created by the Oregon product design firm Ziba, the Metro achieves its record 0.7-inch thickness (slightly thicker than the Motorola RAZR V3) by using an entirely flash-based, solid-state hard drive in place of the conventional hard disk, freeing room for other components inside. The change would also improve battery life and would combine with a magnesium housing to weigh less than 2.3 pounds without an optical drive,” Electronista reports.

Full article with many images here.

MacDailyNews Take: Of course, Apple would need to lose the god-awful champagne with gold accents color scheme. Yuck. Notebooks shouldn’t look like a Camry from Great Neck. Come to think of it, in a perfect world, Camrys from Great Neck shouldn’t look like Camrys from Great Neck, either. Less is more, people, less is more.

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  1. It certainly looks like a small form factor MacBook Pro (still want to type “Powerbook”!) – make a 12″ Powerbook G4 thinner with a wide screen aspect ratio and it would look very similar.

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