RUMOR: Ultra-thin, ultra-light aluminum subnotebook coming soon from Apple

“We have received some information about some upcoming Apple laptops – we think they are MacBooks but aren’t 100 percent sure they aren’t the fabled Pro slim line,” Cleve Nettles oreports for 9 to 5 Mac.

Nettles provides a list of details that include:
• Black aluminum and silver aluminum (like MacBook Pros)
• Considerably slimmer and lighter than current MacBook and even a bit more than MacBook Pro
• There is something strange about the touchpad (more on this to come)
• Apple plans extremely aggressive pricing

More in the full article here.

Jacqui Cheng reports for Ars Technica, “A good friend of mine at Apple (who has declined to provide any specific details) has told me that he is very excited for the next update to the company’s laptop line, for his own personal use. That, and he indicated that the laptops should be appearing ‘right around product cycle, if you follow that sort of thing.’ I don’t, actually, but people on the Ars staff do; they tell me that the MacBook is due to cycle around Novemberish.”

Full article here.

AppleInsider reports, “It’s not entirely clear whether the notebooks are part of an upcoming revision to Apple’s consumer-oriented MacBook line or are simply one-and-the same with the much rumored “ultra-portable” design first detailed back in February. The latter systems are expected to include L.E.D-backlit 13-inch LCD panels, on-board NAND flash (for faster application launching and boot times), and lack a traditional optical disc drive.”

Full article here.

47 Comments

  1. I could live without an Optical disk drive considering I never use one to begin with except for when installing a new OS. Personally, I use external hard drives to back up all my data as apposed to disks, and I download all my movies, tv shows, and programs. In my opinion, the whole HDVD vs Bluray thing is stupid considering digital distribution is the way of the future.

  2. I would most definitely get one the first moment I could if it were 10 to 12 inches in size and had awesome battery life. Pure power isn’t a big deal for me, since I don’t play games or do anything else resource intensive, but size and battery life are. If these new laptops have specs equivalent to regular Macbook, they’ll be more than sufficient. However, I would buy the Pro model if there was one just to be future proof.

  3. Ultralight laptops would be a great niche to fill and Apple are the perfect ones to do this. They will make a killing and it will play well with road warriors including those who need a PC for business. A good foot in the door if you ask me

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  4. Lacking an optical disk drive? I don’t think Apple would do that. Who wants to lug a CD burner everywhere? NOT ME.

    Exactly! Current MacBooks make you lug your (internal) CD burner wtih you everywhere.

    Make it external, save the weight and bulk. Leave the external optical drive at home or office and use it there when needed. It’s usually not needed on the road.

  5. CDs/DVDs are unnecessary unless you need to install large programs or watch movies. Memory sticks are the universal way to share data nowadays and email or networking are other alternatives.

    Better battery life and less weight are key needs for subcompact laptops. The only question is will Apple change extra for a removable DVD drive?

  6. Placing the CD/DVD burner underneath would be inconvenient, but it would be better than not having one at all. Anyway, Apple’s old subnotebooks (like the 12 inch powerbook) were smaller than the current regular macbooks, and still included an optical drive. Also, lacking a traditional optical drive doesn’t mean not having an optical drive at all. What it could mean is that the new subnotebook will be even smaller than apple’s older ultraportables.

  7. So, let me get this straight, when Steve Jobs says something like “Oh, just one more thing” and he reaches into his jeans around his crotch (because a side pants pocket will be too small) he will pull out this sleek new thin computer that (except for the one that’s been in his crotch) everyone will want to buy. Do I have this right?
    Ok I’ll buy it. I’ll buy 3. Just don’t cut the price by $200 two months later, pleeeze.

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