RUMOR: Apple set to unveil lightweight, ultra-thin Mac portable on January 15

“Apple is set to unveil a new ultraportable laptop [at Macworld Expo] on January 15, according to the army of online pundits dedicated to tracking the iPod maker’s every move,” Rhys Blakely reports for The Times.

The rumored “lightweight, super-thin laptop – a device seemingly pitched between the iPhone and its current MacBook line of computers – is kindling [greta] interest among Apple aficionados,” Blakely reports.

“Suggestions that such a machine, said to be fitted with flash-based memory and an external disk drive, is imminent were stoked last month when digitimes.com, the industry site, revealed that Apple has secured a supply of 13.3-inch LED backlight units, used for ultraportable computer displays, from Taiwan,” Blakely reports.

“The addition of a new ultra-portable machine would fit with Apple’s recent thinking. The iPhone, which comes equipped with a fully-fledged web browser, was heralded as much as a miniature computer as a telephone when it was revealed at last year’s MacWorld,” Blakely reports.

More in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]

39 Comments

  1. So if this ultra portable does not come to fruition at MacWorld, are all of these rumor sites going to start checking their sources better, or what? I am beginning to wonder if they even have a real source. It always seems like one site pops up a rumor (that they made up) and then everyone else starts posting the same thing.

  2. If true the success will depend on price, battery life, sturdyness and its portability. This could be ideal for all travel, linking to GPS, digital camera, military. One would have finger tip access to the internet, music, video with the ability to access your office or home files via the internet.

    I’ll take two, one for each eye.

    Jim Crammer is forecasting $300 for AAPL by the end of the year. I suspect he is right with news that iPhones may be going into India and Japan soon.

  3. @ Ron:

    3/16″ thick would be amazing but I think near impossible for a notebook computer. About 1/2″ would make a plenty big enough splash without requiring an engineering miracle or jetisoning a reasonable price:performance ratio.

    Now, if the product is a touch based tablet, 3/16″ may not be far off.

    My sources tell me we’re actually getting two (2) products: A new Newton like device and an ultra portable notebook, both with SSDs (of course) and neither with internal optical drives.

  4. What if the thin client is a wireless video receiver that’s sold as an accessory to the Apple TV? You won’t need a television if you’re in a different room. It would essentially be a video-based remote as well as a movie viewer (and web browser). A nice way to debut new hardware alongside movie rentals.

    Thoughts?

  5. <i>”Suggestions that such a machine, said to be fitted with flash-based memory and an external disk drive, is imminent were stoked last month when digitimes.com, the industry site, revealed that Apple has secured a supply of 13.3-inch LED backlight units, used for ultraportable computer displays, from Taiwan,”<i>

    What a clumsy, horribly written sentence.

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