RUMOR: Apple’s secret product is ‘MacBook touch’

Get ready for Newton 2.0 MacBook touch?!

So says our source — the same one who tipped us to wireless iTunes Store sales direct to iPod, iPhone a week before Apple debuted it — in staccato fashion:

Think MacBook screen, possibly a bit smaller, in glass with iPhone-like, but fuller-featured Multi-Touch. Gesture library. Full Mac OS X. This is why they bought P.A. Semi. Possibly with Immersion’s haptic tech. Slot-loading SuperDrive. Accelerometer. GPS. Pretty expensive to produce initially, but sold at “low” price that will reduce margins. Apple wants to move these babies. And move they will. This is some sick shit. App Store-compatible, able to run Mac apps, too. By October at the latest.

MacDailyNews Note: This is a rumor. We have no other information. We cannot confirm this information independently at this time, but felt it plausible enough to bring to your attention.

We are working to develop new products that contain technologies that our competition will not be able to match. I cannot discuss these new products, but we are very confident in our product pipeline.Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer, during Apple’s Q308 Financial Results Conference Call, July 21, 2008


  1. Who will be the one presenting it to us after we’re finally told that Steve Jobs is bed-ridden and the stock drops 90%?

    I can only imagine it’s that Scott Forstall guy. He may be a little dry but he’s young and vibrant. He’s got potential.

  2. It would have to be in a different form factor. The laptop form would give people “gorrila arm” I think it’s called, much like Microsoft’s demo of Windows 7. Some sort of giant iPhone that can be propped up on one end, that allows a mouse to be connected as well (since it will run Mac applications). There is no way someone could run Illustrator and such without a mouse.

  3. Nope. Not it.

    A MacBook Touch is not a “KEY product transition,” as Opperheimer stated. It would be a completely new product.

    Besides, Oppenheimer clearly said that it would affect profit margins in the CURRENT quarter ending September.

    Sorry, this isn’t it.

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