RUMOR: Apple to unveil totally new 11.6-inch MacBook Air with Apple-designed SSD drive on Oct. 20th

“Apple next Wednesday will unveil its latest bid to cater to consumers in the market for a true sub-notebook with the introduction of a smaller, 11.6-inch MacBook Air redesigned from the ground up, AppleInsider has been able to confirm from several independent sources,” Kasper Jade reports for AppleInsider.

Jade reports, “The first models, which are certain take the form of an 11.6-inch notebook, have been in rolling off Apple’s Taiwanese manufacturing lines for at least a week now, placing their availability on or shortly thereafter their introduction next Wednesday at the company’s ‘Back to the Mac’ special event, according to person with a proven track record of pinpoint accuracy.

“According to this person, the new models will do away with existing options for a conventional hard-disk drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD) in favor something described as an ‘SSD Card’ that lacks a traditional drive enclosure and more closely resembles a stick of RAM, yet is not easily user-replaceable,” Jade reports. “If accurate, AppleInsider believes the component may be a proprietary SSD drive alternative designed by Apple to be integrated in Macs in a similar manner to the way flash memory is embedded in iPods, iPhones and iPads”

“This approach would be less expensive than a standard package intended to fit the shape of conventional HD devices, allowing the company to drive down costs and pass the savings on to the consumer,” Jade reports. “Standardizing the new Air around flash storage could also see the notebook sport incredibly fast boot times and “instant-on” capabilities when waking up from sleep, similar to iPhones and iPads.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “MacVicta” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

70 Comments

  1. If it has a subnotebook price, it should be fine; if they want over $600, forget about it. I have a Dell Mini 10v running 10.6, and its only problem is that the screen isn’t tall enough for some applications. And it cost, with MacOS X, under $350. That’s where Apple needs to compete with this one – $499 will be the sweet spot.

  2. If it has a subnotebook price, it should be fine; if they want over $600, forget about it. I have a Dell Mini 10v running 10.6, and its only problem is that the screen isn’t tall enough for some applications. And it cost, with MacOS X, under $350. That’s where Apple needs to compete with this one – $499 will be the sweet spot.

  3. … while that would be lovely it ain’t hardly likely. We really shouldn’t have been surprised that Apple would essentially merge the tech of the iPad and the MBA to create an OSX (not iOS) computer with most of the sweetness of the iPad and most of the power of the MBA. But, as for the price? I’d expect something closer to the cost of the MBA-HD than the iPad, at least initially.
    But, then, we’ve been surprised before, yeah?

  4. … while that would be lovely it ain’t hardly likely. We really shouldn’t have been surprised that Apple would essentially merge the tech of the iPad and the MBA to create an OSX (not iOS) computer with most of the sweetness of the iPad and most of the power of the MBA. But, as for the price? I’d expect something closer to the cost of the MBA-HD than the iPad, at least initially.
    But, then, we’ve been surprised before, yeah?

  5. … while that would be lovely it ain’t hardly likely. We really shouldn’t have been surprised that Apple would essentially merge the tech of the iPad and the MBA to create an OSX (not iOS) computer with most of the sweetness of the iPad and most of the power of the MBA. But, as for the price? I’d expect something closer to the cost of the MBA-HD than the iPad, at least initially.
    But, then, we’ve been surprised before, yeah?

  6. … while that would be lovely it ain’t hardly likely. We really shouldn’t have been surprised that Apple would essentially merge the tech of the iPad and the MBA to create an OSX (not iOS) computer with most of the sweetness of the iPad and most of the power of the MBA. But, as for the price? I’d expect something closer to the cost of the MBA-HD than the iPad, at least initially.
    But, then, we’ve been surprised before, yeah?

  7. … while that would be lovely it ain’t hardly likely. We really shouldn’t have been surprised that Apple would essentially merge the tech of the iPad and the MBA to create an OSX (not iOS) computer with most of the sweetness of the iPad and most of the power of the MBA. But, as for the price? I’d expect something closer to the cost of the MBA-HD than the iPad, at least initially.
    But, then, we’ve been surprised before, yeah?

  8. … while that would be lovely it ain’t hardly likely. We really shouldn’t have been surprised that Apple would essentially merge the tech of the iPad and the MBA to create an OSX (not iOS) computer with most of the sweetness of the iPad and most of the power of the MBA. But, as for the price? I’d expect something closer to the cost of the MBA-HD than the iPad, at least initially.
    But, then, we’ve been surprised before, yeah?

  9. … while that would be lovely it ain’t hardly likely. We really shouldn’t have been surprised that Apple would essentially merge the tech of the iPad and the MBA to create an OSX (not iOS) computer with most of the sweetness of the iPad and most of the power of the MBA. But, as for the price? I’d expect something closer to the cost of the MBA-HD than the iPad, at least initially.
    But, then, we’ve been surprised before, yeah?

  10. … while that would be lovely it ain’t hardly likely. We really shouldn’t have been surprised that Apple would essentially merge the tech of the iPad and the MBA to create an OSX (not iOS) computer with most of the sweetness of the iPad and most of the power of the MBA. But, as for the price? I’d expect something closer to the cost of the MBA-HD than the iPad, at least initially.
    But, then, we’ve been surprised before, yeah?

  11. @ hackintosher–

    Not going to happen. You’re simply not in the demographic they’re aiming at with this.

    Most people don’t want to hack their computers to make them work.

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