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mr.stinki
Feb 24, 2008, 01:03 PM
Look at this picture, what stands out the most?

It seems to me that apple is over plastic, and is going to make a transition for the current macbooks into an aluminum design.

Your thoughts?



squeeks
Feb 24, 2008, 01:04 PM
did you just now realize this?

Killyp
Feb 24, 2008, 01:04 PM
Doubt it. The MacBook is still a relatively new design for Apple...

janitorC7
Feb 24, 2008, 01:05 PM
I think that the air will get some more features soon, see a price drop and replace the macbook.....
I would say at macworld 09

squeeks
Feb 24, 2008, 01:05 PM
Doubt it. The MacBook is still a relatively new design for Apple...

what? it looks just like a G3 ibook...

mr.stinki
Feb 24, 2008, 01:05 PM
did you just now realize this?


No, I just felt like posting it.

Hankster
Feb 24, 2008, 01:06 PM
I'd rather have a plastic MacBook than an aluminum one. Plastic feels better, is more durable, and doesn't wear as easily. But, that's just my two cents.

Eraserhead
Feb 24, 2008, 01:10 PM
Still, I think Apple will make it aluminium.

squeeks
Feb 24, 2008, 01:10 PM
No, I just felt like posting it.

k, i do agree with you though, the macbook looks like a slightly updated ibook g3/g4

I think that the air will get some more features soon, see a price drop and replace the macbook.....
I would say at macworld 09
possible, but apple will never remove the cddrive/dvd from their base model (and best selling) laptop not to mention expansion ports

Killyp
Feb 24, 2008, 01:12 PM
what? it looks just like a G3 ibook...

Not really, there are differences.

I see the similarities, but there's only so much you can do with a Notebook before it becomes say... a toilet seat...

squeeks
Feb 24, 2008, 01:14 PM
Not really, there are differences. ok it has a magnetic latch...and widescreen

I see the similarities, but there's only so much you can do with a Notebook before it becomes say... a toilet seat...

you mean like the clamshell ibooks :D

cudo
Feb 24, 2008, 01:28 PM
reading ur posts make me wait for the upgrade but my heart tells me to get one tomorrow..so i dont know what to do...wait or go for it..

Killyp
Feb 24, 2008, 01:30 PM
you mean like the clamshell ibooks :D

:cool: You got it.

Seriously though, I do think the MacBooks are visually a big step ahead of the iBooks. The proportions are all much better...

DCSMAC
Feb 24, 2008, 01:41 PM
will montevina's X4500 be a big step forward in terms of graphics capabilities or not really?

b9sinner
Feb 24, 2008, 02:08 PM
well as my first post , I must say that i would like them to change to gunmetall or grey like this pic ive made.

:cool:

McBeats
Feb 24, 2008, 02:15 PM
ya i see them updating the design of the MBP before they do the macbooks, macbook design is still relativly new

PDE
Feb 24, 2008, 02:27 PM
I like the design of the macbooks, but the plastic they use is ****. I've never seen plastic that scratches as easily as the white macbooks - just by breathing on it you'll get scratches. My girlfriend's macbook is never taken out of the house and sits mainly on a desk and it has scratches all over, most tiny micro scratches but still....

I don't think the average PC laptop - even the cheapest - gets scratches this easy. it's time for a new material! Something that is suitable for a laptop! Duh. The design is nice (except the ridiculously sharp edges), but the materials need some change. Just my opinion.

bananas
Feb 24, 2008, 02:37 PM
I'd buy an aluminium MacBook right away, if there was one.
I really thought there would be one before last christmas, but seems like I was wrong :)

There's probably going to be a MBP update first. But if we get lucky Apple will update MBP and MB simultaneously .

I'm most likely going to buy another MacBook soon anyway, but it would be fun if it was updated first.

squeeks
Feb 24, 2008, 02:40 PM
There's probably going to be a MBP update first. But if we get lucky Apple will update MBP and MB simultaneusly .



not a chance, they will steal sales from each other

murc585
Feb 24, 2008, 02:41 PM
i doubt they will change the macbook design for a little while. They have the new keyboard in it, it had a major thickness difference from the ibook, the size for one is different as well. If anything, the Macbook Pro will get a redesign, it looks the same as powerbooks did 5 years ago.

Ryuukumori
Feb 24, 2008, 02:43 PM
Look at this picture, what stands out the most?

It seems to me that apple is over plastic, and is going to make a transition for the current macbooks into an aluminum design.

Your thoughts?

Haha! Notice that the MBA is in the very center of all the rest? Talk about fame!

fluidedge
Feb 24, 2008, 02:48 PM
aluminum one day for sure, but the design team are quite small and they can only really do one major product at a time - i'd say there are other things at the front of the queue like the cinema displays, MBP and even the MP would probably be in line for a bit of a refresh (though i love the design and i'm keeping my MP case forever - when it's dead i'm building a PC out of the case!), not to mention any new products that apple are working on.

We might even see the iPhone2 with a slightly different form factor

Spritey
Feb 24, 2008, 02:53 PM
I'd rather have a plastic MacBook than an aluminum one. Plastic feels better, is more durable, and doesn't wear as easily. But, that's just my two cents.

More durable and less environmental friendly. At least aluminium cases can be recycled, so that's more inline with Apple's kind-of trying to be environmental friendly

Then again, don't see how aluminium is LESS durable than plastic...? Since when did plastic trump metal?

icec0ld
Feb 24, 2008, 02:56 PM
the plastic is "more" durable in the sense that it doesn't dent. i wouldn't call that more durable but thats what people mean generally when they say that.

ZiggyPastorius
Feb 24, 2008, 02:56 PM
aluminum one day for sure

It's settled, then...I'm keeping my Macbook when I get a Macbook Pro...*prefers the Macbook design*

anti-microsoft
Feb 24, 2008, 02:59 PM
Look at this picture, what stands out the most?Your thoughts?

What stands out the most is definitely the MacBook Air! It is Fncking well out proportion! it looks about the size of a 17" MacBook Pro!:eek::eek:

j26
Feb 24, 2008, 03:03 PM
I like the design of the macbooks, but the plastic they use is ****. I've never seen plastic that scratches as easily as the white macbooks - just by breathing on it you'll get scratches. My girlfriend's macbook is never taken out of the house and sits mainly on a desk and it has scratches all over, most tiny micro scratches but still....

I don't think the average PC laptop - even the cheapest - gets scratches this easy. it's time for a new material! Something that is suitable for a laptop! Duh. The design is nice (except the ridiculously sharp edges), but the materials need some change. Just my opinion.

Odd - my Macbook has done some serious travelling over the last eighteen months by train and motorcycle and the outer casing, while not pristine, is in very good nick with surprisingly few scratches.

Eraserhead
Feb 24, 2008, 03:14 PM
the plastic is "more" durable in the sense that it doesn't dent. i wouldn't call that more durable but thats what people mean generally when they say that.

In general plastic also flexes less. It also allows strong wifi signals through it.

n00basaur
Feb 24, 2008, 03:19 PM
Really, aluminum?

Guess I'll have to be right next to my router just to get a few bars.

duykur
Feb 24, 2008, 04:10 PM
ha mac mini looks so small in the picture

PDE
Feb 24, 2008, 04:59 PM
the plastic is "more" durable in the sense that it doesn't dent. i wouldn't call that more durable but thats what people mean generally when they say that.

It doesn't dent, but it spontaneously cracks : ) Every time I've been at the genius bar, somebody has come in with macbook with a cracked palmrest....talk about design flaw that anybody could have foreseen, even somebody like me.

Csmitte
Feb 24, 2008, 05:55 PM
Look at this picture, what stands out the most?

It seems to me that apple is over plastic, and is going to make a transition for the current macbooks into an aluminum design.

Your thoughts?

great family shot, they are probably due but i like the plastic its pretty durable.

Abstract
Feb 24, 2008, 06:09 PM
It doesn't dent, but it spontaneously cracks : ) Every time I've been at the genius bar, somebody has come in with macbook with a cracked palmrest....talk about design flaw that anybody could have foreseen, even somebody like me.

That's a bit of an exaggeration, no?

If plastic was truly that poor a choice, then 95% of laptops would be cracking all the time!

Plastic is good. It doesn't look as good, but I don't have to be as careful with it. I owned a 12" PowerBook, and I didn't treat it as poorly as my MacBook.

Shackler
Feb 24, 2008, 06:46 PM
not a chance, they will steal sales from each other

what the hell?
stealing sales from each other still means Apple ends up with the profit, last time i checked that was a good thing.