Apple Sub-Notebook Nearing Release?

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Feb 15, 2007.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Appleinsider provides additional confirmation that Apple is indeed working on a sub-notebook version of their MacBook line.

    The rumor site draws parallels to Apple's PowerBook Duo, Apple's first sub-notebook released in 1992. The Duo-line of PowerBooks offered a unique 152-pin port in the back that allowed it to connect to various Docks that provided additional functionality, such as external drives, video capabilities, and ethernet that were left off the notebook itself to maximize portability.

    Appleinsider reports that the new mini MacBook will be "lighter and more compact than any other Mac portable Apple has put forth in recent years" and is on track for release near WWDC in mid 2007. Other features listed in the MacBook include the use of NAND flash ram to speed up boot times, as well as the exclusion of an optical drive to save on space.

    The first rumors of a sub-compact ("Ultra-thin") notebook coming from Apple came in December 2006 from MacScoop. At that time, however, the rumors pointed to a MacBook Pro model that would see miniaturization with a 12" Widescreen display. It isn't clear if these two reports are related , and this new report may represent a distinct project.

    A patent application from January provided additional evidence that Apple had been actively working on methods to miniaturize their notebooks, with research into alternative locations for the optical drive in a laptop computer. Making smaller laptops was listed as the motivation for pursuing these alternative designs.
  2. macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    My wallet is ready. :)

    I predict this sub-notebook will have a touch control screen instead of a traditional keyboard.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
    I'm ready to buy. Just don't put that optical drive in the bottom. :)
  4. macrumors 6502


    Feb 22, 2005
    Philadelphia & Northern California
  5. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Some of you may not have been around... but back in the day people really loved their Duos. Almost as much as people loved their Newtons. :)

  6. macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2006
    I want a sub notebook but I would be surprised if it lacked a keyboard. I would sell my MacBook and prepare for Rev B of this new machine (not buying rev A again - although I have no problems with my Rev A MacBook I just don't like Rev A anymore).

    Lacking a keyboard? hmmm....

    I like the idea of something really small I can take around with me.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Jan 16, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    Oh yes, we did. Though looking back, they were a bit ridiculous, much like our clothing (blasphemy! I know).
  8. macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    i can see an apple ultra portable, but a docking one? i'm not so sure about that. but boy, i remember wanting a duo back in the day.
  9. macrumors 601


    Jan 13, 2002
    I have a Powerbook Duo still......... it was great 10 years ago.
    Looking forward to the "Thin" incarnation to surface soon.

    Now you're talking, Spicy Apple .........
  10. macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
    I can see this thing being more expensive than a normal MacBook - touch screen and flashram HDD.
  11. macrumors 68000

    After G

    Aug 27, 2003
  12. macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2006
    This rumour really excites me. The iPhone - great, but I already have a phone. I am not really after a super duper phone (although I will probably buy one). I am after something really cool regarding portable laptops from Apple.

    I always wanted a 12" Powerbook. Now I can afford one - it's not fast enough any more and is being phased out (software wise, over the next few years). I would happily sell my MacBook (UK seller, amazing condition, 2 years applecare ;)) and cannot wait for a professional looking small notebook that I can take with me around the world, surf the net and email from, give presentations with and actually do work on.

    The MacBook is fine, but I want something pro for a change. I hope whatever's coming is metal I don't care about optical drives or not. A firewire add on is fine if u need one.
  13. macrumors 68000


    Jan 20, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
    I'm just glad to hear rumors that Apple is working on Mac products :cool:
  14. macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2003
    Stavanger, Norway
    YES! YES! YES!

    This is what I've been waiting for!! :;:;:;) :D

    Finally I can replace my Big Clunky PBG5!!

    (but seriously, I'm really excited by this product..)
  15. macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2006
    New York City
    no optical drive would be ridiculous! no way apple would take such a huge step backwards.
  16. 4np
    macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    The Netherlands
    That definately sounds like Santa Rosa's Robson Caching...
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2004
    I am too. But it seems like we keep hearing the same rumors over and over and over and over and over and over. Wish I had a dollar for every time I read about a 12" MacBook coming out. I might actually have enough money to buy when it does.:p
  18. macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2005
    I think anything smaller than 12 inches is almost unusable as a fully-featured computer. I think a 13 inch widescreen is the sweet spot in size. I'd really love to see a 13" MacBook Pro because I'd like more power than the MacBook, but in a smaller and more affordable package than the 15" MacBookPro.

    If this is true, then mark my words: it'll be called the MacBook mini.
  19. macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2004
    Palo Alto, CA
    Actually it's a step forward. An ultra portable is meant to be used on the go and should be smaller and provide better battery life. I would say that on average I use my super drive 99% of the time to burn CDs/DVDs. I rarely rip my music (as I already did that years ago and new stuff I download from iTS) so dropping the DVD drive wouldn't be a huge loss.

    They will promote it as 'take it anywhere' and promote iTunes Store to download digital media (such as movies and tv shows for your viewing on long trips).

    The fact is, physical media as a way of distributing content is on its way out. In 10 years we'll look back at having DVD drives on everything and think 'how quaint'.
  20. macrumors 65816


    Dec 11, 2002
    Location: Location:

    Aren't we all...

    I hope it has a real type-on-the-plastic-buttons keyboard, the latest 'touch-screen' technology as demo'd on the iPhone and a new incarnation of Inkwell. I can see a need for all three on a small form factor laptop.

    I know there are a lot of people out there who do not like the whole 'tablet' concept, but if anyone can do it with style and true functionality, Apple can. A reversable screen folding back on the keyboard to allow full use of the screen in tablet mode for touch and Inkwell would be cool.

    And who is to say that the patent discussed here is purely for the iPhone - could easily be incorporated into a smallform factor laptop...

    Bring it on...
  21. macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2004
    Palo Alto, CA
    Indeed. There are already going to be 100gb microdrives out this year. Combine that with the Robson caching and the removal of the dvd drive and you have a LOT of free space left. Throw in a nice intel processor and a screen and you can get battery life around 8 hours or more.
  22. macrumors 68020

    Oct 7, 2003
    what a year. maybe appleinsider can write an article about how everyone on macrumors will be broke by the end of 2007.

    i know i will be.
  23. macrumors 65816

    Clive At Five

    May 26, 2004
    St. Paul, MN
    It's unlikely for AI to post a report without Shaw Wu's confirmation. They must be really certain about this one ;)

    I'd say multi-touch has a *chance* at this one, but if it comes with a keyboard and trackpad, navigation technology will be redundant. So, the question is, will Apple ditch the keyboard and mouse (and if so, what will they do with all the blank space), or will they give the user that redundant technology (with an inflated price tag).

    OR option 3 is that they don't offer multi-touch at all, which probably has the most credence. I'd say, let it run our iPods and iPhones for a year first, then move it into bigger platforms.

  24. macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2006
    I really do not want a tablet to be released. What do you people use tablets for?

    I think 12" widescreen or something more 12" PB size would be so awesome.
  25. macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2005

    Maybe it'll just be the top half (the screen part) with no laptop hinge or table swivel. Maybe it'll be all mutli-touch. I remember some patents with a device looking like this not too long ago.

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