12 inch macbook pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nyc232, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. nyc232 macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2008
    What are the chances of this laptop ever being released?

    I thought all hope was gone when the macbook air was revealed, but with speculation of new macbooks/pros being released later this year, really leaves me wondering if apple will revive their best portable (in my opinion). I spoke to an apple genius at the fifth ave store, and he said from his knowledge with intel chips; fitting it into a 12 inch form factor, just would not be possible, heat issues. (any truth to that?)

    The macbook just doesn't do it for me, and the air isn't powerful enough. Im sure apple knows how popular this computer is, and from the raging ebay prices, you can tell there is a BIG demand for this form factor.

    Any thoughts/suggestions, are greatly appreciated.

    By the way there is actually a site dedicated to this cause, http://www.mbp12.com
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    The MacBook Air killed all hopes of that ever being released. Please search.
  3. thechidz macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2007
    New York City
    many people here would love it. but the chances are slim to none unfortunately, now a 13.3 incher...hmmmm
  4. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Funny, I just picked up a pristine condition 1.5 12" powerbook this morning.
  5. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    The problem with 12" is it works best in 4:3 ratios. 13.3" works better for widescreen ratios. This is why I imagine the MacBook Air is 13.3" and not 12". I can't see Apple putting another 4:3 aspect ratio screen on their notebooks.

    Can I asked what you liked about the 12" PowerBook?

    Was it the small form factor and metal case? If so, will you be interested in the (strongly rumoured) forthcoming transition of the MacBook line over to metal casing?

    I imagine this will be the true replacement for the 12" PowerBook, only at consumer pricing! It sounds good to me anyway.

    The bit from the Genius is pure nonsense.
    Lenovo X200 — 12"
    Sony TZ — 11"

    Both have intel chips inside.
  6. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    lol i'd be very skeptical of any "advice" given by geniuses. Take them with a grain of salt.
  7. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    Too true, alas.

    Very interesting and plausible explanation for the lack of a model that I know to have been hugely popular with Apple buyers and users. I like the debunking of the "Genius's" silly reasoning, too. Cheers
  8. im_noahselby macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2003
    Dell has their widescreen 12" Latitude E4200. I believe it is 1280x800.

    I couldn't see Apple going back to the 4:3 aspect ratio either, which is why they would use a widescreen 12" display if they came out with a new 12" PowerBook.
  9. noodle654 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2005
    Never Ender
    I would love a 12" MBP...heck I would love a 12" PB! But, it wont happen :(
  10. kabunaru Guest

    Jan 28, 2008
    I will say the chances are slim since the MacBook Air.
  11. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
  12. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    very creative!

    It just won't happen now that there is an ultra thin 13.3". Sorry.

    Also, many Mac geniuses don't know what they're talking about (not necessarily saying that I do, but not all geniuses are actually "geniuses").
  13. PBGPowerbook macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2004
    12 inch PB is the best Mac ever. I use mine daily (after a hard drive swap) alongside a brand new MBP and G5 iMac.
  14. kabunaru Guest

    Jan 28, 2008
    I really want to see an Intel Mac in an 12" PowerBook G4 form.
  15. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    I second that. I use a black MacBook and every now and then I see just how much smaller a 12" PowerBook is. Sure it's a bit thicker but the thickness never bothered me at all, it's about the footprint.

    Mind you, considering how damned hot the 12" PB got I shudder to think of what would happen to a 12" MacBook Pro...
  16. kabunaru Guest

    Jan 28, 2008
    Basically, Apple should have never re-designed the PowerPC laptops when they moved to Intel.
    The 12" and 14" iBook G4s as well as 12" PowerBook G4s would be fine today with Intel processors.
  17. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    That screen size is not common. It would be prohibitively expensive, especially as you can make nearly as small a computer with a 13.3" panel.

    The MacBook is smaller than the PB G4 in 2 dimensions (depth and height). Apple do need to work on shaving some weight off the MacBook though. Preferably without sacrificing the solid build.

    Interesting comments, but (there's always a but!) don't you think the company would look our of touch trying to sell all these computers without widescreen displays? Wouldn't many customers would demand it now as even cheap PC laptops have widescreen?

    Considering the MacBook and MacBook Air have outsold their predecessors, iBook G4 and 12" PB G4 respectively by no small margin, I don't think any of us are in a position to be telling Apple what they should be doing with their cases.

    I appreciate Apple is now selling a lot more computers now as well, so it is not a completely fair comparison, however those are the facts as things stand and this would certainly suggest it was not a huge mis-step by Cupertino to go with these form factors.

    I imagine if the MacBook Air was discontinued it would have a website dedicated to it as well.
  18. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    where did you buy your 12" PB from?
  19. monkey86 macrumors 6502


    Aug 5, 2008

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