An Apple Ultraportable

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Topper, Sep 13, 2007.

  1. Topper macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2007
    Can Apple make an ultra thin ultraportable with the materials that are available right now?
    Wouldn't the motherboard be too big and the processors too hot?
    Isn't it more likely that Apple will wait until Montevina/Penyrn come out to make the motherboard smaller and the processor cooler?
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Other people make them there for Apple could too if they wanted to.
  3. colto macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2007
    It's possibly with current motherboards and processors but Penryn would make it a little cooler thus allowing for more power. So in a way it could make ultra portable laptops more appealing to manufacture. Montevina doesn't really add anything in terms of cooling though. It is mainly about the SSE4 instruction set being added, the performance gains, and the WiMax support.
  4. Sesshi macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2006
    One Nation Under Gordon
    Sony has the skillz. Apple does not (yet).

    Remember Apple's last crack at it weighed as much as a regular laptop.
  5. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    Sure Apple could make an ultraportable. If any other company can do it (sony, dell xps 1330) then Apple could definitely do it.

    The thing you have to remember is a true ultraportable laptop doesn't use the same components as the MBPs.

    If you look that that, you'll see Intel makes special ULV cpus for ultraportables. They generate less heat and use less power than the regular Merom chips.

    If apple were to make a true ultraportable, they'd probably use the LV L7500 which runs at 1.6GHz.
  6. colto macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2007
    Agreed. There is no reason Apple couldn't make an ultra portable. The question is how good would it be? I doubt Apple is going to make an ultra portable unless they can make it perform almost as well as a 15" MBP. Apple considers the MBP to be it's premium laptop and as such will only make them out of performance parts. A 1.6 GHz processor just doesn't cut it and they can't use a much bigger processor due to the heat issues. Apple tries to keep stuff cool. They even underclock parts in the MBP to achieve this cooling. Maybe with the Penryns we will see a smaller MBP....maybe. We will have to see how they perform.

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