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Digitimes reports that Apple is preparing two updates for the second half of 2010. The first is said to be an 11.6-inch MacBook Air featuring a Intel Core i-series ultra-low voltage processor. An 11.6-inch display would be notably smaller than the current 13.3-inch screen found in the current MacBook Air.
Kuo, citing discussions with upstream component makers, noted that the 11.6-inch MacBook Air will feature an even slimmer and lighter design than the previous-generation models and the technologies used for the design and concept are expected to be broadly used in the company's other product lines to boost their competitiveness.
Meanwhile, Digitimes adds some details to the new iPod Touch that is expected this fall.
The new iPod touch will feature a 3-megapixel camera, capable of both photo and video recording, and will adopt Apple's latest A4 processor, which is also used in the iPhone 4.
The new iPod Touch was expected to share the A4 processor found in the iPhone 4 and iPad, but the exact camera specs have been up for debate.

Article Link: Apple Prepping 11.6'' MacBook Air and New iPod Touch with 3MP Camera
 

kernkraft

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Jun 25, 2009
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There is your expensive Apple netbook! (Of course it will be more expensive than $500. I expect it to start at $1299)
 
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burningbright

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would be a good idea about the MBA- at the moment it isn't *that* much more portable than the 13" MBP. Just hope the graphics would be half-decent...
 
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rhb

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I would pick up that 11.6 and get rid of my ipad if that were true.

Yeah, see? I think this is smart on Apple's part -- quite likely testing the break point between traditional laptops (however small) running full-on OS, and alternate devices running the iOS, touchy, app-dependent architecture. How small is too small, how powerful is powerful enough, etc.

Once they figure this out (and the MBA is a great guinea pig, because it's not a huge sales driver), they can confidently introduce iOS devices below that break point, and more fully-fledged OSX devices above it.

Unless of course the plan is to migrate everything to iOS eventually, in which case nevermind.:eek:
 
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Oflife

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Which begs the question...

...when does a 'pod' become a 'pad'? (or vice versa!)
 
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khunsanook

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"We don't know how to build a $500 laptop that is not a piece of junk"

Well, welcome to the netbook market, Apple! (hope it's $500 or less)

Judging my the current MBA, the price of a smaller sibling will at least be as expensive as a MacBook.
 
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TheManOfSilver

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Oct 26, 2004
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OK, here's an out-there suggestion. Maybe it's not a new MacBook Air ... maybe it's a larger format, but thinner and lighter iPad? An iPad Pro?

Like I said, out-there, but just because you've got components for an 11.6" screen doesn't mean it's automatically going to be an Air.
 
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rhb

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Judging my the current MBA, the price of a smaller sibling will at least be as expensive as a MacBook.

Probably, but does it need to be?

Has anyone done an iFixit-style breakdown of the MBA vs the MBP, and tallied the component costs? Is the MBA really so much pricier to produce, or is it just a margin hog for Apple because it's sexxay?
 
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JamonBull

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I really love how the MacBook Air is like Apple's test machine for major external hardware revisions in their notebooks. It's like what the Prelude was for Honda cars. Huge fan of the air range and can definitely say my current high end SSD Air is the best Apple notebook computer I've ever had. Can't wait to see what they do with the future of the MacBook Air, though I must say i don't think I could ever go smaller than 13" on the screen. Glass trackpad is welcome, as is more ram and a faster processor. Aside from those additions, she's still the slickest notebook out.
 
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peapody

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Yeah, see? I think this is smart on Apple's part -- quite likely testing the break point between traditional laptops (however small) running full-on OS, and alternate devices running the iOS, touchy, app-dependent architecture. How small is too small, how powerful is powerful enough, etc.

Once they figure this out (and the MBA is a great guinea pig, because it's not a huge sales driver), they can confidently introduce iOS devices below that break point, and more fully-fledged OSX devices above it.

Unless of course the plan is to migrate everything to iOS eventually, in which case nevermind.:eek:

I would not pick up this "netbook" if it ran the iOS4 or anything like that. Actually I take that back about my iPad, because I use it as a reader 80% of the time. That would be a backward step for me.
 
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mabaker

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It's the true Powerbook 12 successor as far as the processor and size is concerned.
 
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peapody

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It better have a matte, anti-glare screen. See how many people are crying out for it at this petition website http://macmatte.wordpress.com

Highly doubt that since for some reason people are getting glossy more and more these days. When the macbook first came out with just the glossy, everyone was outraged...but over time I noticed people have been actually preferring the glossy on this forum.

Are those stock images of the actual product? or is that just an macbook air?
 
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iZac

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Apr 28, 2003
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Give us just half an inch more and we'll have the return of the glorious 12" powerbook! But knowing Apple's magical way of crushing our dreams recently, perhaps it will transform itself into an iOS based device!

on a separate note, what is the standard written form for decimalisation of non base-ten figures like this.

is 11.6 inches actually 11 1/2 inches or 11 3/5 inches ?
 
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macduke

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Jun 27, 2007
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11.6"? That sounds interesting. So they made a tablet before a netbook, eh? Bet it will cost at least twice the tablet price. Unless they've done something to drastically reduce the price, expect this to remain niche. A few more ports would be nice too.
 
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