Are different looking computers coming with Lion?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by cootersgarage6, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. cootersgarage6, Dec 7, 2010
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 25, 2011

    Nov 6, 2010
    Are the computers going to look different when Lion comes out? Should I just wait for Lion to come out to upgrade my '06 black book?
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Why would they? There's no indication that the look of the Macs will change just for Lion. All currently selling Macs will most certainly run Lion anyway.
  3. asdf542 macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2010
    The only thing that would likely physically change from the OS will be the function keys for Expose/Dashboard which are now part of the centralized Mission Control.
  4. Stvwndr219 macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2009
    There's rumored to be a change before lion... just something to watch out for
  5. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    In case you hadn't noticed it before, the MacRumors Buyer's Guide may be of interest to you.

    Personally, I think it's unlikely that the MacBooks can go until the release of Lion without an update, but there could be one soon and then another update/redesign with Lion.
  6. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Most likely not. Apple just spent a year and a half switching over to this new unibody-type design for its computers, so it's not likely that they will change them, especially not just for a new version of the OS
  7. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    I'm pretty sure the current hardware designs are staying around. But I would be surprised if macbooks didn't get updated before lion.
  8. InfinitySquared macrumors member

    Dec 4, 2010
    While I find it highly unlikely that Apple is going to redesign their laptops this soon, if they were to do it, they still would obviously not be ditching the unibody structure.

    I'm thinking it would come in the form of different materials: a darker metal, etc. or in the form of a slightly different shape. Perhaps more squared off, in keeping with the more professional image they're promoting for the iphone.

    But no matter what, there's obviously going to be an update in the near future.
  9. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    i just think as the new app store coming with lion and ilife 11 just makes a touchscreen iMac a necessity, as most of the new features coming from iOS over to OSX just need a touchscreen to make sense
  10. InfinitySquared macrumors member

    Dec 4, 2010
    Steve has voiced his issues with that concept. The only way I could see this appearing is if APple began marketing a laptop in which the keyboard had been replaced with a second, touch-sensitive, screen.
  11. chaoticbear macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2007
    God, if they had a way to create some realistic tactile response, that'd be amazing. Unfortunately, with how much those guys charge for Modbooks, I can't imagine the price on these.
  12. MattInOz macrumors 68030


    Jan 19, 2006

    Well Maybe not lion on it's own, but maybe if Lion has better data syncing between devices. Teamed with with Lightpeak for a fat pipe connection between devices. Then a long running concept, I've various versions over the last twenty years, of the modular computer might come and replace the MacMini/Pro/Server Family.

    I understand Cray now produces clusters using a similar idea, an ARM systems processor teamed with Application processor.

    Apple could do something similar maybe starting with the server line. After all most of what people want servers for processes that are adapt well to clustered processors. Then let it flow down the product range as the Interface Devices (iOS) flow up.
  13. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Steve said a touchscreen Mac in current designs will not work. Apple has patented a design that is like a hybrid lamp iMac and current iMac with the foot. It's got a hinged base that allows the computer to be vertical and move down to an angel of about 30 degrees.


    People love the iDevices because they just feel so natural. There will be a touchscreen iMac. It's just a matter of time.
  14. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Apple patents lots of things, that never see the light of day. While I don't believe Jobs when he says stuff, like the iPhone not needing multitasking, or OSX needing an app store.

    I think he's right, ergonomically speaking a touch screen iMac is a horrible idea. You're arms will get tired, or your neck will be using the display in an unnatural position.
  15. mikelegacy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Who knows if it will be at the same time, but as the rumors say, the MacBook line is in need of some design upgrades. It's been nearly two years now. I love the unibodies, but I have an '08 model and Im hoping for some cool new looks Q1 of 2011.
  16. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    A touchscreen makes a neat addition to a laptop, doesnt increase productivity, but it's neat.

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