chances of an Ultra Portable Mac

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  1. timmillwood macrumors 6502a

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    I would love to see a 10" Macbook Pro, with as much power as my current 17" macbook pro.
     
  2. aphyd macrumors newbie

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    I hope they bring it soon. Not that i don't love my 12" PB, but I would like to have something of a similar form factor to move forward.

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  3. psychofreak Retired

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    And I would love an iPod with the power of an 8-core Mac Pro :)
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    You're not the only one who wants one... but be realistic. If there's a 10"-12" notebook, there're going to be compromises.

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  5. anothermacaddic macrumors member

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    Newton anyone? I think billys wasted enough money on that baby.
     
  6. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    the idea of an ultraportable is that it is, ultra portable (surprisingly enough). To be ultraportable, it has to have a small screen to minimize size, has to be light, and has to have a long battery life. Long battery life means using components like LED displays, flash memory, and ultra-low voltage CPUs. ULV chips don't go much higher than 1.5GHz, and are usually single core (correct me if i'm wrong here). To get the battery life you want, you're going to have to make some sacrifices in terms of performance.

    If it's a 13.3" MBP you're talking about, sure, they can handle 2.4GHz CPUs, 256MB GPUs, 4GB RAM and a Superdrive, but the battery life in those machines is pretty poor.
     
  7. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    I want to buy a portable Mac Pro. Basically it will be a 3 x 3 x 3" cube that is big enough to have a power socket in one one side, a dual DVI connectors on the opposite side, and an array of USB and FW connectors on the remaining sides. Oh, do not forget the the ethernet ports too, cannot work without those.
     
  8. zioxide macrumors 603

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    i'd say the chances of an ultraportable mac at wwdc is about 10%.. it's probably not going to happen.
     
  9. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    For the love of God if Apple were to really make a ultraportable, do it right and use one of those clocked down ULV chips.

    What is the point of having a ultraportable laptop running at 2.4ghz that runs out of juice in 10 minutes? Do not forget for a smaller laptop you always have smaller batteries.
     
  10. Jblack4083 macrumors regular

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    I personally don't think they would come out with a UMMac yet because UM computers in general are not household items yet. There isn't a great demand for them although it's growing. I think before they come out with a UMMac that they would release a 13" MBP first or a 12" MBP.
     
  11. ajhaji macrumors regular

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    My credit card is sitting on my table, ready to go. Within 24 hours I will have purchased either the high-end 15.4" MBP *or* something else that Apple reveals tomorrow afternoon. In all likelihood it'll be the 15.4" MBP, but I'm going to wait and see just what Steve has up his sleeve.
     
  12. Atomic-Ed macrumors regular

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    LOL!!!
     
  13. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    What's an UMMac? :confused: Is that something like the OQO form factor?
     
  14. Klisk macrumors member

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    I'm hoping for a 13.3" MBP. IMO the size of the normal Macbooks are perfect, they just need better video capabilities.

    But has anyone thought about the possibility that Apple will release a "high-end" macbook instead of a "low-end" MBP 'ultraportable'? It could fill the gap between the $1500 price point and the $2000 dollar price point.

    I know, I know, Apple has to keep a "distance" between the two lines in order to make the larger one more appealing. But does it really matter if you're getting sales? Furthermore, isn't having a 15 or 17 inch screen more appealing, i.e. 'pro'?

    Eh. It's more likely we'll get the iBrush. Brush your teeth with the power of Apple.
     
  15. Jblack4083 macrumors regular

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    Instead of UM-PC, UM-Mac. Ultra Mobile Mac. Not specifically like the OQO but anything small and portable.
     
  16. BWhaler macrumors 68020

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    I used to want one, but now I wonder if the iPhone will meet my ultra portable needs.

    Time will tell...
     
  17. AppleIntelRock macrumors 65816

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    oh......
    I'd also like to hold every song ever created in my iphone...
    Honestly, threads like this don't make sense. We really don't KNOW if one will be created. Either become Steve Jobs' long lost brother/sister... or forget it.
     
  18. zap2 macrumors 604

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    Well that possible..if Apple doesn't launch an Ultra Portable for a while.

    Of course I'm guessing you want it tomorrow?
     
  19. TimJim macrumors 6502a

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    i dont think its gonna happen. the macbook is portable enough for them.
     
  20. AppleIntelRock macrumors 65816

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    them being who? you're not talking about apple i hope? nothing is EVER good enough for steve..
     
  21. kcross macrumors member

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    and what price point would you launch this at? theyd have a hard time finding a spot for it without eating otherwise brisk sales elsewhere.


    if its priced near the apple tv itll be as useful as an apple tv.

    if its between an iphone and macbook it will kill iphone sales.

    if its between macbook and mackbook pro they hurt sales there.

    if its between the macbook pro and mac pro it will be way too expensive.

    if its priced above the mac pro... get a surface... and stevej lost it...


    plus apple isnt the one that believes in tablets, they push notebooks+small form factor device. billg is the one that loves tablets, i think it came up at all things D. they asked what they thought was the form of the future and billg said he thinks its an epaper (the future of tablets hopefully), stevej kinda rolls his eyes.
     
  22. yadmonkey macrumors 65816

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    It seems to me that when some people say "ultra portable", they really mean "12 or 13.3 inch macbook pro", which is what I want. My idea of an ultraportable is something of a mix between a palm pilot and a latop - 10 inches or smaller, no hard drive, maybe even a scaled down OS.
     
  23. island macrumors 6502

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    What is needed is the exact same computer as the 15" MBP in the MB size. That would be good enough until next year when they drop the 11" MBP :)
     
  24. Catonow macrumors regular

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    Exactly! Slap those long-rumored 13" LED screens onto a MBP, with similar stats to the lower-end 15", and I'll pay the same price as the lower-end 15". Other computer companies charge a premium for smaller size. Those who argue there is no available price point are missing the point. Size matters.
     
  25. timmillwood thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well im sure apple could make somthing like
    Fujitsu Lifebook P7230 OR
    Sony Vaio TX5

    but with a quicker processor and more hard disc space. I don't mind if it has to be thicker than 1" or have a little less battery life.
     

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