Could the Macbook Air be the new low end laptop?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by iZoom P5, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. iZoom P5 macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2005
    Jacksonville, FL
    With speculation that Apple could be putting out an $800 laptop in the near future, we all need to step back and look at the big picture.

    In the majority of the discussions, the MBA is the least referred to product when talking about MacBook. Most likely it is being ignored because the pictures are of a Macbook (It has an optical drive!). One of the MBAs biggest critics is the perfomance you get at the price you pay. Since the Macbook is about to go aluminum and has better specs, why not let it be the midrange product?

    It would be a perfect compromise to wanting a bit more size/power than an MBA, while having near MBP specs (which the current Macbook does now, save for graphics card.

    Once could easily feel that this new 13" Macbook be worth the $1300 Apple would sell it for. It would have near feature parity with the MBP; backlit keyboard, dedicated graphics, maybe even FW800.

    Hopefully, just like the iPhone, Apple charged a high price for a new product for R/D and to see the initial market reaction. Then come out with an improved product that could be sold at a more mass market acceptable price to ignite sales.
  2. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    Because it costs a hell of a lot more than the Macbook to manufacture.

    Once you start getting that thin the price skyrockets. Those custom Intel chips it uses cost at least $6-700 each.
  3. RTiii320 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2008
    Long Beach, CA
    new macbooks are not going to be as thin as an AIR.. and due to the times it seems the smaller the more expensive. the poster above me is correct, once parts and pieces are made this small it is going to cost a pretty penny to create, and macbooks will not be that thin because it will defeat the purpose of having a macbook air

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