In 2012, Apple drops the MBP. Introduces a 15-inch MBA. MBA line is renamed "iBook".

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by XX55XX, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. XX55XX macrumors regular

    May 17, 2009
    How would you feel if Apple did the following:

    1. Introduces a 15-inch notebook with no DVD drive, a quad-core Ivy Bridge processor, proprietary SSD, and no discrete graphics. Looks just like a larger MacBook Air.
    2. Declares that MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs will be merged into one product category, the iBook. All current MacBook Pro models up until that point will be dropped.

    How would you guys feel? I have a strong feeling that something like this might just occur later this year...
  2. macguy360 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2011
    This is what the mayans were referring to when they predicted that 2012 would be the end of an era.
  3. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    This prediction is so not possible, it's not even funny. The MBP is Apple's best-selling line of Macs period. There's no reason for them to drop it entirely.

    Apple also has a history of not naming current products the same name as an old one.

    Where are you getting these ideas?
  4. shanshor macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2008
    Plus, aren't iBooks things you're supposed to read? ;)
  5. XX55XX thread starter macrumors regular

    May 17, 2009
    Note the difference: "iBook" vs. "iBooks".

    Alright, forget about the renaming aspect. Let's say that it's all renamed "MacBook".
  6. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    Still a discontinued line, though slightly more reasonable.

    They're still not going to discontinue their most successful line of Macs ever without having something better and more powerful to replace it with. That's not possible with your prediction.
  7. shanshor macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2008
    Lol! There's no difference. If I said I wanted to buy an iBook, am I buying a book or a computer? But all jesting aside, I agree that the underpowered computers should just be MacBooks.
  8. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    But OP is suggesting that all Apple's laptops would be underpowered and they would drop the MBP line entirely.
  9. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    Predictions are fun and all, but Apple will not rename any hardware models to "iBook." They made a clear decision to abandon using that name for laptops in favor of iBook for software. For a company that has deliberately omitted "Mac" from "Mac OS X" in 10.8, they obviously take naming and phrasing seriously.
  10. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Not gonna happen. The iBook moniker has gone to the ebook product line...that and Steve said they want 'Mac' in their computer names.
  11. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    They've used that name before for a computer. It won't return to another laptop.
  12. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    The ever popular and iconic "PowerBook" model name was one of Apple's finest.

    Much like the model name "ThinkPad" ... PowerBooks had a long and very successful run.

    When Apple screwed up and dropped the PowerBook name that NO ONE Complained About... it was sheer madness. Despite a lot of push back and protests from customers, Apple proved they only think of themselves.

    MacBook Pro is cumbersome if not needless. Especially when the public's awareness that the PowerBook was an Apple Laptop anyway.

    Further relabeling of Apple Laptops would be terribly stupid.
  13. rockyroad55 macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    I'm thinking the 13" Air and Pro will be merged. What will it be called, nobody knows.
  14. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    iBook? MacBook? What next, they rename the iPhone the Newton? Just not going to happen.
  15. Four oF NINE macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    Hell's Kitchen
    I suppose they could always go with 'ProBook'
  16. XX55XX thread starter macrumors regular

    May 17, 2009
    I think that has already been trademarked by HP.
  17. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040


    May 20, 2010
    Boulder, CO
    This will always be an iBook:


    This will never be an iBook:

  18. Maven1975 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
    I can see them implementing "i" back into their notebooks. Although, "i" Seems to be reserved now for iOS products.
  19. phyrexia macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2010
    The PowerBook name wouldn't fit very well for Intel Macs, would it? I thought this is why they changed the name. No more PowerPCs.
  20. A Hebrew macrumors 6502a

    A Hebrew

    Jan 7, 2012
  21. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    With all the rumours of Apple redesigning the entire MacBook line this year and merging them into one line, here's what I think will happen: the 13", 15", and 17" laptops will all get a closer design to the current MacBook Air and all three of those will be called just "MacBook". The 11" Air will stay as it is and that will retain the name "MacBook Air". Makes sense since if all the other laptops become similar, the 11" becomes the odd one out for being smaller and lighter. In summary:

    "MacBook" = redesigned 13", 15", and 17" laptops
    "MacBook Air" = 11" laptop
  22. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    If Tim Cook has anything to say about it they'll just call it the "MacintoshBook".
  23. stevemiller macrumors 68000

    Oct 27, 2008
    Actually "Mac" is getting removed from names these days, not emphasized (Mac OS X -> OS X for 10.8). More likely to end up with Airbooks or something.
  24. dba415 macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2011
    bad decision to phase out the Mac name imo, Macintosh is where it all started for Apple. Next thing you know they will be removing the start up sound :eek:
  25. that1guyy macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2011
    Simply put, Apple has forgetting its roots and is turning into Big Brother

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