Is the White Macbook discontinued or not?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Caris, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. Caris macrumors 6502a

    Caris

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    I've done a quick search but couldn't find anything on this matter.

    Does the original white Macbbok thats on sale now (2.1ghz) have a decent life left or not? I'm a little confused, are Apple just selling off old stock or are they keeping it in the product line for a while?

    I'm thinking of picking one up over the next few days as i have had 3 brick Macbooks all with defects. But at the same time i don't want to buy one if there not gonna be available in a months time.

    Caris.
     
  2. bertpalmer macrumors 6502

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    Looks like they are still selling them on the apple store - I would imagine it is to clear old stock but I would have thought that would have happened by now.
     
  3. mgpg89 macrumors 6502a

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    I think they're still keeping it in.

    As Steve Jobs said in the October notebook keynote, the white MacBook is the best-selling Mac ever. So I guess they have to think twice before they let that one die.
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Does it really matter?

    They will still support it, even if they stop selling it, and it will still work the same if it does get replaced by a new model.
     
  5. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

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    It's not discontinued. I imagine that they want to keep the price point of the WhiteBook; otherwise, they'd go from the Mac Mini ($600/$800us) to the iMac ($1200us) with no price in between.
     
  6. cogsinister macrumors 6502a

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    The whitebook is still on the Apple store Canada, 24 hour delivery, so its not been discontinued......
     
  7. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    I bet they will keep some around for Apple Care reasons. Im sure eventually they will be discontinued but not for a little while.
     
  8. angemon89 macrumors 68000

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    I don't think they're clearing out old stock. It was updated with a superdrive.

    Unless, they opened up all the 2.1 MacBooks and replaced the combo drive with superdrive and sold that, then yeah they are.
     
  9. AeroStud1026 macrumors member

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    They will keep the white MB on because of 2 things....

    1. Apple needs a $999 Model in the MB line up

    2. As Steve Jobs mentioned its the best selling MB yet.
     
  10. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    It's still available, but will eventually go away. Most important, it will not benefit from OpenCL if you plan to move to Snow Leopard.
     
  11. Mikey B macrumors 65816

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    Steve stated pretty explicitly at the Notebook Event that the White MacBook was the best selling Mac of all time and that they keep "right on selling them for a long time."

    I don't think the whitebook is going anywhere anytime soon. That is an important price point that Apple needs to maintain. They are not going to have their entry-level notebook be at a $1300 price. WhiteBooks are not still around to clear out stock or for AppleCare, they are still being sold because they make a great margin and sell like hotcakes.
     
  12. svndmvn Guest

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    I'm not sure if they sell a lot of whities anymore. You can hardly see them on the website, if someone has any knowledge of computers he can easily understand the base aluminum one is a better value, if you have a couple extra hundred dollars, of course.
    Steve Jobs probably wanted to make the whole firewire thing less of an issue, and keep a high pricepoint for the pricier (to make) aluminum macbooks, this should change in a cycle time, or two. They will clear the stock selling the white ones as refurbs at $700, why not?
     

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