MacBook Air Domain Names

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Less than 24 hours to the Macworld Expo Keynote, and speculation runs rampant. MacDailyNews reports that a number of additional "MacBookAir" domains have been registered, apparently by Apple.,,,, have been registered by corporate registrar MarkMonitor. Most of the registration information is obscured, but the billing information for several of the domains is attributed to John Donald who carries an email address. Typically, this information can be faked, but the registration also shares an internal billing ID (MKN-14211616) which is indeed Apple's (based on other domains).

    The evidence isn't conclusive, however, as MarkMonitor provides some automated trademark protection services to corporations:
    So the MacBookAir domain registrations may have been triggerd by the domain registration - which was not registered by Apple.

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  2. simontarr macrumors 6502


    Sep 4, 2006
    Sounds like this rumor is likely to become fact tomorrow!

    Just as well- I would find an ultra-portable ultra-useful for work.
  3. offwidafairies macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    this is such a cool rumour. lighter than air. mmmm. hope its tiny!
  4. Tom B. macrumors 65816

    Tom B.

    Mar 22, 2006
  5. Peace macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
  6. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    There is absolutely no way Apple would run around registering these MacBookAir.* domains but let the .com one get away.
    Sounds to me like the rumors have driven the registrations with someone trying to strike it lucky with a domain (just like
  7. koobcamuk macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2006
    Well, this hype is getting insane. Let's see what happens tomorrow!
  8. bking1000 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 29, 2007
    Hmmm... Being new to Apple, maybe I'm off, but having worked in sw during the whole internet era, most all companies grab these domain names long before they launch to market (it's too risky to wait -- if a squatter grabs your domain, ur hosed or paying big $$$, or suing, which can still cost big $$$)

    It would be interesting to hear WHEN these domains were registered. If yesterday, than it's bull. If 2-4 months ago, that's more likely.

    Edit: Tom B, Peace and Phil A I think sum it up, anyway
  9. Zukum macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2007
    What about a computer marketed to the HUGE population of people that don't want to carry an extra bag for their laptop. Something that would fit in a purse or handbag?
  10. MrPlywood macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2006
    don't like the name? don't be a hater...

    I think it's really funny how some people are so up in arms over the not-yet-confirmed name MacBookAir. As if they wouldn't buy based on that alone.

    If the product is real, it hardly matters what the name is. The marketing guys at Apple are the masters of branding, and before you know it "Air" will be THE term in the popular vernacular used to describe an ultra-light computer.

    As far as the domain names and squatters, if Apple has trademarked the name, then the squatters are SOL. Apple will get the domain names that it wants, whenever it wants.
  11. Gunga Din macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2008
    Old Trafford
    Honestly, I don't understand why alot of people would get excited about a smaller notebook. Just seems silly. The 15.4" screen one is already very portable.

    Kind of the same thought process as watching moives or tv on a small 3.5" screen. Why not watch at home on your 50" ? Guess its good if you travel alot but this is getting ridiculous.

    Even when I used my brother's iTouch to web browse, I found it annoying on such a small screen. Don't get me wrong, its neat to have access to the web in your hand and depending on your profession, i'm sure alot of people can really justify buying one.

    I personally think a 13" Air Slim Notebook or whatever they want to call it, is a waste with the 15" already there. Guess I would much prefer a mid-tower instead (Mac Pro Jr. lol).
  12. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001


    Apple registering a domain means a lot more than NOT registering a domain name.

  13. Paix247 macrumors 6502

    Jul 26, 2006
    I could be wrong, but it appears they were created Jan. 11, 08 :rolleyes:
  14. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    it is interesting, but i do think it proves nothing at this point.
  15. miketcool macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2003
    If Apple did indeed purchase these domains, and its just a rumor cover up; stock holders take notice.
  16. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    I can't imagine that Apple would seriously go for a product called "MacBookAir". Think of all the confusion that would be caused on this board alone due to a product we'd all be calling an "MBA". Of course, it would go well with the iPod High Definition.
  17. johnpaul191 macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2002
    Philadelphia PA
    So we are less than 24 hours till the keynote and everything is up in the air. People seem to be leaning towards a new notebook, but the details are all over the place. The only other thing people are really grabbing onto is some change to AppleTV... hardware and/or software (rentals etc). That could be enough to make me dump cable. I feel like the day is coming, but i am not sure we are there yet. Blame the inconsistent broadband in the USA, but delivering that much content here may not be ready for everyone.

    Considering Apple revised the Mac Pros (as minor as it was) last week, that makes me think they have other things to spend the keynote on and are not looking for filler. The release of Mac Pros without Blu-Ray drives also seems like an indication that nothing will get them anytime soon. I guess it's possible a Mac Mini/AppleTV would get one first for media center reasons, but who knows. Nothing groundbreaking there anyway. Everyone knows what BluRay does so there is no reason to waste keynote time on it.

    Last year was almost all iPhone, and even if they announce an impending iPhone 2.0 (which is obviously coming *some* day), i don't see it taking a whole keynote to talk about. I am going to lean towards thinking Apple has something they want to spend a lot of time on.
  18. Peace macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier

    You may be right but I'm not going to be convinced until I see this MacbookAir which imho is a downright bad name.
  19. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    so macbook air it will be then? less than 22 hours to find out!
  20. yagran macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2007
    Brighton, East Sussex, UK
    i think its a good name! you come up with something better?
  21. Peace macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier


    The Maclitebook
    The Macbook Lite
    The Macbook Light
    The Macbook thin

  22. MisterSalty macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2004
    In less than 24 hours we'll know for sure...

    But just to be safe, let's keep Jessica Simpson away from tomorrow's keynote.
  23. Peace macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier


    poor Dallas..

    sorry I was off-topic.
  24. SthrnCmfrtr macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2007
    Las Vegas, NV
    I hate "MacBook" and yet I own one. I don't think anyone on this forum is so crackers that they'd buy or not buy a product based on its name, urban legends about Chevy Novas aside. Many people believe that AirBook would sound better, for instance. I agree.

    It's an aesthetic judgment, which people are free to make -- and will make -- regardless of your disdain. Surely you do the same thing... you listen to a song and say "that's fantastic!" or "that sucks." You watch a movie and compare it to other movies you've seen.

    You're presenting a pragmatic argument here, of a species known as Pragmaticus fanboie: that trust in Apple, and they will pwn all and be uber alles and so forth, resistance is futile, etc. It does not contradict the aesthetic judgment of the name, but instead says "it doesn't matter if it's ugly or not. It'll sell." No one on this board doubts that this thing will sell like mad. What we're saying is that the name sucks, in our opinion.
  25. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    Apple just updated their homepage!!! :eek:

    (breathe, breathe, must remember to breathe.... goes and hides credit cards...)

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