Macbook - Apple's only plastic computer...

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by 76ShovelHead, Jul 31, 2010.

  1. 76ShovelHead macrumors 6502a

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    It's plain in sight that pretty much apple is making everything out of natural resources i.e. Aluminum, Glass - But whats keeping them from the Macbook?

    Do you think the will ever get rid of the white Macbook, maybe make them look like the old Titanium Powerbooks without the glossy display?

    They are still keeping something plastic, like the magic mouse and obviously the the keyboard keys - but their computer line-up consists of only one plastic computer, the Macbook.
     
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  4. 76ShovelHead thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yea, but they kept making the White one - all they did was slap a macbook pro badge on the aluminum.

    I mean if they are ever going to ditch the Polycarbonate gig. I personally like the White plastic but they seem to be phasing it out just look what they did to the mini.
     
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    They didn't keep making the white one. They made the aluminum one beginning October 14, 2008, and went back to the white plastic on October 20, 2009. No?
     
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    No. They had the aluminum macbook as a high end consumer machine. They kept the white macbook as a low end consumer machine.
     
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    All i remember is that they offered consumers either the higher end Macbook aka the unibody and at the same time the Plastic one. They could've stopped for like a week as you suggest i didn't pay much attention.
     
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    Ah. Thanks for the clarification.


    Back to the topic..... I'm sure eventually they'll permanently change the materials that they use for the MB, but I can see them sticking with the polycarbonate for a while. As someone above posted, they do it for diversification. It makes the MB appear to be less than a pro machine, even though the specs aren't much different between the MB and the lowest MBP.
     
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    Plastic is cheaper than metal, at every stage of production.
     
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    They seem to take all this from the iPhone. At that rate it would be awsome if the next gen iMac and Macbook take after the glass on both sides and a Metal band that holds them together - hopefully they'll also make a white version of the iMac again. I think the Polycarbonate look was very pure and stood out from everyone else.
     
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    I wonder how a black unibody Macbook would look. I wouldn't mind one
     
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    Doubtful. Nowadays the iMacs stand out because of their screens, which are a really great selling point. Something white, and plastic especially, will only divert attention from the screen in a negative way.
     
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    I don't think that they'll go with a glass laptop. That thing would be way more prone to cracking and scratching than an iPhone.

    I don't want to see a white version of the iMac ever again.

    The white was nice at the time (I owned iBooks and an MacBook), but aluminum looks much better.
     
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    Oh, and OP, if you think it's a bit nit-picky, when Leopard came out, it bugged me (and still does) that all macs show the 10.4 Tiger Aqua desktop on the screen, despite all macs now defaulting to the new Space desktops, with S.Jobs even noting 'Nobody uses these desktops'.

    Hence my MBP icon creation for my 'Macintosh HD' and removal of the MBP from Finder.
     
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    They were gorgeous.
     
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    Le's hope. I'm holding onto mine til then. I didn't get why people paid more for the black MacBook until I got one. Hands down my favorite Mac ever. People still ask me on the train, "Where did you get that? I didn't know they made black ones. It's pretty." But not just that. They are easy to maintain and keep clean. Mine looks as good as the day I got it.
     
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    You don't have shiny keys?
     
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    ...apple never stopped making the whitebook... see my sig, it was about that time... they just made the Unibody macbook into the MBP = basically the same machine...
     
  20. circularforward macrumors 6502

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    Although they were cool, Apple charged $150 more for the black that had identical specs. =(
     
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    It's unlikely they'll use aluminum in the near future because the body material is mainly what separates the MacBook from the MacBook Pro. I could see them doing a "hybrid" of fiberglass and aluminum however.. but a full aluminum unibody MacBook would take away the differentiation between models.
     
  22. Jeffrosproto macrumors 6502

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    I think an iMac with an iPhone 4-ish design would be awesome. I honestly wouldn't be surprised to see one with the next refresh.
     
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    Got those too. And many many fingerprints on the casing that just won't come of anymore. And the trackpad is pretty worn off :) But since it's black you only notice it in bright light, otherwise it's just.. all black.
     
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    Hopefully if it does return, they will have 2 identical macbooks, just black and white versions
     

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