Macbook speculation...

macbook123

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How big do you think chances are that the Macbooks (possibly to appear on Tuesday) will be super-slim/super-lightweight, say in the 0.8 inch/3 pound range? Can anybody imagine Apple switching to external CD drives? To me personally internal drives are unnecessary weight.

Generally, in what way could the Macbooks be inferior to the Pro's? I haven't seen Dual Core's with less than 1.67 GHz. So will all Macbooks have single cores?
 

Danksi

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macbook123 said:
How big do you think chances are that the Macbooks (possibly to appear on Tuesday) will be super-slim/super-lightweight, say in the 0.8 inch/3 pound range? Can anybody imagine Apple switching to external CD drives? To me personally internal drives are unnecessary weight.
In terms of launch dates and specifications, your guess is as good as anyone's...

In terms of external CD drives, I doubt that very much. The whole idea of the iBook/MacBook is for a simple to use consumer product. Having used Windows Laptops, with external floppy & CD drive's over the years, they are frankly a pain in the butt. The extra hassle isn't worth the tiny difference it'd make to how slim or heavy the MacBook would be.
 

macbook123

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Danksi said:
In terms of launch dates and specifications, your guess is as good as anyone's...

In terms of external CD drives, I doubt that very much. The whole idea of the iBook/MacBook is for a simple to use consumer product. Having used Windows Laptops, with external floppy & CD drive's over the years, they are frankly a pain in the butt. The extra hassle isn't worth the tiny difference it'd make to how slim or heavy the MacBook would be.
Concerning the launch date, in this case the amount of evidence seems overwhelming to me, so I believe in Tuesday.

Concerning the internal drive, i guess I'm unusual in that I totally don't need it (am not using my laptop for entertainment). More generally, I'm trying to imagine ways in which the macbook's much lower price (probably below $1000) could make sense.
 

Danksi

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macbook123 said:
Concerning the launch date, in this case the amount of evidence seems overwhelming to me, so I believe in Tuesday.

Concerning the internal drive, i guess I'm unusual in that I totally don't need it (am not using my laptop for entertainment). More generally, I'm trying to imagine ways in which the macbook's much lower price (probably below $1000) could make sense.
I agree that most people's DVD/CD drives sit there un-used for a considerable amount of time, but it's that 'one' time you wished you'd brought that external drive with you that's the pain in the butt bit. (I know I've been there) :)

I've not been following the latest MacBook gossip, but I don't think the MacBook will be any cheaper than the current iBook range.
 

Chundles

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Well, I think they will definitely keep the internal optical drive, just too annoying to cart around an external bay.

I think it could get a little slimmer, maybe similar to the 12" PowerBook's 3cm compared with the iBook's 3.42cm. Maybe a little lighter ~2.0 - 2.1kg (current 12" iBook weighs 2.2kg) although the machine will be a bee's bigger than the 12" so it could just stay the same weight.

I think we'll see a similar-to-Mac-mini option of a Core Solo in the cheapest model and a Core Duo in the more expensive. Or, they could up the price of both of them, use a 1.66GHz Core Duo in both and differentiate the two on other features.

The innovation I'm really hoping for is the screen, I can't see the screen outside on the dimmest of cloudy days here so I'm hoping for a real ramp up in the brightness/sharpness/colour of the screen. None of this glossy "Hey you, get out of the way I'm trying to see my computer screen! Oh wait, that's my reflection..." crap that seems to be on a lot of PC laptops nowadays - I want a really good display in this laptop. Not that I'm in the market (Damn you iBook, you died twice before, why won't you die now?!!..I'm kidding, really, no don't get mad...) but if they put in something that knocks the socks off my current screen it would be reason to celebrate as I would now have something for which to aim.

Other than that, I don't really care about graphics, so long as it can output HD onto a nice big LCD/Plasma display á la the Mac mini Core Duo and rip my TV DVDs to little files I can watch with Front Row I'll be happy.

Oh, and a bloody DVD burner - I really wish I had one in this, you should see all the CDs I have lying around I could fit a season of my TV shows onto one disc rather than 8 and that alone would be worth the hassle.
 

Danksi

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Chundles said:
....use a 1.66GHz Core Duo in both and differentiate the two on other features.

Oh, and a bloody DVD burner - I really wish I had one in this, you should see all the CDs I have lying around I could fit a season of my TV shows onto one disc rather than 8 and that alone would be worth the hassle.
Unfortunately I think you've already answered how Apple may differentiate with other features...