MacBooks May Soon Become Aluminum

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  1. coryetzkorn macrumors regular

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    Has anyone read this part of Apple's site? It says:

    I found this on Apple's environmental page.

    This leads me to believe the MacBooks may become aluminum like the rest of the mac line in mid-2008. Who knows, they may even bring back colors with annondized aluminum casings.

    Think about it.... low end iPods nanos are colored (i.e. MacBooks) and high end nanos are only available in silver (i.e. MacBook Pros). I think this would be a very logical product transition that would make MacBooks even better.

    Any Thoughts?
     
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    I also think it would be nice.

    What are the alternatives to PVC other than aluminum?
     
  4. jczubach macrumors 6502

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    magnesium alloy is also very hot, check out the panasonic tough-books.
     
  5. sbluetruck macrumors regular

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    but i thought the macbooks were polycarbonate, not polyvinyl :confused:????
     
  6. fr4c macrumors 65816

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    that would be interesting if Apple were to follow the iPod color/build scheme. I personally would think that if they were to make different colors for the MB, it will definitely attract a lot more potential buyers. and with the plus of aluminum construction and attractive price point (keep in mind of construction material compared to other laptops), it just might be a pretty hot sale.
     
  7. jczubach macrumors 6502

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    there are third-party suppliers for those so-inclined, no?

    if it sells, it will become an option. Mr. jobs is no dummy.
     
  8. vicious7 macrumors 6502a

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    Anodized aluminum in different colors would be nice to see. Which begs the question: What are the pro machines going to be made of next?
     
  9. rychencop macrumors 65816

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    I think color anodized aluminum would be a cool option. Painted ones are nice too, but can chip. How about recycled polycarbonate since Apple is trying to be more eco friendly. I used a Panasonic Toughbook at work for a few years with its magnesium case. Very rugged and looks pretty nice too. I believe it's more expensive than aluminum though.
    There are several options that they could use, but cost and ease of manufacture come into play also. Stamped aluminum is the easiest next to plastic.

    BTW...I think the natural aluminum MBP is the best looking laptop on the market.
     
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    'twas the only time i felt a little micro-tard envy. those tough-books have something going for them...
     
  12. GAS macrumors regular

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    Low-end nanos are silver. The high-end nano is black only. So that doesn't really work out anymore.
     
  13. rychencop macrumors 65816

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    Yeah...they are not power houses....but you could throw it in the trunk or drop it and not really worry. Piece of mind!
     
  14. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I think this is right. There is probably PVC used elsewhere in the construction, but I don't think the case is made of it.
     
  15. Wayfarer macrumors 65816

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    This is a good prediction.

    I mean, the first gen iPod nanos started out in black in white. Then they transitioned to aluminum along with the introduction of different colors.

    I could see the Macbooks taking this direction eventually.
     
  16. weckart macrumors 68040

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    I know. Who really thinks that the Macbooks are made of PVC? Too soft.

    Aluminium = spendy. Not going to happen for the budget range. This is a non-story.
     
  17. DHagan4755 macrumors 6502a

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    The MacBook enclosure is not made from PVC but polycarbonate.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polycarbonate

    Nonetheless it is a logical conclusion that Apple will be moving away from a heavy dominance of polycarbonate plastic, especially in white.
     
  18. kwong2006 macrumors regular

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    I am opposed to having aluminum on MBs. What is there to distinguish MBPs and MBs?

    I am fine with colored aluminum, but not natural looking ones on MB.
     
  19. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    I'd buy an aluminum (or just a non-plastic) MB in a heartbeat!
     
  20. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    Yeah, but somehow I doubt it will be aluminum...way too expensive.
     
  21. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    In the overall scheme of the Macbook's margins, they could probably get away with it. But lots of us like the plastic. I foresee more that they'll take the black plastic and integrate finishing touches on it that make the black Macbook more of a stylistic match for the iMac, and that they'll drop the white and go forward with that look instead.
     
  22. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I still believe that the macbooks will not go aluminum but then again I said the imac would stay white. No one really knows, but if the mb is alum then all of those people who went with the mbp because of the look and just surf the net and write e-mail on their over-powered machines can now dump them, save cash and buy a mb.
     
  23. PhatBoyG macrumors regular

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    Dedicated graphics cards, 15.4" screens, anything else you can't get on a MB.
     
  24. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    There's not a whole lot of alternatives apart from Mag.

    - Apple will probably fail miserably with QC issues with carbon fibre so that's out.
    - Titanium is too soft as users undoubtedly discovered (funny - engineers have known it for years, apparently Apple designers felt otherwise) unless subjected to complex manipulation which will probably make it too expensive to incorporate into an MBP-price point item.
    - Beryllium, even if your wallet could afford it, is toxic.
    - A ceramic matrix or a ceramic coating may be a remote possibility in terms of an extra-durable surface that goes beyond the MBP, but once again the costs of working with this is significantly higher than the materials in use now.

    The most likely candidate, if there is a change, is magnesium. It's an increasingly popular option, especially with contract laptop manufacturers stepping up magnesium production facilities rapidly. There's also a relatively new moulding process which is being pushed by Japanese, Taiwanese and Chinese companies in order to create more precise moulds and if you have imagination (as Apple undoubtedly do) you can do interesting things with the moulding technolgy using a fusion of plastic and mag.

    But, Apple is a marketing company above everything and I don't think magnesium has that much more of a premium ring for the typical Apple customer than aluminium. They'll probably find a way to put a spin on it though.

    However if you have to differentiate from "plastic", hard-ano aluminium is the best material in terms of looks, mechanical properties, cost of manufacture and skill of manufacture within Apple's apparent current reach. I wouldn't be surprised if another generation appears with aluminium, but who knows - they might switch.
     
  25. GAS macrumors regular

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    Another advantage of magnesium is that it burns with a bright white light :D
     

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