Ultra-Portable MacBook - yes or no?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Nepenthe, Aug 13, 2007.

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Would you purchase an ultra-portable Apple computer?

Poll closed Nov 21, 2007.
  1. Yes

    41 vote(s)
    55.4%
  2. No

    20 vote(s)
    27.0%
  3. Maybe. I love my iPhone.

    1 vote(s)
    1.4%
  4. Do not really care.

    12 vote(s)
    16.2%
  1. Nepenthe macrumors member

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    #1
    Would you purchase an ultra-portable Apple computer (MacBook Mini, iPhone Macro, etc...)?

    Reference: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=327985

    Wanting to avoid another "customers love glossy displays" situation... I think we should vote/discuss/digg this article and show someone -*anyone*- at Apple how we really feel.

    - Optical or no optical
    - GPU or no GPU
    - glossy screen or no glossy screen
    - Physical keyboard or virtual keyboard
    - Multitouch or no multitouch
    - $600-$900 (like the iPhone is going to stay at $599... psshh)

    I would purchase one... no make that four Apple ultra-portable computers / ultra-thin notebooks on their release day - $600-$900. Keep in mind that I am still using a TiBook and a 4G iPod.
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    No from me, but "iPhone Macro" as a possible name for an Ultra-Portable MacBook, WTF?!
     
  3. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    I think one with a 10" or 11" screen would be sweet. However, judging by the way ol' Steve is planning out his product lines, I don't think we're going to get one:(
     
  4. Nepenthe thread starter macrumors member

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    lol... Sorry it was more of a product description on my part - not really a serious name :rolleyes:
     
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Not sure if these were questions or not, but... yes, I want one, and I prefer something like this:

    - Optical or no optical -- negotiable, I guess
    - GPU or no GPU -- don't care
    - glossy screen or no glossy screen -- don't care
    - Physical keyboard or virtual keyboard
    - Multitouch or no multitouch -- don't care, but I don't want a tablet, I want a subnotebook
    - $600-$900 (like the iPhone is going to stay at $599... psshh) -- I'd be more interested in something nice that fit into the $1600-2000 price range.

    But basically what I want is an Apple take on the nicer Windows subnotebooks -- C2D (can be ULEV), slot loading, 10-12" screen, SSD or HD (open to either), >5 hour battery life, <3.5 lbs, don't care too much if it has an iSight or not, although it probably ought to, footprint as small or smaller than the 12" Powerbook.

    Like the Mini Cooper, though, it should be small because we want it small, and not small because its cheap. I definitely want a Mini Cooper (or a 1 series) and not a Yaris.
     
  6. Nepenthe thread starter macrumors member

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    Agree - I mainly want an Apple version of this because I so enjoyed using one of the tiny Sony deals.
     
  7. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040

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    1 series all the way
     
  8. mick4394 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd like something small, but not too small. I've had several Vaio Picturebooks. They were nice machines, but a little too small for serious work, with that 8.9 inch LCD and equally small keyboard.

    Personally, I think a 12 inch LCD is the sweet-spot. It's small enough to be easily portable, yet large enough to do some serious work for an extended period of time. I could probably go as small as eleven, but really, my notebook is my main machine, and 11 and smaller can be a little difficult to look at for longer computing sessions.

    Really, I wish they'd just do away with the 13.3 Macbook and go back to a twelve inch consumer level notebook, but that'll never happen.
     
  9. droo94 macrumors member

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    I voted yes, but I think the forum threads clearly show that individual definitions of "ultra-portable" are very subjective and vary pretty widely. In my case, I'm a PB 12" owner and I'd be pretty content with a similar MBP 12".

    I don't know if the vote was expected to meet all the poll criteria, but I'm not expecting something in the $600-$900 range. I would strongly consider a 12" MBP at $1999 USD or under.
     
  10. aliquis- macrumors 6502a

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    They wont make one for that price, never gonna happen.

    And I don't want one, I guess.
     
  11. aswitcher macrumors 603

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    Big iPhone with a keyboard, but able to become a tablet would be ideal.
    Dont need an optical built in.
    GPS would be nice.
     
  12. mick4394 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm with you. I don't think it has to be super tiny to be considered ultra-portable. As far as I'm concerned, my 12 inch machine is, and I don't want to sacrifice an optical drive to achieve this "ultra-portable" status.


    Anyone who thinks Apple will ever release any laptop in the $600-$900 range has rocks in their head. It will never happen.
     
  13. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Maybe, but I'm not getting an iPhone.

    I'd probably pay a bit of a premium over macbook prices, but not macbook pro prices.
     
  14. anothermacaddic macrumors member

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    Now I have a reverse opinion on this subject. At first when the mb's came out i was like great they made them bigger and I wanted smaller. NOW when I have to use my 12 pb I cant help to thing wow I used this micro screen for that long.
     
  15. vicious7 macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed. After travelling with an associate who uses a PB 12 he looked more comfortable doing work in the cramped quarters of an airplane than I did with my 15" MBP. If Apple can build a 12" MBP with similar or slightly better specs than the current MBPs, then I would pick one up immediately.

    Sigh...one can wish, yeah?
     
  16. mick4394 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know that I would want a 12 inch Powerbook either. The computer I'm using now is a 12 inch widescreen, which is much easier to use than the old standard ratio screens.

    I don't know how people still use standard ratio LCDs. Once you go widescreen, you'll never go back.
     
  17. jczubach macrumors 6502

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    this may be a little contrarian, but my gut reaction to this is that a 12" MPB is like a VW beetle with a Ferrari engine.:rolleyes:
     
  18. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    Well then I guess VW better get on it because there are a lot of people who loved their 12" Powerbooks. Right size, right power, and the look of a Powerbook/Macbook Pro. What's not to love?
     
  19. mick4394 macrumors 6502a

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    Not everyone wants to lug around a large computer with a large LCD.

    I know when it comes to 15" notebooks, the MBP is pretty small. But small for 15", still isn't small enough.
     
  20. jczubach macrumors 6502

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    that's my point. I was in a computer store yesterday and saw my 15" 'er next to a bunch of other notebooks/laptops and it was absolutely diminutive. I seriously wanted to take a tape measure to the critter to confirm it was the same contraption. WE ARE BEING SPOILED ROTTEN by apple and judging by some of the threads on this site, it is beginning to show. entitlement abounds!
     
  21. mick4394 macrumors 6502a

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    Your 15" MBP isn't diminutive next to my m1210.

    The MBP is small, for a large machine, but it doesn't compare to 12 inch notebooks.
     

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