Who's wishing for a proper 12" PB replacement?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by saikyan, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. saikyan macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2007
    So, how many people are really missing a 12" PowerBook equivalent? Like a 12-13" Macbook Pro or what have you.

    I know I sure am... I'm just curious about the demand for such a machine.

    I also wonder if it's likely Apple will build one, or if they figure the Black Macbook fills that segment sufficiently.
  2. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
  3. gavd macrumors 6502a

    Jan 30, 2006
    Kind of see what you mean, but the MacBook does lack some features of the old 12" PB. The MacBook is probably enough for most people though depending on their needs.
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    I have a 12" PB and a MacBook (and, through work, a 15"MBP). I love the MB, but... the 12" is just a lot more portable and, well, lovable. Great little computer.
  5. failsafe1 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2003
    I would love to see a 12 book with a 256 video card, dl burner and huge hard drive. I use a MBP but would like a smaller full featured powerful book to take on the road for really long gear laden trips. Less in that case would be more.
  6. saikyan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2007
    I mean a MacBook with a real video card and Firewire 800, ideally.
  7. Warbrain macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Have fun with waiting for FireWire 800. It'll never happen.
  8. mick4394 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2006
    Flyover country
    I could care less about the name on it, MB or MBP. I'd take any 12 inch model that Apple released. They could call it the iPuter for all I care. I'd buy it.
  9. After G macrumors 68000

    After G

    Aug 27, 2003
    I wish the macbook wasn't so wide and that the keys weren't spaced so far apart - yes, I'd like a proper PB replacement. Change for change's sake isn't good.
  10. saikyan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2007
    No kidding. I don't plan on waiting, I was just wondering what kind of demand is out there.
  11. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
    I used to find it stupid but after a while I've gotten used to it, it is not too bad actually.
  12. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I'd like to see one with a screen res of 1920x1280 and a PPI of around 160 to accommodate said screen res on a 12" screen. I can dream.
  13. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    I want something smaller and lighter than either the 12" PB or the current Macbook.....but not a tablet!!
  14. dorthyinoz macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2006
    I really think mac is missing out not doing a macbook pro at 12" for the business person. I have a macbook pro 17" and its too large to lugg around everywhere thats why I'm trying to switch my 15" powerbook for a 12" powerbook.....
  15. teerexx52 macrumors 68000


    May 1, 2005
    Florida West Coast
    I have a new 17" MBP as well and decided to buy a Powerbook 12". Picking it up this weekend. Great to carry around. Looked at a Blackbook today clearance at Comp USA new in box $999 but decided to go with PowerBook

  16. lord patton macrumors 65816

    lord patton

    Jun 6, 2005
    Well, you might not get 1920x1280, but I think we WILL see a high res 12" or 13" MBP. And it won't happen till Leopard ships. Resolution independent GUI is key for smaller LCD—the MacBook is almost too small for my eyes as it is (ed. -that's what universal access is for, grandpa!)
  17. dllavaneras macrumors 68000


    Feb 12, 2005
    Caracas, Venezuela
    A portable, full featured laptop that size would be great! Make it the thickness of the iPod Nano and you've got a winner ;)

    Ok, maybe not the thickness part, but a small laptop with a decent GPU would rock
  18. Sandock macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2006
    Calgary, Canada
    I used to own a 12" PB 1.5 Ghz with maxed out RAM and I loved it. I have since handed it down to my mom, who adores it because of it's portability, especially compared to my sister's G4 iBook. I have moved on to Apple desktops now, and though I do not crave for another portable, I am wishing for Apple to come up with a replacement for the 12" so as to satisfy the need of those who are looking for a Mac with even more ultra portability.

    In my wishful thinking, this is how I see it: knowing how Apple always comes up with something that is revolutionary (e.g., iPhone), something really might come out and be a successor to the old 12". Something that uses Flash Drive for memory instead of HDs perhaps, to make it even more thinner? (Because what is the point of coming up with something that is similar with the old one if it still weighs in as hefty?) I have read about these flash drives; if they do come out with something over 60-80 gigs, then that would be something! It would make the new version thinner, and the battery life will probably last longer!

    Oh, well, wishful thinking.
  19. Paul Wright macrumors regular

    Paul Wright

    Aug 24, 2006
    A 12" model would definatley make it compatable with cases and stuff, 13.3" is just an uncommmon size, can get annoying but i love it :):cool:
  20. operator macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2006
  21. wozzlewoozle macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2005
    I'm not in the market now. However, if there isn't a 12 or 11" laptop from apple in the future I'm not sure what I'll do....
  22. TraceyS/FL macrumors 601

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
    I find these threads fascinating - everyone I know (in person) has laughed at me for my small laptops. I had a Sony R505 then my 12" iBook G4.

    The iBook has had some issues - and I have to run 2 XP apps daily, so i've been using the Sony more and more. I broke out the iBook the other night and it was a DREAM. I loved the keyboard - the space, the touch the everything.

    BUT, that said - i'm shopping for an upgrade for ME (i mainly use my kids eMac right now), and I'm planning on going to the 17" MBP if I can. It will be my only computer, I don't travel that much - and if I do, i'd be using it at my destination.

    As for the iBook, I plan to pass it on to my 11yo for her school stuff after I get the new one....

    Anyway, I hope you guys get one - and soon!!!!
  23. Icewind macrumors regular


    May 23, 2006
    I would actually love to see an Apple palmtop. I'm talking about maybe something along the lines of a Psion, only in Pro Aluminium, with a proper little keyboard and that iPhone multi-touch technology on the screen, instead of the Psion's stylus. Something that you could fit in your pocket easily. Maybe 8Gb flash memory and running OSX-Lite and come preloaded with iWork, iLife and all the other little useful apps. Throw in WiFi and Bluetooth and have a dedicated cradle for syncing and charging.

    I would buy something like that in a flash :)
  24. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Wait a year or so. That sounds a lot like an iPhone with a better processor and a BT keyboard (which you can buy now). I'm sure one's in the planning stages... if they can get a chip to run OS X sufficiently, as opposed to the OS X variant that's in the iPhone.
  25. Glenny2lappies macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2006
    Brighton, UK
    When I bought my 15" MBP, I thought I'd sell the PB12 as I thought I wouldn't use it. Amazingly, it's really nice to have a smaller unit around the house, or when I just need a lappie for travelling.

    This kind of points at me getting a MB - of course in Black. However, what's the point - I've a perfectly good working 12" machine so why bother.

    There's absolutely no question in my mind that I would buy a MBP 12" the instant it became available - especially if it was smaller than the MB and had the better graphics processor.

    I prefer the smaller form factor, especially for flying as they fit into the gap in the seat in front. A 15" is a PITA, and the MB has a weak graphics card for plugging it into a decent monitor when I get to where I'm going.

    For business, the pros are the business. Or even the dogs danglies.

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