Gizmodo has helpfully gathered all of the available information on Apple’s upcoming laptop announcement (14th Oct). Here’s what they have to say:
• Long overdue, a new MacBook line will be unveiled, with newly-designed MacBooks and MacBook Pros.
• Remember that Apple told resellers not to stock MacBooks or iPods (this was just before the Let’s Rock announcement).
The logical and probable rumors
• The MacBook Air, being a recent design, will probably get a features bump, but not a redesign. This could to be supported by price cuts during the summer.
• Despite the pretty mock ups, the MacBook and the MacBook Pro will probably look like the MacBook Air, but on a different scale. In previous generations, there was always a new model that introduced a new look, then the rest followed up.
• Some people alleged that these images show a shell carved out of a single piece of aluminum, using a new and revolutionary manufacturing process code-named “Brick”.
• However, there are several reasons to believe this may not be the case, starting with an Apple patent detailing a new welding process. However, both manufacturing techniques may have been combined for this product.
• The MacBook in the teaser invitation may be the 13-inch model. Assuming the Apple logo is the same size as before, that is. They have changed its size before.
• Following Apple’s commitment for greener computers, all displays in the upcoming MacBook line may be LED-based.
Crazy rumors and wishful thinking
• The usual blurry MacBook spyshots have appeared, some of which, like this one, have been proven to be fake.
• The glass iPhone trackpads are most probably just that, fake.
• There’s even more crazy people that think that a semi-transparent MacBook Pro may appear, based on an Apple patent.
• Some really really crazy people have been dreaming about tablet Macs since 2007 and before.
I’m still hoping for a 9 or 10 inch netbook. I know, I know. But hope springs eternal and all that. Annoyingly, I’ll probably miss the announcement as I’ll be battling my way home from a meeting in central London at the time. Or, I could simply stay behind and read the multiple live-blogging opportunities…. who needs dinner anyway?
If there is a new netbook, Apple will be getting even more of my cash – I’ve already decided to buy an iMac for home if the netbook gives me access to Mac OS X on the go (and required Mobile Me syncing etc).