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  • 11.6-inch MacBook Airs Coming Before Year’s End?


    Before the arrival of the iPad, the MacBook Air was Apple’s answer to netbooks. Now it seems that the MacBook Air is about to be refreshed with a smaller 11.6-inch screen. If this rumor is true, it will be the smallest MacBook yet produced by Apple. Apple has shied away from the term “netbook” in the past because of the low-cost and low-quality nature of most netbooks. If this is a new MacBook Model, however, it will be difficult for Apple to call this anything but an Apple netbook.

    DigiTimes reports “Quanta has reportedly landed orders for 11.6-inch MacBooks from Apple. Shipments of 11.6-inch MacBooks are expected to top 400,000-500,000 units in 2010.”

    Although this statement does not specifically point to MacBook Airs, it is reasonable to assume that Apple will update the MacBook Air line in the near future. They were last updated about a year ago, and Apple has historically made MacBook update announcements in September or October.

    I for one would love to see a smaller MacBook. Apple might be readying this new model for the holiday season. If this is the case Apple might want to call it the MacNetBook, but then Apple would never admit to making a netbook.

    Source: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 11.6-inch MacBook Airs Coming Before Year’s End? started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      yay sign me up for one
    1. domthebigbomb's Avatar
      domthebigbomb -
      call it a the new inetbook
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      I get frustrated enough with my 13" monitor when it's not hooked up to my desktop monitor, I can't imagine dealing with an 11" one.
    1. nerdyperdy's Avatar
      nerdyperdy -
      Sweet. I'm hoping for the Christmas season. I don't even use optical drives. All my media is on flash drives and external drives.

      Hoping for an i3 or maybe an i5 with 4 USB ports..no FireWire tho. Add 3G and it would be hella good.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      11.6"? I'll stick with my iPad kthankx
    1. nerdyperdy's Avatar
      nerdyperdy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      11.6"? I'll stick with my iPad kthankx
      Id rather have the use of a laptop..besides optical drive of course. I'm still waiting on the day a full OS will be available for a smartphone..SL on a phone..sweetness!!



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    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      More than the size I think the price is what is going to be important. You can't really sell a "netbook" for $1000. At least not to me...
      If it ends up in the $500 price range (yes pigs will probably fly before this happens) then I am in.

      Quote Originally Posted by nerdyperdy View Post
      Id rather have the use of a laptop..besides optical drive of course. I'm still waiting on the day a full OS will be available for a smartphone..SL on a phone..sweetness!!
      I completely agree. I don't even find myself ever using an optical drive anymore except to install software.

      Quote Originally Posted by domthebigbomb View Post
      call it a the new inetbook
      It's too bad the iBook is already a product of theirs
      Would have sounded really nice IMO. Maybe they can refresh it somehow

      Quote Originally Posted by Wiley John Wright View Post
      Apple might want to call it the MacNetBook, but then Apple would never admit to making a netbook.
      I don't think Apple really has an aversion to making something and deeming it a netbook. All I am really aware they have said is that all netbooks currently on the market are terrible based on their standards (why their most current answer to this predicament was an iPad, which does less than many netbooks can do, is a mystery to me)
    1. nerdyperdy's Avatar
      nerdyperdy -
      I totally agree with the iBook name. I was thinking he same thing. As well as the price. Knowing apple, there prolly gonna have it priced between 750&1k and that's just not gonna fly if it's a netbook.Now,if it's 500-750...with good specs,then yea..I'm all for it.

      Hope to hear more about it.


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    1. ShredNasty's Avatar
      ShredNasty -
      Reasonably priced Apple? The only time that happens is when AT&T covers 2/3rds of the cost. I love my iStuff, but d*mm it's expensive!
    1. nerdyperdy's Avatar
      nerdyperdy -
      Quote Originally Posted by ShredNasty View Post
      Reasonably priced Apple? The only time that happens is when AT&T covers 2/3rds of the cost. I love my iStuff, but d*mm it's expensive!
      Isn't that the truth. Wish I could get a MBP with a 2 year contract...lol

      I love my iPhone but at least the stuff holds it's value. Hell,hold it better then vehicles..lol





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    1. timbrook's Avatar
      timbrook -
      Just put a full os on the ipad and make it open
    1. dale2's Avatar
      dale2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by nerdyperdy View Post
      Sweet. I'm hoping for the Christmas season. I don't even use optical drives. All my media is on flash drives and external drives.

      Hoping for an i3 or maybe an i5 with 4 USB ports..no FireWire tho. Add 3G and it would be hella good.
      netbook with an i5?
      lol
    1. nerdyperdy's Avatar
      nerdyperdy -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale2 View Post
      netbook with an i5?
      lol
      Isn't the new Corei series supposed to be low power consumption?? The i7 runs to hot for my taste and the i5 aint nothing to shake a stick at if it's done right and hopefully Apple can do it right.

      I'm still thinking of updating from my hack-pro to a MBP, but I'm starting to like the Air..Especially with the right upgrades. Maybe a Fermi card now wouldnt that be sweet..lol
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      The Alienware M11x's 11.6" display has too much bezel around it to fit comfortably in my motorcycle tank bag (LCD chassis could easily fit a 12.1" display in the same area). It looks strange, so surely Apple would never do that. If this Mac has a decent GPU, I'll be all over it!

      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      More than the size I think the price is what is going to be important. You can't really sell a "netbook" for $1000. At least not to me...
      If it ends up in the $500 price range (yes pigs will probably fly before this happens) then I am in.
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      I don't think Apple really has an aversion to making something and deeming it a netbook. All I am really aware they have said is that all netbooks currently on the market are terrible based on their standards (why their most current answer to this predicament was an iPad, which does less than many netbooks can do, is a mystery to me)
      "We don’t know how to build a sub-$500 computer that is not a piece of junk." -Steve Jobs, 2008 in response to people asking about a Mac netbook.
    1. MindGem's Avatar
      MindGem -
      I'm buying the 17" MacBook pro so f•ck this.
    1. Apple.'s Avatar
      Apple. -
      Basic examination can tell u how much this MBA will be

      The highest end iPad sells for 829.99
      The Lowest end Macbook sells for 999.99

      This macbook being 11.6 main focus will be portability..
      Meaning power consumption will be a main focus..Therefore apple will choose to use a low power consumption processor..Which its best option would be the i3 processor

      Compared to the Macbook Pro low end model
      it sports a Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
      and it sells for $1199

      That means Apple would sell this PC for more than $1199

      OR

      If they go the Core 2 Duo route and the typical 2GB ram

      They could sell it for 1099..

      I highly doubt it will sell less than the Based MacBook model, unless they stop selling it.
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      I want a iTablet
    1. Darrius777's Avatar
      Darrius777 -
      I think they would call it a MacBook Lite.