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Rumor: Apple to Give White MacBook a Revamp

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 33 comments

When Apple introduced its new line of unibody MacBooks and lowered the price of the white MacBook to $999, many assumed it was a "while stocks last" kind of deal. Apparently not.

In May, Apple quietly updated its entry-level notebook and by the time the company was through, the white MacBook was faster than the entry-level unibody MacBook. The $999 notebook comes with 160 GB hard drive, a 2.13 GHz processor and 2 GB of 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, improving on the previous specs of a 120 GB HDD, 2 GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM and a 2 GHz processor. The company clearly has no plans to get rid of the white MacBook but what is it going to do with the lone plastic model?

According to AppleInsider, the Cupertino-based company plans on keeping the white MacBooks around and is even planning a redesign for the machine sometime in the next few months. Citing people familiar with Apple's plans, AI reports that the 13-inch portables are presently undergoing an industrial design overhaul that will see them reemerge in the coming months with a slimmer, lighter enclosure and restructured internal architecture. Not only that, but this is all apparently just one step towards a sub-$1000 line of products from Apple (along with that Apple tablet that won't go away). Interesting stuff.

If Apple's products were cheaper, would you consider purchasing an Apple notebook? Let us know in the comments below!

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    jeraldjunkmail , August 26, 2009 3:55 PM
    Meh. It's still a mac. I use PC's because I know how to, and they do way more.
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    cekasone , August 26, 2009 4:00 PM
    I would definitely consider buying a Mac if they were cheaper, maybe sub $700. I like the way the MacBooks look however I'm no fan of OS X.
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    raabscuttle , August 26, 2009 4:02 PM
    Just another PC disguised as a MAC - wait all MACs are that now really, aren't they (considering that the same companies actually *make* the MACs and PCs)...
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    awaken688 , August 26, 2009 4:08 PM
    I think a lot of people are looking to move away from Windows. Windows 7 may fix that desire to some degree, but I know many people who don't want to deal with all the pop-ups asking about updating software, installing patches, etc... Granted they are older, but there is still demand for the "idea" of the Mac. At $1000, it is hard to make the leap for many when they see the PC at $500. If Apple hits the $799 mark for the base MacBook, I think a lot more people will reconsider trying it out.
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    kawininjazx , August 26, 2009 4:17 PM
    You are paying more for things like design and the OS. Also, you don't have to buy anti-virus, over a few years that saves you some money.
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    raabscuttle , August 26, 2009 4:19 PM
    P7450 processor. Not bad for a 13.3" lappy actually.. Apple is not stupid enough to let OS X be run on slow, slow processors (unlike M$).
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    allenpan , August 26, 2009 4:53 PM
    about constently update...well mac does "EXACTLY" the same with the auto update, the only difference is it just jump up and down in the dock....for antivirus,....most mac user does not even know they caught virus, intead just think their mac is jsut slower and inferior other people's pc....
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    Anonymous , August 26, 2009 4:55 PM
    I always hear the "You have to pay for antivirus for a PC, that makes up the cost difference." In 12 years, I have never paid for antivirus for a windows based system. You're paying $500 (or more) for a look (that I personally don't like, so it's subjective) and a apple logo (You can always install your favorite OS on whatever system - oh wait you can't legitimately do that with OSX)
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    doc70 , August 26, 2009 4:57 PM
    one could get it to put Ubuntu on it...although even in that case I would find cheaper systems...
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    doc70 , August 26, 2009 5:03 PM
    awaken688I think a lot of people are looking to move away from Windows. Windows 7 may fix that desire to some degree, but I know many people who don't want to deal with all the pop-ups asking about updating software, installing patches, etc... Granted they are older, but there is still demand for the "idea" of the Mac. At $1000, it is hard to make the leap for many when they see the PC at $500. If Apple hits the $799 mark for the base MacBook, I think a lot more people will reconsider trying it out.

    I still don't buy the idea of a lot of people wanting to move away from WinOS. It is so common, that nowadays you can't find an app that does not run on it (except for the MacOS dedicated apps that come with it)...so, I guess you will have to reconsider the idea...
    As someone said also, the Macs are updating as well, and if you like to live on the edge try not to install antivirus on your system...see what happens.
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    jasperjones , August 26, 2009 5:03 PM
    If I want to run a *nix, I opt for Linux, not for OS X. My employer put an iMac in my office a year ago. By now, my whole HDD is ext3. I'm running Ubuntu with occasional Windows XP under VirtualBox. I got rid of the HFS+ partition about 8 months ago--I couldn't take OS X anymore.

    Under the premise that you don't like OS X, I feel buying a MacBook is a bad proposition, as I don't exactly consider Apple to be the price leader. If Apple products were cheaper, I'd definitely consider buying a MacBook or MBP as my next laptop. Hardware-wise, I like Apple. If they only were a tad cheaper...
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    powerbaselx , August 26, 2009 5:11 PM
    "If Apple's products were cheaper, would you consider purchasing an Apple notebook? Let us know in the comments below!"

    My answer is: yes, of course.

    Think of a 40% price reduction on the entry MacBook White 13". (e.g $1000 should become $600).
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    megamanx00 , August 26, 2009 5:14 PM
    Oh, how exciting, because it's not like you can get a simular PC for $800 or less. Oh, wait.....
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    cadder , August 26, 2009 5:25 PM
    I'd love to buy one- let it come with Win7 pre-installed and OSX running in a window...
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    uncfan_2563 , August 26, 2009 5:37 PM
    yea.. i'd get one if they were cheaper but i'd run linux on it XD
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    Anonymous , August 26, 2009 5:52 PM
    It's still the most overpriced, cheapo laptop with a screen that's WAY too small. For $1000 I'd want a bigger screen, period. I have some friends with older plastic Macbooks(G4), every last one of them is falling apart...
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    dheadley , August 26, 2009 5:58 PM
    I run a mix of Vista 64 and XP on the four computers we have in the house right now but if the price is right i would move to apple machines without much trouble. I'd keep my best Vista 64/AMD/SLi gaming rig and the rest could be changed over to OSX/iLife/iWork units with absolutely zero loss of usability for the family at all.

    Actually the wife would probably find it easier to do the things she does now on the OSX machine instead of the windows/office machine she uses now. All she needs is a computer to surf the web, check email, type up a document once in awhile, and work with pictures from our digital cameras. She could care less about any other applications out there other than web browser, text editor, photo editor and email client. I've listened to her scream at Word about five times since i sat down at the computer today because it keeps reformatting her text in ways that she doesn't want.
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    jawshoeaw , August 26, 2009 5:59 PM
    $750 is the magic number for me. And that's no nonsense like 1 GB RAM or teeny HDD. 80GB SSD and I'd pay $1000.

    Regarding screen size - bigger is not better. 13.3 is a sweet spot. Make it brighter and offer non-glossy.

    I just priced out decent Dell systems and there's nothing there for less than $750
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    grieve , August 26, 2009 6:29 PM
    KawiNinjaZXYou are paying more for things like design and the OS. Also, you don't have to buy anti-virus, over a few years that saves you some money.

    Why is Apple the only company to charge for "design".

    I like other laptops as much or more the apples for appearance.
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    grieve , August 26, 2009 6:35 PM
    Everyone of us can go rip off a copy of OS X right now and install it on our machines... But we don't, because OS X sucks.

    Its over priced hardware with a shitty OS... I will never pay Apple Tax.

    I would be more friendly to Apple if the prices were competative... I would likely even give it a chance. (Although I have used OSX a fair amount and don't over like it)
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