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Rumor: Apple to Give White MacBook a Revamp

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
    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
    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
    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
    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 $799 mark for the base MacBook, I think a lot more people will reconsider trying it out.
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  • kawininjazx
    You are paying more for things like design and the OS. Also, you don't have to buy anti-virus, over a few years that saves you some money.
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  • raabscuttle
    P7450 processor. Not bad for a 13.3" lappy actually.. Apple is not stupid enough to let OS X be run on slow, slow processors (unlike M$).
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  • allenpan
    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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  • 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
    one could get it to put Ubuntu on it...although even in that case I would find cheaper systems...
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  • doc70
    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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