Over the last two months (give or take), speculation has been mounting about a more affordable laptop from Apple. Rather than discontinue the notebook when it launched the line of unibody MacBook Pros, Apple retained the white polycarbonate MacBook as the only remaining MacBook in its arsenal. In August, a rumor did the rounds that talked about an industrial redesign, resulting in a slimmer, lighter MacBook with a restructured internal architecture and a price tag that remained under $1,000.
These rumors came back a month later in September, with word of updates to the iMac line too. Engagdet this past weekend cites Google AdSense ads visible to users in the Netherlands that detail a new, thinner, lighter MacBooks and a brand new iMac.
Check the translations below:
"Apple's Newest MacBook. Thinner, lighter and faster! Free delivery. Order today."
"The Brand new iMac. Ultra Thin 20 & 24 inch models. From only €1099 (roughly $1,603). Apple Store."
"Apple's New Mac mini. Faster and more affordable than ever. From only € 499 ($723). Order immediately."
Engagdet reports that all links lead to dead-ends on the Apple website. So, anyone care to hazard a guess as to when we'll hear something official from Apple?
Maybe its all some marketing ploy to divert attention from table Apple is "NOT" *wink* making.
That would appear to be the case of the typical Windows user...a recent report found: "... that Mac owners have more computers than the average consumer, and that extends over to other types of electronics, including iPods and navigation systems. Of those surveyed, 36 percent of computer owners had an iPod. The share among Mac owners, though, was 63 percent. Similarly, while 12 percent of computer-owning households have a digital SLR camera, the total is 32 percent for Mac homes.
"While Apple owners tend to own more computers and more electronics devices, there is also a high correlation among Apple owners and more affluent consumer households,” said Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis. "Thirty-six percent of Apple computer owners reported household incomes greater than $100,000, compared to 21 percent of all consumers.
He added: "With a higher household income, though, it's not a surprise that those consumers are making more electronics purchases. "The average Apple household owns 48 CE devices whereas the average computer household owns about 24. Apple household owners' actions and purchases can be used by the industry as leading indicators for hot new products and adoption."
Sucks not having money.
I was just looking at the so called "unibody" macbook a few days ago. What is unibody about it? I see removable panels on the bottom. It is not much different than a similary shaped Sony laptop computer (although ergonomically, the Sony is more functional because they aren't assenine about not including two mouse buttons on the touch pad). Plus with the way they designed the exhaust, I'm amazed the thing doesn't overheat constantly with that nvidia gpu inside. Still, it is a nice looking laptop. although the sony I was looking at the other day is about 1100 bucks with a 17" screen, Apple is never going to match that kind of deal. Kinda amazing too since usually Sony are overpriced as well.
No. Apple pricing is weird. If it cost $499 in the US then it will also be $499 Eu...which is the equivalent of $723 US.