Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Apple rumours

Apple rumours in the lead up to Macworld in January are two a penny, ranging from the merely unlikely to truly bizarre. Amidst the tumult Apple Matters asks, "What do you want out of Intel based Mac laptops?". It's a good question, even if asked in a tongue and cheek manner...

What would I like to see? A wide-screen, slim line, light weight, version of the 12" Powerbook with a multiple mouse button trackpad, since they've already done that with the Mighty Mouse.

More interestingly perhaps, since the Powerbooks already come with WiFi and Bluetooth. Why not GSM, or better yet, 3G connectivity as well? They could sell it as having a "connection everywhere", and it'd blow most current smart handsets out of the water. Apple could even think of it as a practice run for building a proper iPhone, rather than the horror of the Motorola ROKR.

Of course, we're all still waiting for our Bluetooth or WiFi enabled iPods, and a Bluetooth version of the Mighty Mouse, amongst other things...

Update: Blogging the January Macworld keynote live...

2 comments:

  1. You haven't heard that they've discontinued the 12" PowerBook? When Intel chips come along, rumours are there'll be a 13" iBook, a 15" PowerBook, and a 17" PowerBook. Can't remember where I read that, though...

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  2. Are you talking about this post?

    If so I'm not really sure what the phrase "The 12-inch PowerBook is no longer on Apple's roadmap" means in the context, as they link to another post back in August which is talking about the last Power PC updates to the Powerbook range rather than the move to Intel.

    If they do mean that the 12" is gone for good I'm not sure what I'll buy when I finally need an upgrade. A 15" is just too big to cart around for me, I go through too many airports...

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