Wednesday, May 17, 2006

What about the 12 inch?

The rumours of a zero boot time 12 inch (or 13 inch widescreen?) Powerbook replacement, with instant on flash memory, almost had me lining up outside my nearest Apple Store with my credit card in my hand. But the fate of the 12 inch PowerBook now seems sealed...


I've been waiting for something "much cooler" than a replacement for the the 12, 15 and 17 inch Powerbooks ever since the introduction of the 15 inch MacBook Pro in January, and unless rumours of the "real" video iPod and the supposed Mac tablet turn out to be a range of Newton style replacement devices, it looks like I'm in for a disappointment. It currently doesn't look like there isn't going to be replacement, "cooler" or not, at all...

Which is confusing. I've talked before about how the core demographics of the laptop market is splitting into two with the road warriors, who would kill for another half hour of battery, or half a kilogram less of laptop, and the power users who desperately want another couple of inches of screen real estate, and another hundred gigabytes of hard drive.

But Apple no longer offer something for the road warriors, who are unlikely to want to settle for a MacBook instead of a MacBook Pro. Surely Apple must be planning something in the new line up to fill the gap?

Update: It's official, there will not be a replacement (via TUAW) for the 12 inch Powerbook. So, where now for the road warrior?

Update: Some of us aren't waiting for something much cooler, but instead something insanely great. It looks like I'm not the only one disappointed in the new laptops. I guess I just expected more from Apple, something truly innovative, something that persuaded me that I wanted to sell a kidney to poses it...