Beta

Slashdot: News for Nerds

×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

New MacBook Case Leak Rumors

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the dear-god-i-need-a-new-machine dept.

243

Someone noted that there are more macbook case leaks which look to all but confirm a new MacBook and possibly a MacBook Pro expected to be announced for later this week. There seem to be fewer ports, and no leaks of a 17" aircraft carrier laptop.

cancel ×

243 comments

whoopdifriggindo (2, Insightful)

Plantain (1207762) | more than 5 years ago | (#25354837)

whoopdifriggindo.

Re:whoopdifriggindo (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25355217)

I wonder why this is "offtopic"? I know this is what I was thinking when I read the article. Do we need a /vertisement each time a vendor releases a new product? No innovation here.

Re:whoopdifriggindo (1, Insightful)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355267)

No kidding. Here's a logged in user first-posting something the article was later tagged as, and somehow it's "offtopic".

Re:whoopdifriggindo (3, Insightful)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355827)

I've been waiting for several months for an updated product line from Apple, so it's at least news to me. OS X has an even larger market share than Linux on the desktop, and we damn sure read about every little Ubuntu release here... I don't really see the problem. Apple is getting bigger too, not smaller.

Re:whoopdifriggindo (5, Insightful)

KeX3 (963046) | more than 5 years ago | (#25356029)

Difference is that apple has not released anything, nor have they confirmed that they are releasing anything, it's all just speculation - ergo not newsworthy at all. In other news: Scientists say that the sun will rise again tomorrow. Stay tuned for more information, and pre-rise photos of famous landmarks.

Re:whoopdifriggindo (1, Insightful)

byolinux (535260) | more than 5 years ago | (#25356297)

This is a website primarily for free software and GNU/Linux news though. I know in recent years that has weakened slightly, but I think the release of a bunch of software that everyone is encouraged to download, share, study, modify, run and distribute is somewhat different to 'proprietary software company release new model of their $2000 operating system dongle' in terms of its usefulness to society.

Re:whoopdifriggindo (0)

ROMRIX (912502) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355993)

Apparently That's what happens when you give a Mac Fanboy a few mod points.

After reading what I just wrote I see that that statement was a little over the top obvious wasn't it.
Almost to the point of not having to be said. Oh well, whoopdifriggindo!

Having seen the pictures (0)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 5 years ago | (#25354857)

i wonder , is that a virtual keyboard!

Re:Having seen the pictures (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 5 years ago | (#25356077)

Nope, it's just unlabeled glass keys.

"dera-god-i-need-a-new-machine"... (1, Funny)

Gorphrim (11654) | more than 5 years ago | (#25354861)

and a new spell checker

Wait for Tuesday.... (5, Informative)

PlatyPaul (690601) | more than 5 years ago | (#25354869)

Seriously, we knew more laptops were coming [cnet.com] , but it's just one day away to get the actual announcement.

Re:Wait for Tuesday.... (4, Funny)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355089)

Seriously, we knew more laptops were coming [cnet.com], but it's just one day away to get the actual announcement.

Yeah, but the Mac fans are all on the edge of their seats! Gotta know in advance of the announcement! Of course, true Mac fans will all be watching the actual announcement live on podcast tomorrow because The Great and Mighty Steve may actually say something important!

The true Mac fan will, of course, be meditating on all The Great Steve has to say....ooooohhhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmmmm......must achieve enlightenment.....oooooohhhhhhhmmmmmmmmm......

Re:Wait for Tuesday.... (2)

ukdmbfan (904348) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355589)

Meh, if it's a choice between that and Steve Ballmer spitting in your face I know which one I'd choose...

Re:Wait for Tuesday.... (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 5 years ago | (#25356099)

What, no reference to flying chairs?

Re:Wait for Tuesday.... (2, Funny)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355615)

Is that when they have the annual chair throwing competition?

Re:Wait for Tuesday.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25355213)

You must be new to this whole Apple rumors thing.

Re:Wait for Tuesday.... (4, Funny)

The Great Pretender (975978) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355379)

I like the recessed keyboard. It'll act like a drain and funnel spilled liquids into the computer rather than letting them leak on my desk.

Re:Wait for Tuesday.... (1)

lysergic.acid (845423) | more than 5 years ago | (#25356131)

actually, the Lenovo x-series tablets have spill-resistant keyboards [lenovo.com] that channel spills out the bottom of the system without damaging internal components. having a recessed keyboard or not doesn't make much of a difference when there are open gaps where liquids can seep through between the keys. it's what you do with the liquid that gets under the keys that matters.

i don't know if Macs have this safety feature, but having a raised keyboard won't protect it from spills any more than a recessed keyboard.

Re:Wait for Tuesday.... (1)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 5 years ago | (#25356165)

The best news is refurb store is going to be flooded. I'm looking to replace my 1st Gen Intel MBP with a newer Core 2 Duo Multi-Touch pad.

Full 1 year warranty (just like the new stuff) at a pretty good discount.

Re:Wait for Tuesday.... (-1, Troll)

gsgriffin (1195771) | more than 5 years ago | (#25356171)

But will it give the Mac fanboys an erection by just looking at it? That is the true test of a Mac. That's why they bought it in the first place. What else is worth that much money?

Boring. (5, Insightful)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 5 years ago | (#25354905)

Okay this is just dull. A new case? There really better be more to it.
Things I would love to see.
A new Mac Cube. A slightly larger mac mini with a PCIe slot for a video board ,a 7200 RPM drive, maybe room for an extra drive, and two to four dimm sockets.
Price $499. It would kill HP and Dell in one fell swoop.
A mac Netbook.
Back in the day the Steves tried to make computers for everyone. Now the Steve makes them for the "elite". Kind of sad in a way.
Yes I do like their good design work and great OS but they are making money hand over foot so why not go for a knock out?
The Apple Volksputer.

Sorry, (4, Insightful)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355029)

Nothing is going to kill Dell/HP except for themselves. The simple fact is most people buying PCs don't care about Mac because it does not have Windows on it. I know some live in a fantasy world but it is true, people don't care. If it works and they are used to it they will keep it.

As for those specs, Apple is doing a good job of moving further away from end user friendly hardware with each and every release. Steve isn't making computers for the "elite", he is making computers that make Apple money and making Apple money means that if you want an upgrade you buy a new computer.

Re:Sorry, (4, Insightful)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355253)

I don't think you get it. People don't want Windows anymore. They want their software. I see more and more people buying Apples then running Windows on bootcamp, Fusion, and Parallels. The average home user just need a browser, email, iTunes, Quickin, and TruboTax. Maybe a few casual games.
The average home user can already move to the Mac with little to no problem.
The big thing is cost. If apple would come out with a Mac Mini that only cost $499 and was expandable You would see even more people buy them. The game market for the Mac would massively increase as would video card options.
People only buy Windows machines for two reasons. They are cheap or they have to run some program under windows.
Apple is already increasing their market share and more and more developers are porting to the Mac. Soon it will be only the the cost that keeps people on Windows.
Heck I am a Linux guy at heart but If Apple produced a $499 expandable Mac I would buy it.

Re:Sorry, (-1, Flamebait)

not already in use (972294) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355341)

I really think Apple is intentionally keeping their market share low by catering to people with money. If all the sudden they have a respectable market share, they might have to shift focus to actually creating a secure operating system, which would take precious time away from shiny UI development.

Oh, and if you want a little proof that Apple isn't so hot on security, take a look on their turnaround on the two recent privilege escalation exploits and most notably, the widespread DNS exploit for which they were last to fix, in an almost negligent capacity.

Re:Sorry, (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355471)

As opposed to the sieve that is Windows? Apple has a good number of machine out now and no where near the exploits of Windows. Could Apple do better? Yes they could but then the number of Windows issues I have had to deal with over the years makes that look trivial.

Re:Sorry, (1, Interesting)

not already in use (972294) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355685)

Windows has over 90% of the desktop market share, and well over that in the corporate environment. Windows XP and Vista are far more thoroughly scrutinized. You can thank OS X security to it's sub 10% market share. If, overnight OS X jumped to 90% market share, it would be torn to pieces. Security on OS X is nothing more than a facade.

Re:Sorry, (1, Interesting)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355749)

I have dealt with the mess that is Windows for a very long time. Windows security has been none existent for a long time. It is just now getting to be one step above a terrible joke. Guess what? I work for a software developer. So I do know windows inside and out. It is ugly ugly ugly.

Re:Sorry, (4, Insightful)

not already in use (972294) | more than 5 years ago | (#25356017)

I work for a software developer

Well, those are some impressive credentials. What are you, secretary? Assistant (to the) regional manager?

So I do know windows inside and out.

Oh, so what does this imply? That you know the .NET stack? In-depth knowledge of the Win32 API?

Can you at least make an argument without using baseless claims and accusations? Anecdotal evidence, hard evidence, anything?

Re:Sorry, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25356043)

Not prioritising security fixes just because your primary competition is much, much worse isn't a trait / policy that makes me want to buy from Apple much.

Re:Sorry, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25355701)

I'm sorry too. Cause if I go into a coffee shop that has free wifi I see about 50 non-Mac machines and maaaaybe 1 Apple out of the whole bunch. I don't get where "I see more and more people buying Apples" comes from unless you work in an Apple store. Seriously, their share is growing but I wouldn't go acting like there's some form of Apple revolution going on that you see but the rest of the world is blind to. I have at least 2 clients who own 1 Apple machine each but continue to buy Acer, Dell, etc. not Apples as you seem to imply that they will. Sorry, being a fanboi doesn't make your hallucinations a reality.

Re:Sorry, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25355871)

I assume you mean expandable with an open architecture? Nope.. not gonna happen. Apple has done very well controlling the hardware platform. It greatly reduces the number of hardware related bugs you have to manage. Imagine all the hassle of "oh, you have an NVidia card? Call Nvidia for support"

People buy Windows/Linux boxes for many reasons, one of which is that you have more hardware flexibility, but it comes at a cost.. less platform stability.

Re:Sorry, (1)

bazorg (911295) | more than 5 years ago | (#25356053)

The average home user just need a browser, email, iTunes, Quickin, and TruboTax. Maybe a few casual games.

so those guys wanting to exchange Linux netbooks for the WinXP version are not average users?

Re:Sorry, (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 5 years ago | (#25356157)

I didn't know that they had Linux versions of itunes and quickin?
Actually nobody that buys a netbook is an average user. And that was from one manufacture. I believe it since none of the netbook versions of Linux I have seen have been that good.

Re:Sorry, (1)

AIkill (1021773) | more than 5 years ago | (#25356097)

Actually, many people are just unaware of the options they have. Truthfully, people dont care a much about OS as they do hardware. Programs and applications are fine and all, but a average user judges a computer based on its hardware specs. A bigger problem for Macs is that they are not as available as PCs. You can find PC stores in almost every town out there. However Macs are only available in some areas and there are far fewer repair locations that are not places that just ship the Macs back to Apple.

However, if you want to talk about OS and applications, Apple themselves have put up a barrier to that. In order to actually develop programs for Macs, you have to pay them quite a bit of money just to get the basic dev tools, and even more in order to make higher end programs. Windows and Linux on the other hand dont have this problem. In the end, what needs to happen is people should be made aware of what each OS is really ment for. Mac OSs are very good with media manipulation and graphic design, Windows is good with business software, servers, and games, and Linux is just as good at all of these, it just has a problem with many people not knowing about it.

Well, that does it for this rant. So now i go back to my little hovel and custom, self-built triple OS monster.

Re:Sorry, (3, Insightful)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 5 years ago | (#25356331)

"Apple themselves have put up a barrier to that. In order to actually develop programs for Macs, you have to pay them quite a bit of money just to get the basic dev tools, and even more in order to make higher end programs."
Huhh?
Okay do you know how much MSDN+Visual Studio costs?
The professional version is $1,199 per year!
It goes up from there.
For the ADC it starts at $499. But you can get ADC online version which includes XCode for... Free.
Apple is if anything is cheaper than Windows for the official developers packages.
Free "gcc" development tools are available for both.

Steve can't just keep doing that as EFiX and Pstar (2, Insightful)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355271)

Steve can't just keep doing that as EFiX and Psystar will pass apple up and if Psystar where to win a fee key points in court then apple will have to respond and come out with a real desktop mid-tower.

Also the mini is over year old with the same price how does that make people want to buy a new computer?

nvidia on board video / chipsets is a good step in putting better video in mac systems as $1200 or less systems have better video then the $1500 mac book black and the $2000 mac book pro has weak video next other $1500+ laptops.

Apple should make the mac book and mac book pro in to one line. $2000 to get a 15" screen and $2800 for 17" is way to high. Also they should have a 13" - 14" system with good video for people who want to have a mid to high mid-range low-high end video card but not a big screen.

Re:Steve can't just keep doing that as EFiX and Ps (1)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355735)

And when Pystar and EFiX win. Apple doesn't get as much revenue to continue to develop their OS. So they stop. Then what will Pystar and EFiX push?

Sales of mac os x will go up and apple will have t (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355877)

Sales of mac os x will go up and apple will have to come out with better priced hardware that getting updated faster and have a desktop mid-tower with desktop parts and a real video card.

starting at $600 - $700 and up they can keep a low end $500 or less mini for the people who want a small system.

$2300 for a sever / high end workstation is over the top for most people and the mini is too week. The Imacs use laptop parts and have poor screen choice. If there was more choice matte or glossy. As well as screen size not being tied to higher end cpus then the imac will be a better choice as you should be able to get a imac with a good cpu + video in a small screen and big screen with out the high end video card and cpu.

Re:Sorry, (3, Informative)

Count Fenring (669457) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355401)

Yeah... except that people do care. Maybe people aren't switching en masse out of hand, but Mac's percentage of the market has been rising, and (anecdotal evidence, yada yada) I know several people who've made the switch already, and several others who are just waiting for the end of their current computer's useful lifetime. Not that Mac is going to suddenly overwhelm the PC market, but it's not infeasible to compete with and/or overthrow monopolies, just hard. Plus, the likelihood of Dell/HP killing themselves isn't really small enough to discount.

Also, people don't actually buy computers for Windows. In fact, if Vista showed anything, it's that people buy computers FOR THE COMPUTER. If the OS makes it look more likely that the computer will be buggy, well, that will inhibit growth.

A lot of Mac's decisions do irk me, but I also feel that I have to point out that they're close to being as upgradeable as the PC in each product subcategory. Their laptop isn't particularly locked down by laptop standards, although it does lack a fscking manual eject on the CD-ROM*. The iMac is at least as upgradable as Gateway's or Sony's "Computer + monitor," and isn't a piece of crap, to boot. The Mini... well, the Mini is locked down, but it's also half the size of the Shuttle mini cases. The Mac Pro... I've not looked at it, but it seems upgradeable enough.

* Off topic, but holy crap I hate that there's no way to physically force the Mac laptops to give back your CD if it can't recognize that it has it.

Re:Sorry, (3, Interesting)

loconet (415875) | more than 5 years ago | (#25356039)

I recently went back to school after some years of working in the industry. To say that people don't care if the computer does not have Windows on it is a conjuncture that might have had some validity in 2001. Now a days people are not afraid to leave Windows. I look around at most of my classes and 8/10 kids with laptops are actually using Apple! These are the same kids who in a couple of years will be graduating and going into the industry. I predict a major shift away from Windows. It has already started. Microsoft is slowly becoming less relevant.

Re:Boring. (1)

Hadlock (143607) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355103)

A mac mini with pci-e and adequate ventilation and I'd buy one tomorrow - and I don't say things like that too often. Dissapointed in the direction mac laptop keyboards have been moving. I love the "scissor action" of my "TiBook" powerbook but I can't stand the flat keys/odd feeling 'spacing'.

Re:Boring. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25355209)

pci-e won't do you any good. Apple's is non-standard. You are limited to whatever they list on their site. That ain't much, and you'll find they're somewhat dearer than the equivalent PC boards.

Re:Boring. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25355437)

Mmm, not quite. The hardware is completely standard, the stopping point is more software: firmware on the card and driver support in the OS. There are also third-party cards, for example a number of mac vendors now offer radeon hd 3k and 4k boards.

Re:Boring. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25355221)

The case of the leaky aircraft carrier?

Re:Boring. (3, Insightful)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355651)

The "new case" really is the interesting part if various rumours are to be believed. Word has it that Apple's fabricating the shells from aluminium using a proprietary laser/hydro cutter setup, and has slashed costs as a result. They may even be constructing the shells and assembling the machines in-house now, something they dabbled with in the past. A leaked price list for the new range of notebooks includes a $800 machine that may well be the new entry-level Macbook.

Re:Boring. (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 5 years ago | (#25356089)

If apple started to manufacture systems themselves then yes that would be big news. The problem is all the leaks seem to come from China so I don't think that is a big deal.
Machining the case? Well CNC milling is very old. A new production process that makes it cheaper. Mildly interesting to the end user and only if it drops the price of the case.
Now if they where casting them then that might be interesting but milling seems like a waste. I know they will recycle the scraps but I would think casting would be more eco friendly.

Re:Boring. (1)

cawpin (875453) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355893)

I would buy two.

Re:Boring. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25355979)

What I'd like to see: unbundle OS X and partner with vendors such as Dell and OEMS such as Intel, AMD and nVidia and give me the bit that I want without the overblown, overpriced hardware I most certainly will not buy.

Re:Boring. (1)

TJamieson (218336) | more than 5 years ago | (#25356081)

Not dull to me-- they're apparently killing off FireWire in the MacBook!

Re:Boring. (1)

gsgriffin (1195771) | more than 5 years ago | (#25356283)

Funny! You're asking for a Mac to be like an average WinPc but with the Mac OS. Why are we not simply begging for Apple to sell the OS like MS? Oh yeh, it would crap out with huge variety of hardware options and then have to deal with what MS deals with. Forget it. Leave the Apple monoploy like it is. If the Mac fanboys get their way, there will be no options on who you buy a computer from and what OS it will run. Apple will make MS look pale in comparison to the big-brother concept and a monopoly. You will just have to hope that Apple will always provide you the cool things and great innovations...even when they are not having to compete hard to be first. Is that the reality we are hoping for? Really? Then their marketing definitely sold you. Love the OS. Don't care about the hardware (or new potential hardware), hate the idea of one company controlling both hardware and software...no matter who they are!

Rumors that the case leaks? (5, Funny)

feepness (543479) | more than 5 years ago | (#25354937)

Well, there goes my plan for cooling with mineral oil! [tomshardware.com]

Re:Rumors that the case leaks? (1)

thered2001 (1257950) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355039)

In my professional experience, I've found that at least 9 out of 10 laptop cases leak. Try taping up all the holes to keep your oil in!

Actually, this is slightly interesting (3, Informative)

thered2001 (1257950) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355011)

It looks like they fixed a problem I have with the current MacBook Pro: hairs near my wrists get stuck in the tiny crack between the top surface and the gray plastic edge. The new design seems to have abandoned this (albeit, very minor) irritant. Not sure this needed /. front page position, though.

Re:Actually, this is slightly interesting (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25355131)

in the gay community, a hairy man is often referred to as a 'bear' !

Re:Actually, this is slightly interesting (3, Funny)

thered2001 (1257950) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355309)

LOL! I don't know if this is intended to be informative or insulting...but I'm slightly less a 'bear' now thanks to my MacBook Pro.

Re:Actually, this is slightly interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25355949)

You seem pretty knowledgeable about the gay scene.

Re:Actually, this is slightly interesting (1)

argent (18001) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355565)

Sounds like you shouldn't hack on the night of the full moon. :)

Re:Actually, this is slightly interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25355789)

If the seam is instead on the bottom of the case, it could be a lot worse.

Portuguese Buyers BE AWARE (1, Informative)

DirtyFly (765689) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355031)

I'm posting this to alert any Portuguese buyers who plan to sink any money into a mac, macs are great, OS X ROCKS, but technical assistence is NILL in Portugal, I had my mac book dead, took it ot repair, and 30 days later still nothing !, luckilly I bought it on a good dealer that following the law gave me my $$$ back !!!
If apple does not open a direct office here in Portugal I wont buy a mac again !!!
BE AWARE IMC or Interlog is NOT apple , they are the lousyest exclusive technitians in Portugal !!!
Jorge

nice case. (from what we can see) (2, Insightful)

apodyopsis (1048476) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355033)

Love em, or hate em because of their proprietary leanings and nefarious practices - you have to admit that Apple makes *gorgeous* hardware.

Well, maybe I'll settle for some of the best looking hardware around.

If I could, then I would and extra 50 quid (that's great British pounds btw) for a bare PC in a nice milled metal aluminum case...

When everything is knocked up in China on a cost basis, you lose something in the way of aesthetics..

Re:nice case. (from what we can see) (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25355159)

Apple hardware looks gorgeous on websites and when you first get it out of the box.

But then the cheap plastic starts to discolour and your iPhones screen becomes a mess of finger prints even if you wash your hands between every press. Your Macbook case starts to crack a little near the hinges.

Apple hardware should stay in screenshots where it looks pretty and nowhere else.

Re:nice case. (from what we can see) (1)

mikael_j (106439) | more than 5 years ago | (#25356141)

That's strange, my iPhone's screen isn't "a mess of finger prints", but then OTOH I don't eat greasy food while using it, and I wipe it off if it does become messy (about every 2-3 days, takes around 10 seconds).

As for the plastic in consumer Macs, I've had no problem with discoloration, but then I don't blow smoke on them, smear various substances on them or expose them to other hostile environmental factors.

Maybe you should either a) actually use Apple hardware before trolling, or b) treat your hardware a bit better?

/Mikael

Re:nice case. (from what we can see) (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355753)

When everything is knocked up in China on a cost basis, you lose something in the way of aesthetics.

Apple's machines are knocked up in China, strictly speaking. Like HP, Dell, etc. they mostly contract Chinese firms to build hardware to their designs.

17" Mac Book Pro HD = greatest laptop ever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25355037)

Search your feelings, you know it to be true...

Apple posts rock for two reasons (1, Troll)

exabrial (818005) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355049)

1. Anti-Mac people let loose a hail storm of complaints which are just hilarious. It's amazing how many people hate apple for no good reason... well other than the pompous attitude of some of it's user base. (why can't we just get back to hating on $MS honestly) 2. I actually like hearing about a company that is innovating in the marketplace rather than shouting, "ME2!!!!!!!!" Can't think of the last time I saw $MS actually invent something they couldn't sue, buy out or copy.

Re:Apple posts rock for two reasons (1)

Registered Coward v2 (447531) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355195)

I actually like hearing about a company that is innovating in the marketplace rather than shouting, "ME2!!!!!!!!" Can't think of the last time I saw $MS actually invent something they couldn't sue, buy out or copy.

MS does that because they can make a ton of money that way - let someone else do the market research for them, and then swoop in and buy or obliterate the innovator if they succeed; and not spend the R&D dollars if they fail.

Overall, not a bad strategy; fast followers can be very successful if they can execute rapidly.

Re:Apple posts rock for two reasons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25355425)

Micro$oft == App£e

both suck ass, you tard boy

Re:Apple posts rock for two reasons (4, Insightful)

Count Fenring (669457) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355519)

Pompous attitude of its user base... ethical concerns over its atmosphere of secrecy and dodgey take on copyright and patent issues... I could go on.

I'm not a Mac hater, but neither are they the shining gods of saving us all.

P.S. It's M$. You know, because the dollar sign looks like an 'S'.

Re:Apple posts rock for two reasons (2, Insightful)

not already in use (972294) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355617)

It's amazing how many people hate apple for no good reason

Hate Apple for no good reason? Apple is the new Microsoft. Apple updater on Windows is malware, installing poorly written USB drivers without your consent to push their DRM agenda while, reducing system stability. iTunes is a huge steaming pile of bloated shit. They NDA they're freaking App Store denial letters, for Christ's sake (along with anyone using the iPhone SDK for that matter). They try to lock you into their overpriced platform. This is the same company trying to DRM a fucking SHOE, so you can't use your Nike+ sensor in a non-Nike+ shoe. Worst of all, the Apple "people" who seem to turn a blind eye to anything Apple does.

Re:Apple posts rock for two reasons (1, Interesting)

IceCreamGuy (904648) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355747)

...$MS actually invent something they couldn't sue, buy out or copy

Yeah, because everyone had things like Exchange Server and Active Directory before '$MS' (Don't you mean 'M$?'). Netware and Groupwise were great in 1998, but welcome to the real world in 2008 where Apple is still irrelevant in the business world and Microsoft has some unique products. Oh, remember how M$ completely ripped off System Restore from Apple's Time Machine? I don't because it actually happened the other way around. Microsoft is a shitty, dirty, underhanded company in a lot of ways, but you clearly don't know why, you are just ill-informed and like '$MS bashing.'

Re:Apple posts rock for two reasons (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25355843)

Wow! A troll modded as Insightful? Now, this has to be the Apple section of /.

Oh wait...

Just a guess (1)

kellyb9 (954229) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355077)

I'm going to venture a guess and say it will be all white and have a few USB/firewire ports.

Re:Just a guess (1)

argent (18001) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355501)

It looks like it's going to be aluminum and may have no firewire ports.

Re:Just a guess (1)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355765)

No Firewire 400 ports. Firewire 800 and 3200 are smaller.

What they need... (2, Informative)

Vandil X (636030) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355095)

...a Mac laptop with decent NVidia graphics card capable of playing most popular PC games and MMOs like WoW, EQ2, etc when booted into Windows via Bootcamp... and priced in the $800-$1400 range.

The things would sell like hotcakes.

The currently Macbook Pros underwhelm with their graphics cards at the prices they're listed at.

Re:What they need... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25355229)

You know, that's actually what's rumored to be released tomorrow.
NVidia chipset, 800 USD. Cheaper thanks to new production tech.

Re:What they need... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25355259)

So basically, you want Apple to become just another Windows vendor.

I don't think you understand their business model.

Re:What they need... (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355773)

I think HP make some of those, just without OSX. I kid, but what they really need is a decent graphics card on their consumer range and to drum up developer support for MacOS-specific games.

Re:What they need... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25355933)

WoW runs in OSX and it is also the same cd that installs for windows. Maybe more companies should take the lead like Blizzard.

Goodbye Firewire (1)

mactard (1223412) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355139)

First it's the MacBook Air, then the Macbook. Why must Apple destroy Firewire?

whoa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25355143)

you mean the new one's leak toxic gas too!

what a feature!

Er... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25355165)

Wow, timely. You think? Later this week? Known to some... well, okay, everybody... as "tomorrow"?

okay I like apple but (3, Insightful)

ILongForDarkness (1134931) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355193)

Why less ports? My MacBook Pro has less ports than a mid line ThinkPad I had at my last job. I had 3 USB ports I seem to recall, my MacBook Pro only has two. I have one used for an external harddrive/keyboard (they are multiplexed through my monitor) and the other one for my cordless mouse. Great so when I need to use a thumb drive or something I got to choose between my full sized keyboard or my mouse :-)

The sad thing is presumably these extra components have gotten cheaper as USB is old tech as is Firewire. While connectivity realestate is at a premium for a laptop I'd think you'd want to have at least comparable to your competitions mid range offering.

Re:okay I like apple but (1)

korean.ian (1264578) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355533)

I fully agree. My wife's HP tablet has more USB ports than the MBP I'm typing this on. Surely adding more ports is the way forward, or at the very least, not removing them?

Re:okay I like apple but (2, Insightful)

Fahrvergnuugen (700293) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355719)

You should be using BlueTooth for your cordless mouse and firewire for your external drive ;)

Re:okay I like apple but (1)

SaDan (81097) | more than 5 years ago | (#25356047)

Because dealing with dead batteries in your mouse/keyboard is so much better than adding a third USB port.

Firewire is all but dead in the consumer world.

Re:okay I like apple but (2, Insightful)

SimonGhent (57578) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355945)

Why less ports?

Because more people use wireless - the new Apple cordless mouse and keyboard are Bluetooth.

If you have to use a USB mouse + keyboard + hard disk + pen drive you're obviously at home so just buy a USB hub. Extra bonus - only one thing to plug in each time.

Re:okay I like apple but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25356079)

All the Apple keyboards have a couple USB ports on them. And the cable lengths on Apple's mice, etc, suggests that you plug the mouse in there, not the computer.

My guess is that this case is for something like a revision of the Air, which is hyper-minimal.

Yawn. (2, Insightful)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355243)

Apple used to do unique laptops. Now their stuff looks just like everyone else's (perhaps just a bit more refined). If they still offered the"clamshell" iBook, updated to the same specs as the current MacBook and same prices, I'd be more inclined to take the cutesy colorful one.

Too thin for practical structural integrity. (2, Interesting)

plasmacutter (901737) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355281)

Having owned a macbook with a much thicker plastic case, and looking at this one, I can't help but comment on how the form factor to case thickness ratio is very similar.

The macbook continues to warp very easily to this day, causing the fan housing to do the same, and the blades of the fan to scrape the housing.

Apple is starting to value form OVER function rather than form AND function. I'm going to be waiting a good long time until apple starts introducing stiffening trusses. I'm pretty sure aluminum won't be as forgiving of that kind of structural distortion.

"starting to"? (3, Funny)

argent (18001) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355385)

Apple is starting to value form OVER function

"starting to"?

Re:Too thin for practical structural integrity. (1)

somethinghollow (530478) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355475)

It's ok. The "iBrick" billet aluminum rumors were only half true. To put your fears to rest, it turns out it's made of adamantium rather than aluminum. At least, that is what my inside source tells me.

is it really so .. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25355377)

methinks it's pathethic to post on this case. is there anything that is so exciting (almost arousal) about it ?

regards
zetho

Macrumors.com (4, Informative)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355399)

I thought I should mention MacRumors [macrumors.com] , a long-established site for Mac-related rumors and news, since it looks like Taco wasn't aware there are already sites that do this sort of thing.

Tags (0, Flamebait)

Wizard Drongo (712526) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355419)

A little offtopic perhaps, but I just had to write a reply on how AWESOME tags are :)

The tag "whoopdefuckingdo" is most hilarious. I was actually laughing to the point of pain when I saw it.

Oh, and yeah, new macbook: nice case, greaat it's finally got a real 3D chip. Shame there's no firewire. Even if I could afford to upgrade my original macbook to it I wouldn't; I'm not buying new (slower) hard drive caddies and losing my ability to edit film. Teh suck Apple, Teh suck!

Rephrase that title? (1)

Captain Spam (66120) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355549)

Perhaps the title of the summary could be rephrased such that it doesn't sound like there's a rumor that MacBook cases leak something?

Though that WOULD be more interesting than the story we actually GOT...

Case leaks? (4, Interesting)

Jafafa Hots (580169) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355665)

Man, I thought for a moment this was a story about another dangerous flaw being suppressed and denied by Apple. Case leaks. Some mysterious goo or battery acid comes pouring out of your macbook.

Get it must be because of MS's new ads (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25355675)

Yeah, I am a PC.

LOL. riiiiigggghhhhttttt.

OMFG!! (4, Funny)

chord.wav (599850) | more than 5 years ago | (#25355903)

OMFG!! Did ...Did you see THAT!?? I can't believe it! Ohh noooo! He couldn't! Damn, Steve nailed it again! Ohh nooo, it is..it is sooo G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S! The first *aluminium* MacBook...Brilliant! And did you see the keyholes?? OMG it has soooomany! Damn I want one! And the bigger trackpad?...Astonishing! I better ran off to camp in the waiting line and keep posting from there...

what is the size? (1)

fermion (181285) | more than 5 years ago | (#25356143)

It is hard to tell the size from the pictures. Fewer ports might indicate another very small macbook pro. As many recall, the missing link is the laptop line is a small pro device. Not much more than 4 lbs, 1 inch thick should be possible with the new tech. The 15" pro is few inches to big a over a pound too heavy.
Load More Comments
Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...