New MacBook Pro Line Hitting at or before WWDC 2007?


The Rumormill is abuzz with news about the LED screens that will be making their way into Apple’s new MacBooks and their power savings. With a technology switch like this, expect Apple to be able to make long awaited design changes to the Pro line of Macbooks. Also, we’ve heard about bottom loading optical media bays (can we finally be done with optical yet?!) Not to mention Apple’s pledge to be greener and concluding statement: “We are also beginning to explore the overall carbon ‘footprint’ of our products, and may have some interesting data and issues to share later this year.” Oh Steve, why must you tease us? read on…

You know what else is green? Solid state drives. Apple will use them, no doubt at some point – afterall they need to play catch up with Samsung, Sony and company. But here’s the kicker: They will also use traditional hard drives for storing media like music, videos and photos. There is no way Apple is going to sell you a product with only 20 Gigs of space for media. The boot drive will be a 16-32GB fast (seek time – not necessarily large data flow), efficient solid state.

On a related note, no one seems to be mentioning the Embedded Mac OS platform that is being used in the MacTV and iPhone – it’s the biggest news of the year and it’s hardly getting any coverage! Perhaps an iTablet device could be released alongside the new iPhone and laptops filling the subcompact niche. It would make sense for this device to run an embedded version of the Mac OS. Windows tablets running full XP and Vista have been notoriously clunky.

Imagine, if you will, a 12″ iTablet that is nothing more than a beefed up (not thicker) iPhone with Cingular HSDPA, Wifi, 32GB of Ram, 12 hour battery, etc. It can be done, so why not?

Edit: also note the Santa Rosa Processors which add more fuel to the 7 alarm fire…

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