The New Macbook
Rumors about the future of Apple’s Macbook Pro series have been running wild lately.
Some people speculate that Apple is about to cancel the Macbook production, shifting their focus to more profitable areas such as the iPhone and iPad.
Other rumors anticipate the fusion of the Macbook Pro and Air – something I find very desirable.
We love portability
I currently have a Macbook Pro 13″, and I’m very happy about it.
However weight is always a concern when talking about portable devices. At 2 kilos, it’s quite the sumo wrestler compared to it’s Airy counterpart sneaking around at 1.3 kilos.
Height: 2.41 cm
Width: 36.4 cm
Depth: 24.9 cm
Weight: 2.5 kg
Height: 2.41 cm
Width: 32.5 cm
Depth: 22.7 cm
Weight: 2.0 kg
Height: 1.83-0.9 cm
Width: 34.6 cm
Depth: 22.8 cm
Weight: 1.7 kg
The 15″ is even worse at 2.5 kilos. The extra screen estate is certainly nice but it just feels too bulky! I’m quite sure I’m not the only one thinking this way – judging from the high sales figures of the Air.
Whether the ‘pro’ name is going to stick around and the Air will be offered as a even lighter variant in the future – is not to tell.
Thin is the keyword
But changes are quite certain so I have decided to visualize my idea of a future Macbook!
I have maintained the design from the Pro but slimmed it down.
By changing the harddrive to a flash based SSD and saying bye bye to the optical drive, the profile can be made quite a lot thinner.
As these parts are pretty heavy too, most of the weight savings can be found here.
OLED are the panels of the future
Recently a new type of panels have found their way into phones: OLED.
I am a happy user of the Super Amoled+ found in the Galaxy S2 – it simply looks amazing.
If such screens were available in laptops they would look stunning!
They are thin, have very high contrast and need no backlight – which makes them the perfect choice for the future Macbook – however quite expensive.
As you can see in the renders the bezel it much more narrow, making room for a 15″ in almost the same space as the normal 13,3″ model.
This would be possible using a OLED or for instance LG’s Shuriken displays which also has a very slim bezel.
Slimmer. Lighter. Faster.
Quadcore is coming to laptops
As for the processors, Intel is working on their next big update – the Ivy Bridge. These next-gen processors will be based on a 22 nm process and are going to be really fast and use even less juice!
They are expected to arrive some time in the 2. quarter of 2012 in desktops and laptops. Sweet!
Time will tell the rest of the story. However, one thing is certain:
If Apple makes such an upgrade, I will definitely be in line for one!
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