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What will Apple release in September?

July 31, 2008 Leave a comment

The rumour mill is once again moving into top gear with speculation on what Apple will release by the end of September. It all started with the suggestion at the recent Q3 financial results announcement that profits for the next quarter would be down due to a ‘future product transition’. Here’s some of the speculation that’s surfaced so far:

  • The product transition will cover the iPod Nano, iPod Touch and Macbook, possibly the Macbook Pro.
  • The Macbook will be a new design, slimmer and more rounded than the current model.
  • The Macbook case will be aluminium.
  • The Macbook will be a multi-touch model, most likely a multi-touch mouse pad rather than a multi-touch screen.
  • The mouse pad may be glass.
  • The new laptops will move away from an Intel motherboard chipset, with Apple returning to using its own design or one from a third party. Processors will still be Intel, and the move is believed to me aimed at producing a more power efficient design to improve battery life.
  • The iPod Nano will take on a taller appearance with a screen of the same aspect ration as the iPod Touch. This will improve video viewing.

My guess is that the Macbooks will have an Aluminium case, multi-touch mouse pad and be priced lower than the current models to grab a bigger market share. The Macbook Pro’s will have to drop in price or look overpriced, and the two product ranges may even be rolled into one. If both use aluminium cases the differences between them get even smaller.

I also expect the iPod Touch to get a capacity boost and price drop, and wouldn’t be surprised if a smaller version of the Touch replaced the iPod Nano.

New Apple product rumours gain pace

April 17, 2008 Leave a comment

It’s that time of year when anticipation of the Apple WWDC starts to grow. We already know that iPhone firmware V2 will be released in June, and now the much rumoured aluminium refresh of the Macbook has had its credibility boosted. MacRumors.com has some images found on a .Mac web page that show an aluminium Macbook as well as a redesigned Macbook pro. The Macbook looks much more expensive than the current range, so how will Apple separate the two price points in terms of spec? The graphics chip alone doesn’t seem like a big enough difference to justify the price jump so what other treats are in store for the Macbook Pro?