Apple released the new MacBooks today, a day on which no events were planned, though ThinkSecret predicted they would appear at this time.
- New MacIntels broaden the product line.
- Relatively cheap laptops ($1099-1599 or ¥134,800-179,800)
- Accessories: built in iSight, Front Row, & Apple Remote
- Color options - white or black
- 6 hour battery life
- VERY heavy - 5.2lbs, a pound more than the 12" PB and slightly more than the 13" G4 iBook
- Color options - to get black, you have to get the most expensive model.
- Graphics - Instead of an ATI uses Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950, which, I'm told, sucks. Also has only 64MB of video memory!
- The Name: iBook was so much better, and it's sad to see it go. MacBook is just not cool.
- The Unit: From the promo photos, this just isn't an attractive computer in my view.
- Glossy screen - actually I like this, but lots of folks do not.
- Keyboard - this appears to be something different than on the MacBookPro's - have to see it in person, but looks ugly.
I think this may be a nice entry level laptop option for those folks wanting something like the old iBook - sort of like a portable version of an Intel MacMini.
However, I'm pretty pissed that Apple can't design/produce something that is comparable to weight and features on Windows laptops. It's at least pound too heavy, and not fast enough to get excited.
Professional users want a small, fast, light laptop. Japan public transport commuters want something light. And women want something that looks cute. Apple just doesn't get it, and I have to wonder if Japanese Mac laptop sales will fall further.
Say it isn't so, Steve! Give us a truly portable laptop, that our wives will want to bring home.