Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 1:39PM
While the public patiently awaits an announcement from Apple about the MacBook 2012, rumors have begun to circulate regarding potential features and the direction of the MacBook line as a whole. While rumors can be nothing more than hot air and creativity, Gizmodo tells us that "multiple Apple resellers are reporting some of the current (MacBook) models as out of stock" which may indicate that the next generation is just around the corner. In order to fully embrace the chaos, for the latest edition of #AppleChat we’ve decided to talk about the future of the MacBook! Here is some of what we are seeing:
“A new patent Apple has been awarded seems to hint that the company is considering bringing 4G connectivity to its MacBook line”. (CNET, Reisinger)
Gizmodo’s MacBook 2012 projections include: Faster guts, no hard drives, removal of legacy technology (firewire/optical drives), and more. (Gizmodo, Diaz)
“According to the latest rumors, Apple is trying to bridge the gap between its MacBook Pros and lightweight MacBook Airs to a significant level with the new upgrade” (MacDailyNews)
“There was a talk that the gap between MacBook Pro and MacBook Air will be blurred with the new version of MacBook Pro. The case seems to be different and Apple is working to launch the Pros with the same size and features of its predecessor.” (Northern Voices Online)
“Apple evidently works to add a more gigantic battery, an SSD boot drive and HD drive to the new MacBook Pro so as to increase its usability.” (Northern Voices Online)
“The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published a patent Apple won related to the way in which a 4G antenna is housed in a laptop. The invention describes how a 4G antenna can be hidden in a "conductive cavity" located behind the upper bezel around the computer's screen.” (CNET, Reisinger)
Just like the rumors surrounding the next iPhone, there are a variety of differing opinion of Apple’s vision for the Macbook 2012. Does Apple plan to merge the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lines together? Or will they continue forward with separate lines. Also, how would built in MacBook 4G connectivity affect the ultrabook market? Join us to share your thoughts about Apple and the future of the MacBook line, Wednesday May 9th at 11 am PT!
Will this be the last MacBook with an optical drive? Come tells us what you think during #AppleChat!
Here are a few questions we will discuss in this week’s #AppleChat:
1. Which features would you like to see integrated into the next generation of the MacBook?
2. How often do you use your Optical Drive? Would removing it prevent you from upgrading?
3. Will the next MacBook will be more like the current Macbook Air or stay true to its roots?
4. How do you think a MacBook design focused on mobility would affect the ultrabook market?
WHEN: Every Other Wednesday from 11am-12pm PST.
HOW IT WORKS: Looking to join? Using the hashtag, #APPLECHAT, feel free to share your thoughts or simply follow along! All you have to do is search the hashtag (#AppleChat) on Twitter and you'll be looped into the discussion! Make sure to use the same hashtag when commenting so that others who follow it will see your response! Too much? Follow along using the TwebEvent page instead: http://twebevent.com/applechat