I’m not a psychic, and I don’t have any inside information. I can’t tell you for sure what’s going to happen at Macworld anymore than anyone else can…but I have a strong gut feeling that all these sub-notebook rumors are off.
Sure, it gets people going to the rumor sites. Sure, it gets people excited to think about a small, lightweight sub-notebook Mac. The problem is that I don’t think Apple is making a sub-notebook Mac.
See, a sub-notebook is typically much smaller than a traditional notebook. The screen size is usually around 10.4â€³ (diagonal) or less. The reports of the new LED screens Apple has been ordering are for 13.3â€³ screens.
That’s not a sub-notebook. That’s a regular sized notebook computer.
The term sub-notebook continues to be batted around, and every rumor coming out of Cupertino gets spun to somehow have something to do with it, even when what is being said logically doesn’t make sense.
For example (other than calling a 13.3â€³ sub) this latest one from AppleInsider talks about the “gunmetal colored notebook of slender proportions ” making its way around the Apple offices. Putting aside the fact that the post is written like they’re discussing the Chupacabra or Bigfoot, doesn’t it seem likely that this product is an updated Macbook? I mean, it’s the only Mac that doesn’t have a “gunmetal”-esq look to it at this point.
In fact – ALL OF THIS – points to a new Macbook.
It actually seems kind of insulting to call this thing a “sub-notebook”. If Apple produces an ultra-light, all metal, super-thin notebook with a 13.3â€³ screen at a price point of around $1,500 – that is a new Macbook.
It’s not a sub-notebook.
Could it compete with sub-notebooks on the market? Sure, but that doesn’t mean it is one. If it is as fully functional as a regular Macbook then this thing will be the next generation of the Macbook line – not something to be sold in addition to it.
Would not having an optical drive make it a sub-notebook? I don’t think so. As flash storage gets bigger the need for disks becomes less and less important – and Apple has already written the DVD off as old news (look at iDVD in iLife and Job’s comments on it for proof).
The new Macbook may be the first to drop the optical disk drive. It wouldn’t be the first time Apple did something like this (floppies, for example).
All in all, it seems really obvious to me that we’re talking about the next generation of the Macbook in ALL of these rumors. Am I crazy? What do you think?