Anticipation is in the air! The Apple notebook event is set to start in under an hour and the rumor mill has continued to churn over night, it seems. Even though you can find out all the real details very soon during our Live Blog of the event, here are a few last minute rumors to further heighten the excitement.
More BestBuy inventory sheets have surfaced this week, this time they lists the new MacBook and MacBook Pro that will be announced tomorrow at Apples event, (that we will be live blogging). Nothing large or mind blowing was revealed in the inventory sheets. The main focus is really on the pricing that they list.
Could the new MacBook rumor, that everyone has been getting so worked up over, actually be about a completely different device? That's one theory: that Apple are preparing to make yet another assault on the living room in the shape of a new Apple TV. According to GigaOM, a new - probably PVR-equipped and media streaming - Apple TV would enable the company to push back against TiVo and Slingbox while further taking advantage of their iTunes distribution partnerships with major networks.
Speculation and rumor about the upcoming MacBook refresh continues to flourish, as a 9 to 5 Mac tipster delivers a cryptic tidbit that the supposed October 14th event will be "all about the Brick". As with the best Apple rumors, however, there's no further detail than that, which leaves the theorists doing what they love the most: trying to decipher what Steve Jobs & Co have planned. The suggestions have ranged from the obvious - some sort of power supply modification, possibly including an optical drive and networking - to the metaphorical.
While the Apple Let's Rock event yesterday may have brought joy to anybody looking at buying a new iPod, those hoping for a surprise computing announcement to round out the show will have gone home disappointed. That, according to Daring Fireball's John Gruber, was all part of the Apple plan, however; he quotes sources "familiar with Apple's hardware plans" who say the company is planning an event on October 14th specifically dealing with new MacBooks.
Apple is preparing to update its MacBook Air ultraportable with a standard Penryn-class Core 2 Duo processor, according to the latest rumors from PhoneNews. The move would see the company replacing the existing Merom-class CPU that Intel specially modified for the compact notebook. That CPU had been tweaked to save power and was only available in 1.6GHz and 1.8GHz speeds; the new processors could potentially range from 2.26GHz to 3.06GHz with a 1,066MHz FSB.
So the rumor is that the MacBook Air didn’t just jeer off the beaten path of an Intel ultra-portable at the processor stop, but also at the USB stop. Basically the reason the external SuperDrive will only work with the MacBook Air is due to power requirements that only the MacBook Air’s supercharged USB port can supply.
MacRumors actually owns the MacBookAir.com domain and set it up so it performed a redirect to a query string on the Apple site of “Will We see a MacBookAir on Tuesday” which resulted in the site we were all seeing earlier today. That’s why, if you go to macbookair.com now, it won’t do anything because Apple has apparently begun rejecting the query.
Macbooks are great little laptops, they are small, lightweight, and powerful, but still maintain a 4-5 hour battery life. I would highly recommend you buy one if you are at all interested. I would also recommend you wait till they update them later this year like this rumor suggests they might right after Leopard’s release.
Apparently Apple is looking to update the MacBook lineup along side the release of Leopard. They aren’t sure if the update will bring Santa Rosa to the MacBook line or if it will just be some slightly faster speeds.
It seems that the latest tech obsession these days are batteries and that fever is reaching beyond just smartphones and tablets. A newly published patent has revealed that even Apple is considering alternative forms of power source to fuel not its iPhones and iPads but its future MacBooks. And the technology it is mulling over is none other than fuel cells. In theory, a MacBook that bears a fuel cell battery, in addition to a conventional lithium ion one, can last for days, maybe even weeks, on a single charge.