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MacBook Air ultraportable info leaked by Apple supplier

MacBook Air ultraportable info leaked by Apple supplier

With hours to go until the Macworld Keynote, the rumors surrounding Apple's "There's something in the air" slogan continue to simmer. A third-party Apple vendor has told Wired magazine that the expected ultraportable - believed to be named the MacBook Air - is "unbelievably thin" and constructed from aluminium and glass following the company's latest design ethos. Shaped like a teardrop in profile - thicker at the hinge and tapering to the forward edge of the keyboard - according to their source the Air has both a physical keyboard and MultiTouch screen.

Concept images via Wired

SlashGear live coverage of Macworld 2008 keynote

SlashGear live coverage of Macworld 2008 keynote

Tomorrow is the day we will all find out what is really hidden behind those curtains at Macworld 08. “There’s something in the air” teaser has been giving the media many questions mark and resulted in so many predictions.

SlashGear’s team (Vincent and James) will be covering the keynote LIVE from Moscone West in San Francisco. The keynote will start at 9:00 AM PST time. If you would like to know what time the keynote starts in your city or time zone, click here.

Keynote livecast starts on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 9:00 AM at http://live.slashgear.com

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The MacBook Air

The MacBook Air

[Update] Macworld 08: MacBook Air is Apple’s long-awaited ultraportable

Apple’s multi-touch Newton tablet will be MIA at this year’s Macworld Keynote but in its place might be the MacBook Air. Yes sir, MacRumors claimed to have heard various whispers that Steve Jobs will introduce the MacBook Air. Take this information for what it’s worth, because Apple has been known to send out false hardware specs and design info.

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iTunes $3.99 movie rental announcement predicted for Macworld

iTunes $3.99 movie rental announcement predicted for Macworld

Apple are set to announce movie rentals via their iTunes download service, according to "people familiar" with the company's media plans; priced at $3.99 per 24hr period, the service would include content from existing partner studios Walt Disney Co., Paramount and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp, as well as new additions Warner Bros. and Fox.

 

Apple patent for Ultraportable MacBook docking in iMac-like base station

Apple patent for Ultraportable MacBook docking in iMac-like base station

An Apple patent for an iMac-like docking station lends further credibility to the ongoing rumor that the company is set to announce an ultraportable notebook in the near future, possibly even at the upcoming MacWorld expo.  The patent (illustrated with this mockup image from Gizmodo) describes an base station with the same ports and connectivity as the current iMac, but with a large slot for the ultraportable MacBook to dock into on the side.  This would then allow for a full-sized keyboard, large screen and other permanent peripherals to be easily added.

 

Rumor: Apple entering ultra-portable fray again

Rumor: Apple entering ultra-portable fray again

AppleInsider is at it again pushing their theory of an ultra-portable MacBook configuration. They first predicted it would come shortly after the release of Leopard, now they are pushing that back to MacWorld in January.

They reckon the ultra-portable will lose its optical drive, be smaller than the 15” MBP and at least 50% lighter than the same. On top of that they say it will utilize NAND flash storage in the form of an SSD drive and it will use and LED backlit LCD, both of those primarily to save battery life and improve boot times.

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