Here goes my [baseless] prediction for the spec's on the upcoming MacBook. I've never made any such prediction (at least not publicly, but I was close with the new minis, so here goes!
- intel Core Solo
- 512mb RAM
- Combo Drive (super drive option)
- flash hard disk (w/capacity options somewhere in the range of 10g - 50g)
- Case made from super thin, super scratchable plastic. (And, I'll buy one anyway.)*
- 8hr+ battery life
- Integrated graphics/sound
- Integrated iSight w/front row
- Integrated in wireless/bluetooth/100baseT
- Single button touchpad
- A couple (not more than 4) USB 2.0 ports
- No firewire, or only a single FW400 port
- Magsafe power connector
I'm kinda iffy about the widescreen thing, but that would be nice. The macbook is going to be a cheap, light, less powerful cousin to the MBP. The target market is going to be people who move around a lot, and still need simple notebook features, such as the ability to check email, do reports, surf the net, blog, write, etc.
THIS WILL NOT BE A GAMING MACHINE. Get over it. Gamers have never been the target market for the iBook. Why would Apple start now?
It will, however, be capable of handling applications such as Photoshop or Aperture, albeit slower than the MBP or iMac counterparts... Wait, that makes sense, if you look at the current lineup/past lineups offered by Apple.
The MB's claim to fame will be the flash storage. There really isn't a need for 200gigs of storage in a laptop. Die hard road warriors will be looking to the MBP anyway, students and most average people don't need to take it all with them. And you can always use an external drive/network with another computer to sync your iPod, keep all 1,000,000,000,000,000 of your photos archived, etc. No hard drive means fewer moving parts, giving the MB a boost in battery life. I'd be willing to say 10hrs is possible. I think a 10 or 12 inch edition, sans [internal] optical drive, is a slight possibility, taking Apple in the direction of the ultraportable.
I'd like to think that sometime in the near future we'll see touch senstive screens from Apple. A small (7" screen) tablet would be all the portable computer I need, but its gotta be a Mac.
*I swear, if the resolution is limited to 1024x768, I'm gunna be pissed the
fuck off!!! I mean, seriosuly, Apple. I had 1024x768 TEN YEARS AGO on my first computer. Fuckin-A.