Rumor: MacBook refresh coming October 14th


For most of us, Apple's "Let's Rock" event was a big rubbery one. Most disappointing was Apple's failure to announce an overdue refresh to Apple's MacBook line. But John Gruber at Daring Fireball says that expectation was downright stupid: we'll see new MacBooks in October.

Speaking of Macs, contrary to speculation, there were no announcements regarding new Mac notebooks. Such speculation was misguided; Apple has held an iPod/music special event in September or October every year since 2001, and, to my knowledge, has never once used such events to announce new Mac hardware. Those of you holding out for a new lineup of MacBooks will have to wait until October 14, according to sources who, as they say, are familiar with Appleā€™s hardware plans.

If Gruber's correct and new MacBooks do come in October, they will a least probably contain Intel's line of Centrino 2 chips, and perhaps we'll see the long rumored update to aluminum MacBooks as well.

Let's Rock Special Event [Daring Fireball]

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  1. I was particularly disappointed that an event titled Let’s Rock had the mindblowing audacity to be about entertainment (music and gaming). Tut, tut, Mr. Jobs.

    > For most of us, Apple’s “Let’s Rock” event was a big rubbery one

    I wish I knew what that meant. It sounds delightfully hedonistic.

    Anyway, to the point. The new ipods are nice and all, but what grabbed me was the new positioning of Touch devices into the mobile gaming market. It’s an aggressive move that is sure to rattle Nintendo and Sony, as if they hadn’t already seen it coming. Now, if only it would happen for AppleTV…

  2. Also, Intel has some portable chips products that are in the pipeline but not shipping yet, such as the dual core Atom and native Atom chipset (the one they use now is the previous cheap laptop chipset, and uses several times as much power as the cpu), and I believe there are some higher power stuff too, even (definitely want to check time lines) quad core laptop CPUs.

    Is another month enough time? Beats me. But imagine how nifty a dual core Atom 10″ display netbook type machine would be, I bet it would sell quite well at $800, and have great battery life.

  3. Disappointed they didn’t announce a Macbook refresh? I think once the event was confirmed and its graphic was revealed that it was pretty obvious they wouldn’t be talking about their computers.

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