The recent rumors of Apple announcing a new batch of notebooks on October 14th has come to fruition. Apple today sent invites for a San Francisco event next Tuesday, the messaging on the invite bares the words “The spotlight turns to notebooks.”
Now that we know there is definitely something coming from Apple next week the speculation turns to what notebook products will be there. And of course the various Apple fan sites have a few leads as to what we might see. Some expectations are:
- One of the notebooks to be released could start at $799, this is likely some sort of MacBook replacement
- Some of the notebooks to be released will have similar features to the MacBook Air casing with an aluminum type of finish instead of the plastic look you see on current MacBooks.
- The new design lends itself to a cheaper manufacturing process. The word “brick” is being thrown around to describe this process, although others have speculated the “brick” is a product in itself and not related to a manufacturing process. Generally brick does not carry a positive connotation when used in conjunction with a notebook, so it’ll be interesting to see exactly who’s right here.
- Indications are that we’ll see up to 20 different SKUs of products announced. Indicating that MacBook and MacBook Pro replacements will be revealed, and potentially something else.
- It is likely that Nvidia graphics cards will be on board the MacBook Pro replacement
There’s no telling exactly what will be revealed at the event on Tuesday, but suffice to say if you were thinking about buying a MacBook soon you should wait until next week to see what’s in store. Generally Apple starts selling products very soon after they are announced, so the lag between the announcement and being able to walk into a store to buy one of these new notebooks should not be long. Meaning we’ll have a hands on before the month is out!