OK, even most hardened Apple fans (like me) know that the MacBook Air isn’t really that much thinner than some of its PC competition, and it packs a lot less functionality than its MacBook Pro brethren, so it’s hardly surprising to learn than PC notebook manufacturers are already lining up some Air killing variants of their own.
Apparently, PC Pro “is currently testing a notebook from a major manufacturer that is only a few millimetres thicker that the Air, but sports an optical drive and a handful more ports”.
Now that Intel has come up with their 65nm chip based on the Merom processor, they’re hardly likely to refuse to sell it to other manufacturers. Granted, there’s a lot more to making a notebook thin than just the chip, but Lenovo and Fujitsu Siemens seem to be looking to using the chip themselves.
Still, it’s one thing to bring out products that look very similar to Apple’s own, and (dare I say it) are even better, but it’s another to overtake Apple. Plenty of people will follow and buy Apple regardless.
Of course, thin PC notebooks won’t have Leopard installed, but then I’ve heard that some people like Vista.
(Via PC Pro)
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