Some very fishy imagery of a 10.4-inch MacBook Mini is bouncing around the intertubes after publication of the details in a Russian magazine. The two things to bear in my mind before you get too excited are that 1) the images look a little on the artificial side and 2) it is April Fool’s day on Wednesday. That said, indulge your eyes and inner geek:
- 10.4″ WXGA display.
- 1280 x 768 pixel with LED backlighting.
- NVIDIA MCP79
- Intel Atom Z740 1.83GHz with 1MB L2 cache.
- 2GB DDR3-800.
- NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
- 64GB Solid State Drive.
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
- 1 x USB 2.0
- 1 x Mini Display Port
- Battery Li-Ion 5100mA
I like the look of the LED backlighting, the connectivity, high-end Atom, good chunk of RAM and the SSD is good enough to me too. What I find suspicious, though, is that that’s exactly what you’d expect. There are no surprises at all and that’s very un-Apple. There’s usually either a glaring omission or a stroke of genius. This MacBook Mini has neither.
If indeed this is true, then the word is $899 some time this year.
Still oblivious to the fact that over 90% of the western world’s disposable income is being spent on cheap netbooks right now*, Apple has once again underlined its reluctance to join the miniaturisation scene – because smaller computers aren’t necessarily better. Or usable.
“We think the products there are inferior and will not provide the experience to customers that they’re happy with,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s chief operating officer, on the subject of netbooks, while presumably still laughing from watching a Vaio P spend three minutes booting up Vista…
The fans of small computers over at Liliputing – who must be well happy about the rise and rise and rise of the “netbook” and the impact it’s having on their Adsense earnings – have sourced a rather insane guide that shows a technically adept person how to build a MacBook Mini.
So, if you can’t quite bring yourself to spend the vast sums required to get a MacBook Air, you can have the next best thing – thanks to a German user on the MSI Wind forums. Yes, that’s just a lovely MSI Wind, with an Apple logo cut into the lid…