Mac Soda’s Final “Spotlight” Predictions
October 9, 2008
Today Apple sent out an invitation two days late for an event scheduled on October 14th at 10:00 AM PST. Mac Soda posted it’s early predictions for this event a few weeks ago, and I think it was pretty close to what is going to happen. Nevertheless, I felt the need to update them today, so that they can be as close to the truth as possible. So without further ado, I give you, Mac Soda’s final predictions.
Note: Many commenters are saying that we are simply taking information from around the web and posting it. While most of the things here we have posted with our independent knowledge, a few things, such as the MacBook Pro’s graphics card and amount of RAM, is speculation, or is taken from a reputable Apple blog who we can trust. If you have any questions about what is Mac Soda’s, and what is speculation, shoot me an email, or ask me in the comments.
Enclosure: Despite popular belief, Mac Soda believes that the outside enclosure will not be made of aluminum (UPDATE: 9 to 5 Mac has heard the same thing). Similar to the iMac, we believe that the exterior will be made of black, iPhone-like plastic, but the inside will be made of aluminum. Expect the machine to be slightly thicker than a Firewire port (.5+ inches).
Screen: 14 inch, 16:9, LED display, with an iSight camera with improved quality at the top.
Keyboard: Chicklet keyboard, similar to the one it currently has, but backlit (more like the MacBook Air’s).
Trackpad: Glass! More advanced gestures.
Processor: The processor will be from the Centrino 2 family. Expect 2.1-2.4 GHZ speeds, but improved battery life to go with it.
RAM: Up to 4 GB.
Graphics Card: As reported first by Mac Soda, the MacBook will replace Intel’s integrated graphics card with nVIDIA’s. Read more about it here.
Ports: MagSafe, Ethernet, two USB ports, mini-DVI, audio in/out, Kensington slot.
Optical Drive: Expect an updated Superdrive, with support for Blu-Ray.
Bonus Goodies: Possibly a smaller power adapter.
Price: As we predicted earlier, expect the MacBook to drop fairly significantly in price. We are expecting a 300-400 dollar price cut, pricing the MacBook at 699-799 for the base model.
Enclosure: All aluminum, all the way around, like it is today. It will be about the same thickness as the MacBook (.5 inches+).
Screen: 16 inch, 16:9, LED, iSight for the base, and 18 inch, 16:9, LED, iSight for the top model.
Keyboard: Chicklet keyboard, backlit.
Trackpad: Glass. Advanced gestures.
Processor: Centrino 2 family, up to 3 GHZ, Quad Core offered, improved battery life for all models but Quad Core.
RAM: We anticipate that the MBPs will allow for up to 8 GB of RAM.
Graphics Card: In order to please video professionals like myself, Apple will definitely offer a better graphics card than they do now. We have not heard exactly which cards they will offer.
Ports: ExpressCard/34, audio in/out, mini-DVI, two USB, FireWire 800, Ethernet.
Optical Drive: SuperDrive updated to Blu-Ray!
Bonus Goodies: The obnoxious latch the MacBook Pro has now will be replaced, as will the denting power button. The sound quality will be improved greatly, as Steve has been obsessing over sound lately. Potentially a new Firewire standard.
Price: While I wouldn’t be surprised if the price stayed the same, I believe that the MacBook Pro will boast a 1799 starting price.
Enclosure: Same as it is now. If it changes, I would be very surprised.
Trackpad: Glass. More advanced Gestures.
Processor: A better, more efficient, 45 nm, faster, processor will be added to the air.
RAM: 4 GB.
Graphics Card: Not much improvement, if any.
Hard Drive: Bigger, and cheaper.
Optical Drive: Nowhere to be seen!
Bonus Goodies: Can’t really think of any…
Price: 1499 (or cheaper).
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