Apple may expand MacBooks to 15-inch displays

Apple may expand MacBooks to 15-inch displays

Summary: Taiwan's DigiTimes is reporting that Apple is planning to expand their non-pro MacBook line to include a large screen 15.4-inch model in the second quarter of 2007.


Taiwan's DigiTimes is reporting that Apple is planning to expand their non-pro MacBook line to include a large screen 15.4-inch model in the second quarter of 2007:

Apple is planning to introduce 15.4-inch MacBooks in the second quarter of 2007, according to industry sources in Taiwan. The new model will fill the gap between the company's 13.3-inch MacBooks and the 15.4- and 17-inch MacBook Pros that form its current notebook line up, and is expected to boost shipments of Apple's Intel-powered MacBooks, the sources add.

Although current 13.3-inch MacBooks are manufactured by Asustek Computer the new 15.4-inch model will be manufactured by Quanta Computer which also manufactures Apple's MacBook Pros. According to the report iPod manufacturer Foxconn was also bidding on the 15.4-inch manufacturing contract but was not successful.

No word on what, if any, new features will be added to the new 15-inch MacBook, but I wouldn't expect it to be much different from current MacBooks other than the larger screen size and perhaps a standard RAM and/or HDD bump. Apple doesn't want to jeopardize sales of their high end MacBook Pro.

13.3-inch MacBooks currently cost between US$1,099 and US$1,499 and 15.4 and 17-inch MacBook Pros cost between US$1,999 and US$2,799.

Topic: Apple

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  • Just might be the perfect MacBook for most users...

    It has me interested.

    I currently have 4 Laptops, all ThinkPads, ranging from a T20 to a T60. Very nice machines. If I was buying a PC Laptop for MYSELF (these are company provided) a T60p it would be.

    However, if I ever buy a Laptop for myself, it will be a Mac. This one just might fill the bill.
    • Wow, welcome to the 00s!!

      Yup, more Apple innovation of features the PC market has had for 5 years now! Wait for it: here come the Mac zealots to tell us why 13.3" has actually been better than 15" until now. After all, PPC was better than Intel until Apple announced the Intel Mac and 2" media player screens were better than 3.5" media player screens until Apple announced the iPhone.
      • Did you read the article?

        This adding a 15" to a line that didn't have it. They have had 15" screens in other product lines. I have a powerbook with a 15" screen, so you clearly are either misinformed, or deliberately trying to mislead people.

        Your tirade is, well silly

        Did Steve Jobs run over your family pet or something?
      • I can safely say...

        Your ScreenName simply doesn't apply to reality.
    • I apologize

      My post was meant to be a reply to the story and not to your post. Please forgive me.
      • No Problem :)

        You're still wrong though :)
      • Since the story clearly said...

        "The new model will fill the gap between the company's 13.3-inch MacBooks and the 15.4- and 17-inch MacBook Pros" your post must have been a reply to some other story, not this one. Your zealotry (I assume your screen name is meant as a joke) really gets in the way of your understanding of the issues raised in these blogs. Did you once find half a worm in a Granny Smith you were eating? The rabid fever with which you respond to any post with the word "apple," well....

        I read your posts purely for the entertainment value. Your obvious bias truly makes me discount anything you say, which may be unfortunate, since you may occasionally have a valid point.
  • MacBooks to 15.4

    This may be a way of reuseing all those commitments for 15.4 LCD screens if the rumors be true of the MacBook Pro is really switching to the LCD backlite arrangement. I can see this change as a potential student target market - just in time for Aug semester. Maybe a bundle with a Nano (for the educational podcasts) for $1999 as the MacBook Pro 15.x shifts up scale even further with the new low energy use display.

    Ah... Apple watching - its better than work - but does not pay well. Back to the wage treadmill.
  • Fine, but...

    ...what I really want is a 12" (or maybe even smaller) widescreen.

    What part of Book in MacBook does Apple not understand? Lovely bigger screens also add weight and a certain lack of portability - and I don't need nor want a desktop replacement - and a 15" will almost certainly begat bigger...
    • 12" screen

      I have a 12" iBook, and I've thought about upgrading, but the form factor for this machine is great for me, since I tend to use it a lot on my lap on the Long Island Rail Road.
    • Sounds like you need a tablet computer

      Too bad that you've standardized on OSX as your OS platform since you've now tied yourself to Apple's hardware and Apple does not offer any table PC solution. Or, if you don't want tablet, you could also have bought an ultra portable PC but, once again, your decision to use OSX has severely limited the type of hardware solutions you are able to use. Too bad for you. How does it feel to know that OSX [b]could[/b] work on portable hardware that is being sold today but Apple artificially and onerously prevents you from using such solutions? It would piss me off but that's just me. :)
      • No, not really...

        I've used them (Windows, of course), and really never found them as useful or as usable as a keyboard/mouse-based computer. As a matter of fact, I have a nice little Fujitsu sitting right next to me, but I haven't turned it on in a few months. I think they're clever, but not useful for my needs.
        • Keyboard?

          Most of the tablet PCs now come with detachable or swivel keyboards. You could also buy an ultra portable which sounds like it would have everything you need. That's the great thing about going with anything other than an Apple: endless choice.
          • The problem...

            with a tablet PC (for me) is that so much of what I do requires a keyboard. I'm have no patience for writing by hand; within a minute my writing becomes indecipherable, even by me. Using both a keyboard and a stylus makes no sense to me, especially on a train, as I'd be constantly putting the stylus down to type and picking it back up again. That would seem to be pretty unproductive.

            As I said, my 12" iBook is really a great size. I chose that laptop out of all of the laptops on the market. I had plenty of choice. I chose the one I liked. I use software that runs on both platforms (Vectorworks, Filemaker, Office). I chose the platform I preferred. You like Windows. I'm sure that once you use Microsoft's OSX clone - sorry - Vista, you'll begin to see why I like OSX.
          • Its fine that you like OSX

            but to quote the Apple ad: you've just come to a sad realization that standardizing on OSX has forced you to be dependent on only 1 hardware company for all of your computing solutions.

            Cancel or Allow

            Me, I like both Linux and Windows and the beauty of my choice is that I can buy computers with keyboards that fold or swivel, without keyboards, with 12" screens, with 17" screens, with AMD chips, with Intel chips, with whatever graphics card I want from whatever company I want, etc. I'm not punished because I'm stuck to a single company that is more interested in their customer's ability to watch DVD movies than with their customer's ability to be a road warrior! Sorry you are finding this out the hard way. :(
          • Software drives the bus...

            that I ride on. As I stated before, I use apps that are multi-platform. They run equally as well on Windows as on OSX. In that sense, I'm an OS agnostic.

            I've built most of my own computers - 8088, 286, 386, all the way up to AMD64s. I've used every MS OS since DOS 2.something (other than 98ME - I'm not a fool). I've used Linux, QNX, OS/9 (Microware, not Apple), DR-DOS, Tandy's OS, and anything else I could get my hands on. This was fun for me.

            Until recently, I had a desktop at home, a laptop, and a desktop at work. I bought my daughter a top of the line Dell for her to take to college. All Windows machines. I used to laugh at Mac owners. I spent a lot of time "administering" those computers, including the Dell via long distance. One day my home machine crashed. To make a long story short, I needed to reinstall Windows and all the updates. 10 hours. That was without reinstalling any software. I bought a Mac the next day.

            I still had to deal with my daughter's Dell. We spent a lot of time on the phone "Dad, the computer's not..." or "dad, my computer's..." In July I bought her a MacBook. I haven't had to answer a single question from her about it.

            So, what have I found out the hard way? Well, I wasted a lot of money on the Dell. I spent 'way too many hours fixing, when I could have been doing. It was no longer fun, it was work. Work, with no payback.

            The fact that Apple doesn't make a product I don't want really doesn't bother me at all. There's no "sad realization" here.

            I have "standardized" on the applications I use. I can use them on either Windows or OSX, and I can share data with either. I choose to use OSX because I want to. I built my own computers with the best components I could. Guess what? Apple makes a better SYSTEM than I could. If you consider my having a better working system, and being more productive, and enjoying my computer use being "punished," well, it's certainly a lot better than what I had before.
      • Wrong again Mr. "NonZealot" (ha ha)

        Macs are extremely flexible. You can get a tablet Mac, its based on the MacBook and
        is available from Other World Computing, branded the Axiotron ModBook. http://
        • HAHAHA!!! How long until Apple sues?!

          The OSX license [b]clearly[/b] states:
          [i]You agree not to install, use or run the Apple Software on any non-Apple-labeled computer, or to enable others to do so.[/i]

          so this is running an illegal copy of OSX. It doesn't start shipping until April so we'll see Apple's lawsuit soon.

          I won't even talk about how happy I would be about buying a second hand computer for $2,200+. 2nd hand? What? That's right. You are buying a MacBook that has literally been ripped apart and put back together again. HAHAHAHA!!!!!
          • NZ you should try reading once in a while!!!

            If you took the time to go check out the item you'd see it is using a Macbook as a
            base and has the monitor part replaced. So yes, it IS a Mac, just one that has been
          • I know exactly what it is

            It is a MacBook that was purchased from Apple, torn apart, put back together in a case with non Apple labeling, and then sold with OSX on it. Not only would the whole "tearing apart" step make me nervous, selling this with OSX on it is in [b]clear[/b] violation of Apple's EULA:
            [i]You agree not to install, use or run the Apple Software on any [b]non-Apple-labeled computer[/b], or to enable others to do so.[/i]

            This thing is scheduled to be released in April. March 31 is when Apple will file the injunction. Anyone pre-ordering this thing is a fool.