MacBook sales explode; 15-inch version due?

MacBook sales explode; 15-inch version due?

Summary: DigiTimes is reporting that sales of Apple's Intel Core Duo-powered MacBook notebooks are exceeding initial estimates and that the company is consider expanding the line to include a 15-inch model. I think that it would kill MacBook Pro sales and that they should release a 12-inch model instead.

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DigiTimes is reporting that sales of Apple's Intel Core Duo-powered MacBook notebooks are exceeding initial estimates:

Sales of Apple Computer's Intel Core Duo-based MacBook laptops have been stronger than expected, boosting monthly shipments of 13.3-inch MacBooks from Taiwan-based Asustek Computer to about 120,000 units in June, up from about 100,000 units when the company started shipping the new computers in April, according to sources at Taiwan-based notebook makers.

I'm not surprised that the MacBook is doing well in the market. Pound-for-pound the MacBook probably has the best price performance ratio of any Mac ever released. At US$1,100 the MacBook is a steal. The most interesting part of the DigiTimes story is embedded in the last paragraph.

Sources contacted by Lin also noted that Apple may expand its MacBook family by introducing a 15.4-inch widescreen lineup, although the market has expected Apple to launch 12.1- and 14.1-inch MacBooks to replace similar-sized iBook laptops.

A 15.4-inch (non-Pro) MacBook might cannibalize sales of Apple's higher profit MacBook Pro -- which retails for about US$1,000 more  than the consumer-oriented MacBook. Apple would be better served to leave the 15 and 17-inch models in the Pro space and introduce a 12-inch MacBook for users on the go. The only problem that may be holding back a 12-inch MacBook is heat. Remember how hot the 12-inch PowerBook G4 runs? I can't imagine that enclosure with an Intel Core Duo chip in it. Can you?

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  • I REALLY LIKE THIS !

    GO APPLE GO !

    "In a world without walls and fences, who needs windows and gates."
    I'm Ye, the MS SHILL .
  • comparison

    It's no wonder they're selling like hotcakes. If you compare these laptops to equally hardware configured PC laptops, the price is similar. Now add the cost of software to the PC that would give you the same capabilites that you get with the iLife suite and the Mac blows the window out of the PC laptops. Let's not forget that you can also running just about any OS and app on these machines as well. Go Apple.
    observer1959
  • 12"

    A twelve inch MacBook would not be much of a stretch. The
    easiest way to control the heat is to use a slower, lower-voltage
    version of the CoreDue or even CoreSolo processor. The
    MacBook uses the T2500, which is a high-performance version.
    Installing the T2400 or better yet the T2300 will lower
    temperature (and performance), and make a 12" MacBook
    feasible.

    I'd buy one in a second. I love my black 13.3" MacBook, but it is
    too big and heavy for travel.
    Asiafish
  • PowerBook 12" Not Hot

    I have a 12" G4 PowerBook. It does not run 'hot'. However, my
    13.3" MacBook can get hot, but no where near as hot as online
    commentaries like these would lead one to believe. But I agree,
    they are not "laptops" anymore.
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    • PBG4 12-inch I used was hot

      In fact, the PBG4 12-inch was the hottest notebook that I've ever used (even hotter than my current MBP). You have to have it running for longer than an hour, but MAN, did that thing get hot. Probably due to the small enclosure?

      Will anyone back me up on this?

      - Jason
      Jason D. O'Grady
      • Super hot 12 PB

        My 12 inch powerbook is currently in depot being repared because
        it would get so hot it would smell like burning and i couldn't rest
        my hands on it. the fan would just go and go and it wouldn't cool
        down. it was kind of frustrating when your running a high power
        applcation and it keeps shutting off cause it's too hot. Yeah there
        were a few models of PB that ran Super hot and other that ran
        cooler. I had an 876Mhz it burned up completely and now i have a
        1.55Ghz I am up grading to a 15inch macbook pro on saturday so
        that will be exciting.
        Kristen Clark
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