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What's in Steve's pocket at Macworld? Could be a Mac mini

There have been rumors and widespread speculation about what Steve Jobs may pull out of his pocket this year. Last year in his keynote address, he pulled out an iPhone and introduced the hottest “must have” tech device.

There have been rumors and widespread speculation about what Steve Jobs may pull out of his pocket this year. Last year in his keynote address, he pulled out an iPhone and introduced the hottest “must have” tech device.

From Tech News World:

The buzz among analysts and bloggers is that Apple will offer up an ultra-light laptop (some have dubbed it "MacBook mini"), announce a new iTunes movie rental service and commit to Sony's (NYSE: SNE) Latest News about Sony Blu-ray high-definition video standard for future computers.

The last time Apple produced an ultra-small laptop was the PowerBook 2400 a decade ago, said American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu. He believes a slimmed-down Mac notebook could be priced at US$1,500 to $2,500. He and others said it could use lighter, and more stable, flash memory for those who want the Mac experience on the road without the weight of a laptop with a hard drive.

Apple blog MacRumors.com provides what-if mock-ups of a new small Mac laptop. The blog site also predicts the company will offer an external drive to keep the mini laptop as light as possible.

If these rumors are true, Apple may be taking another step toward capturing an audience in the business world as workers are increasingly mobile.

What do you think? Could Apple be positioning itself to capture the business market? Or are they just a home entertainment device?

More information:

Apple Insider Leaks Ultra Portable Details (Wired)

15 comments
Tig2
Tig2

What do you think? Is Apple trying to reach the ultra mobile business user? Or is the Mac going to stay more of an entertainment platform?

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

it's some sexy little machine machine too. 13.3 inch screen and chassis just thick enough to hold the usb ports. Or, is the the Mac Mini expected to be a umpc or tablet?

Tig2
Tig2

Is a reality and has been for awhile. It is an extremely small desktop machine about the size of a hard drive. I was actually speculating on what was introduced as the Mac Air. But I wrote that post before the keynote.

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

and it's successor; the flat screen with mouse and keyboard plugged into it. I was actually just editing my initial comment to add: Doh!!.. I didn't even realize it had happened yet. I wondered why I'd seen the keynote video this morning on a coworker's machine but didn't even connect the two.

viruser
viruser

The new macbook air is targeting mobile business users for sure, just like Microsoft tried a few years back with the tablet PC. Only question is; will they have the same luck as MSFT?

Tig2
Tig2

With Office 2008 released, I think that they may stand a chance. This Mac can fit into an interoffice envelope which makes it a desirable business tool. There is definitely an increase in mobile business devices. This could be a real winner.

Tig2
Tig2

To the price tag for the smaller MacBook, current model. For all the new technology that went in to the Air, I actually thought it would debut slightly higher.

viruser
viruser

The Mac Book Air has an aluminum casing and is very solid, just came from the apple store. It's a nice looking machine. The price is steep though; starting at $1799.

Tig2
Tig2

The Mac Book Air has an aluminum casing and is very solid. Probably a good thing because I have seen magazines that are thicker than it is. The Mac Mini desktop machine is white plastic and solid as a brick.

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

Is it metal and nice and slid or does it have that flexible "give" too it like the plastic Dells and such?

brian.mills
brian.mills

Is it still fair to answer this question after the keynote speech is over and the beans have been spilled?

Tig2
Tig2

I wrote and published it before the keynote. Have you seen the Mac Air? Very sexy hardware. I think they may have something here.

brian.mills
brian.mills

It is very sexy hardware. I really have no need for it, but I still want one. Kinda how I felt a year ago when the iPhone was announced. I'm off to find that winning lottery ticket now...

LockOutGirl
LockOutGirl

I can't help but be very drawn to the Mac Air. Sleek, and yet it seems like the performance should still be up to par. I'm a bit old school, so the lack of optical built in kind of has me a little uneasy, but otherwise, I think that is one very nice piece of equipment they've come up with. I love my iBook, but having something slimmer and lighter would be a huge help.

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

oops, some use battery operated ones too. I'll shut up now!

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