New MacBooks – big deal or no deal?

Posted: October 14, 2008 in Mac

I’m sure I’m not the only one left distinctly underwhelmed by today’s Apple announcement of their revamped notebook line. There’s no question the new MacBooks look gorgeous, are faster and are marvellously engineered (check out designer Jony Ive and others on Apple.com talking about the remarkable unibody construction). And yes, they announced a sub-$1000 laptop (albeit $999 for the old MacBook, big deal). But when you thought that Apple were going to deliver on a truly revolutionary touchscreen machine (the multi-touch trackpad only hints at what may come next) and filling that niche for a $900-range sub-notebook, it was hard not to feel a little ho-hum about the whole thing. I’ll reserve final judgement until I get to play with one but if my ancient PowerBook wasn’t about to give up the ghost I probably wouldn’t even be looking. For more details on the event, check out MacLife.

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