Well, today’s Apple event turned into a fairly sized let down for myself. The rumor mill killed any sort of surprise that could have come today. Personally I was clinging to hope that Apple might release a new laptop in the $700-900 region, but those were just rumors. The closest they got was reducing the “old” MacBooks (the white and black ones) to an entry price of $999 (as opposed to $1099). Not exactly a big leap.
Besides, who is going to pay $999 for the “old” style MacBook when the newer sexier MacBooks are just a few hundred away ($1299). Personally, I was hoping for cheaper because I do not need a screaming fast uber-notebook like these new ones. I have an iMac, it does the heavy lifting, I just need somthing portable. $999 is still too much for me to bite on a Mac laptop. It’s much more worth it to me to just buy the $400 Dell Mini 9, or another netbook like it. So I will keep looking for “the perfect netbook”.
“In terms of netbooks, that’s a nascent market that’s just getting started,” said Steve Jobs today. I guess that means they are gonna sit and wait and see if they stick around for good. They have the same idea for Blu-Ray drives.
Other announcements from Apple this morning: New Nvidia graphics cards in the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros, using the MacBook Air machining process on the new notebooks (stronger, cheaper), a new glass trackpad with multi-touch interface (no button), a new 24” cinema display, upgrades to MacBook Pro, MacBook and Air.