Apple preparing to release $800 MacBook?

By Justin Mann on October 9, 2008, 10:41 AM
One setback that Apple’s laptops have always faced has been their relatively high price, especially when compared to the entry-level machines that most vendors offer. Apple hasn't been actively trying to change that, though they do understand some people just don't want to put away a minimum of $1,100 for a machine.

That may change in the near future, with rumors that Apple is getting ready to push out a low-cost MacBook. The machine may start as low as $800, a price range never before seen for an Apple mobile. Little real information on this “budget” MacBook is known – no specifications, release dates or model information is currently known. It would be interesting to see Apple among the lower cost laptop, though, as it would help them a lot in competing with Microsoft for OS dominance. It would also be interesting to see exactly what Apple has “cut” from their mainstream laptops to make a cheaper version of the MacBook.

Hopefully Apple will give us some real information soon. At the moment this is still in the rumor phase, but there is some evidence that Apple has been preparing a low-cost mobile, such as the manufacturing of solid-piece laptop chassis, with the intent to lower cost.

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shl0791 said:
celeron processor, 512mg ram, 60 gig hardrive. that would be my guess.the 1100$ laptops are, c2d, 1 gig, 120gb hd.
sngx1275 said:
I don't think they can sell one with only 512MB of RAM. Perhaps they'll make the same specs as their current MacBooks, and upgrade the MacBooks and MBPs. I'm sure the Pros are getting upgraded, and likely the MacBooks too.
redk said:
If it's a new line, it'll be new components.The new $1100 line might be 2 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, C2D, 802.11NMy guess is: Pentium Dual Core, 160 GB HDD, 802.11G, 1 GB RAM
old101 said:
Downgrade in price, downgrade in overall quality and usability - almost always true.Upgrade in price, no real upgrade in quality and usability -almost always true.
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