Last night we rocked the new price points our Apple ninja scored for you. Now that the Apple notebook event is almost upon us, the internet is ablaze with rumors and predictions of all shapes and sizes as you can imagine. Here’s a roundup:

  • The image above is the latest and likely last alleged leaked MacBook Pro shot we’ll see pre-event (along with the matching one after the jump). It is also the most interesting. Notice, there’s no button beneath the trackpad! This brings us full circle back to the old glass display trackpad rumors, and perhaps the entire pad is a button a la BlackBerry Storm. The display theory is doubtful but we can still dream.
  • There will be no new 17-inch Pros announced today – only 15-inch models but the current 17-inch Pros will remain in Apple’s lineup.
  • The new MacBook Pros may be rocking dual-NVIDIA GPUs, which would be intense to say the least.
  • The $899 price point we told you about may not in fact be a laptop. Instead, it’s now thought that Apple may be introducing a new 24-inch LED Apple Cinema display.
  • All of the new laptops introduced today will indeed utilize the single-piece aluminum chasis “brick” construction we’ve been hearing so much about.
  • The existing MacBooks, MacBook Pros and MacBooks Airs will remain in Apple’s lineup and see price drops and NVIDIA 9400M GPUs. Most notably perhaps, is the current plastic MacBook entry point will drop to $999. Albeit barely, this will in fact take Apple below the $1000 price point.
  • The new MacBook Airs will be available with a 120 GB HDD or a 128 GB SSD.

To summarize things: Existing lastops will remain but they’ll be cheaper and beefier in one way or another. New aluminum MacBooks are coming. A new 15-inch dual NVIDIA GPU-rocking MacBook Pro is coming and it’s going to be a beast. We may see a new Apple Cinema display. Hit the jump for a second alleged shot of the new MacBook Pro.

[Via Engadget]


Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.