Is an ultraportable Mac in the works?
AppleInsider and other sites have been batting around this rumor for months. According to the latest buzz, Apple is due to announce an ultraportable Mac at the January Macworld show in San Francisco.
If true, it'll be deja vu to some degree. And it'll be about time.
Apple's first ultraportable effort was, if memory serves, the PowerBook Duo. Introduced in 1992, these lightweight PowerBooks--about 4.2 pounds--were fairly limited on their own. But when connected to a DuoDock, they were transformed into full-featured Macs. (Take a look at the vintage PowerBook Duo TV ad, below).
At any rate, Apple hasn't offered an ultraportable since the 12-inch PowerBook was discontinued a few years back.
I'd love to see a truly ultraportable (2.5 to 4 pounds) Mac. The ultraportable segment of laptops could use an Apple infusion. Sony currently rules the segment, at least in terms of design. Its Vaio TX series are gorgeous computers weighing under 3 pounds. But they're too pricey. And, at least in my experience, slow.
Apple could redefine the category, as it has redefined cell phones with the iPhone. But will an ultraportable Mac be affordable? Apple's PowerBook Duo 210 cost $2250 (U.S.) when introduced in October 1992. Adjusted for inflation, that's over $3230 in today's dollars.