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MacWorld 2008 Rumors Compendium: MacBook Nano & 9-inch Dual-Screen MacTouch

January 6th, 2008 · No Comments

The InsanelyMac forum has rounded up the most plausible rumors for upcoming announcements during the MacWorld 2008. This came from a supposed leaked transcript of the keynote. It includes highly plausible information on iPhone SDK, iTunes 8 and a new MacBook Pro with Penryn. More interestingly, the transcript includes a MacBook Nano with SSD and integrated graphics and MacBook Touch, a drool-worthy product of an imaginative mind which consists of a device with two nine-inch multi-touch screens. Yes, we all can’t wait for MacWorld.

Mac Nano

 

  • Redesigned Mac–Mini
  • Half the height as its predecessor
  • Now has an anodized aluminum shell.
  • 2.2GHz and 2.4GHz Santa Rosa chips
  • 32GB flash solid state drive (64GB build-to-order option, also option for 160GB conventional HDD)
  • On sale at MacWorld, ships February

 

Mac Pro

 

  • Based off the Penryn chipset
  • Dual 2.8 GHz Penryn Xeons standard
  • 2GB of RAM standard
  • 320GB HDD standard
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT Graphics standard
  • Blu-Ray build-to-order option for an extra $400

 

MacBook Pro

 

  • Mobile Penryn Chipset
  • 2.4GHz and 2.6GHz Speeds
  • 17” gets LED backlighting
  • 15” gets a build-to-order higher resolution similar to the 17” model
  • Keeping the 8600M GT graphics, but upping the video memory to 256MB and 512MB
  • Black anodized aluminum option similar to the iPod classic
  • On sale at MacWorld, ships February

 

Cinema Displays

 

  • Built in 2 megapixel iSight camera
  • Same resolutions
  • LED backlighting
  • All support 1080HD
  • New Prices : 20”: $399; 23”: $599; 30”: $1,249
  • On sale at MacWorld, Available at MacWorld

 

MacBook Nano

 

  • Ultraportable Mac
  • Same screen resolution and size as the current MacBooks; 13” at 1280×800
  • 1.6GHz and 1.8GHz low voltage Core 2 Duos
  • Low end model to feature a 32GB SSD and the higher end to have a 64GB SSD
  • $1,499 and $1,999 Respectively
  • No Optical Drives
  • Intel Integrated Graphics
  • 10 Hours of Battery Life
  • On sale at MacWorld, Available at MacWorld

 

iPhone

 

  • SDK Available at MacWorld
  • Developers can sell their signed apps from iTunes starting in March
  • New software includes Multimedia messaging, video recording with the camera, and an eBook reader
  • iPhone games available from the iTunes store
  • 3G iPhone announced (looks similar to the existing model)
  • iPhone available in more countries

 

iTunes & iPod

 

  • iTunes 8 released along with Movie Rentals and eBooks
  • Software update for iPod Classics and Touches to support eBooks

 

Front Row 3.0

 

  • All Leopard compatible Macs will be able to use it
  • Support for the iTunes Store
  • eBook Reader
  • SDK for 3rd Parties to make plugins
  • Can be controlled via Apple Remote, iPhone, or iPod Touch
  • iCal, Mail, and Safari integration

 

MacTouch

 

  • New product not in the MacBook family
  • Two 9″ multitouch-sensitve widescreens, both at 1280 x 854
  • Innovative, minimalist, two-way folding/sliding, dual-screen, multi-position design with magnetic clasps. Inspired by the paperback book, but thinner, more flexible and surprisingly tough.
  • No optical drive or mechanical HDD, uses a SSD drive.
  • Will run most existing OS X apps when in dual screen mode; 2nd screen becomes keyboard and touchpad
  • iPhone-ish springboard when in single screen mode
  • Multitouch sensitive version of iPhoto
  • Bluetooth, 802.11b/g, USB2.0, optical/analogue audio in/out, built in speakers & microphone.

 

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