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Video of alleged new MacBook design appears

updated 10:20 am EDT, Fri October 10, 2008

New MacBook Video

Apple's upcoming MacBook refresh may have been captured in detail, according to a video recorded by the same Taiwanese outlet that also produced photos of the alleged top shell for the computer. The short clip shows what appears to be a partly assembled system that seems virtually identical to the MacBook Air except for the logo, including the webcam, trackpad and power button.

It's unclear whether the footage is accurate. Although there are no conspicuous signs of manipulation of the image, the thinness of the main portable body and the bottom panel nearby raise the possibility of the clip showing an Air alone. The keyboard area is notably covered up during recording for unknown reasons.

Regardless of accuracy, analysts and most observers anticipate Apple moving to aluminum for all of its MacBooks rather than the plastic used on existing models. Previous descriptions have also suggested a more tapered metal design for Apple's entry-level system.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. alfrank

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    Definately fake...

    This is clearly a MacBook Air. Note the placement of the power button, the hinge and the even surface !

  1. alpich

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    Joined: Aug 2008


    Maybe fake?

    Wouldn't it be possible to take the white screen boarder of the current macbook and put it over a macbook air? This is what it looks like to me. Maybe the reason that cardboard is there is not to cover up the keyboard but to cover what would be an obvious miss-match to the screen and the boarder. There is something strange about the way the monitor is sitting in the picture that displays the power on button. Like there might be even a screen behind it?


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    One thing...

    Yes, this looks just like an Air. I am using one now and as I watched the vid I compared.

    If they had shown the ports I would have been more inclined.

    I think its a "joke" video meant to play fun at the current rumors.

    Also, if they had show the screen bezel from further out one could have measured to make sure "MacBook" was centered or not.

  1. Jeronimo2000

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    Doesn't it surprise you that in the year 2008, where even cellphones have built-in autofocus, those alleged spy photos are ALWAYS out of focus and NEVER show details?

    There's a reason why this lamer doesn't show the whole machine, instead goes around the frame in that annoying blurry close-up.

    I call fake.

  1. digdog1

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    Yeah right...

    About as convincing as the alien autopsy video. The only detail that differs from a standard MacBook Air is the lack of the word "air" in the text label at the bottom of the screen. Someone's either removed the "Air" from the logo or dummied-up a fake label for the bottom of the screen.

    Five questions:

    1.Where are the shots of the ports and CD slot?

    2. What's that apparatus that's barely visible behind the screen that seems to be propping it up?

    3. Why is the bottom of an Air case sitting beside the laptop?

    4. Why are the shots so closeup and out of focus?

    5. Do they think we're idiots?

  1. testudo

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    Re: yeah right

    5. Do they think we're idiots?

    Well, they got you all to watch the video.

  1. BelugaShark

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    RE: ALL

    These are the same items on other websites, it seems someone got a hold of some manufactured parts, either from the factory or from Apple's parts warehouse.
    Although these pics resemble the Air, they are not necessariliy the current Air. For one, the power button on the Air is placed lower down along the right side, this one is closer to the upper edge. On the Air when the screen lid is opened, the bottom edge of the screen falls behind the case, in these images it seems to sit above the case.

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