Images of Fake "MacBook Nano" Surface

Not long after Apple updated its notebook line, we’re seeing mysterious pictures of a MacBook Nano.

Just a few weeks back Apple announced the arrival of the new MacBook and MacBook Pro. The run up to the event saw the rumors really kick into overdrive and while some were bang on the mark, others were just stabs in the dark.

For a while now, people have been talking about the possibility of a netbook from Apple or even just a more wallet friendly UMPC. With the world and it’s mother bringing out netbooks, it seemed likely that the company would bring out another travelmate laptop for all those Mac-mad students.

Apple’s October notebook event came and went and there was no sign of a netbook from Apple, however pictures doing the rounds show a smaller notebook called the MacBook Nano. They’re more fake than Pamela Anderson’s breasts, but they look pretty neat.

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Apple has a lot of extra cash floating around right now. The company has no debt and a stack of cash in the bank waiting to be spent. Realistically, if it wanted to put that money toward developing a netbook, it could. However, in a recent Apple earnings call Jobs said that the company didn’t know how to build a computer for under $500, the average price of a netbook.

“We don’t know how to build a sub-$500 computer that is not a piece of junk,” Jobs said. But Jobs also asserted that Apple has some "interesting ideas" for the segment so perhaps it’s not completely out of the question.

Around that time, a blog over on the New York Times lays claimed that Apple was indeed working on some sort of mobile internet device, going as far to say that it’s a netbook (but later hedging on it being an upgraded iPhone or NetMac). The source of the information was an unnamed search engine provider that supposedly “spotted Web visits from an unannounced Apple product with a display somewhere between an iPhone and a MacBook.”

Steve Jobs said during call that Apple will use its resources creatively to steal market share from its competitors, so new products are always a possibility.

Check out Gizmodo for more pictures.

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  • LePhuronn
    “We don’t know how to build a sub-$500 computer that is not a piece of junk”

    And the iPod and iPhone is the epitome of hardware engineering? The sound quality is abysmal on all the latest models (and my 5th gen) because of the cheap parts used in teh headphone jack and associated signal processors, yet they cost comparatively astronomical amounts.

    So how about cutting your ridiculous mark-up Steve on everything you do and maybe you can increase your market share and reach those who don't actually like your kit because of shortcuts and price tags...
  • spuddyt
    hey, you try making a computer for £10, apple needs their markup right?
  • LePhuronn
    I'm not trying to make a computer for £10.

    I have no problem with companies making a profit, how else will they grow and innovate. I'm merely making the point that Apple saying "we can't do that for less than $500" is more likely because their massive profit margin (at least 200% isn't it) won't allow them to sell that low rather than any genuine cost or hardware implications.

    The fact is Macs use the same hardware as other vendors who CAN and DO sell Netbooks sub-$500 so it's not like Apple has technical limitations.