A scaled-down MacBook Air would put Apple into territory traditionally occupied by netbooks.
Apple will release a scaled-down MacBook Air – kitted out with a 11.6-inch display – by the second half of 2010, according to the tech site Digitimes Research. If the Digitimes report is accurate, it would edge the MacBook Air, which currently features a 13.3-inch display, into territory traditionally occupied by Netbooks, the highly-portable, slimmed-down laptop computers.
As PC World's Jeff Bertolucci notes, "Apple management in the past hasn't been shy about expressing its disdain for Windows-based mini-notebooks, particularly models in the sub-$500 price range." Of course, even in rejiggered form the MacBook Air will be too pricey to go head-to-head with a regular old netbook. But a sleek and super-slim MacBook would certainly look like a netbook – and carry like one, too.