Every time a new Apple press event is announced, the speculation runs rampant. This time the press event isn’t even announced and speculation is brewing quickly.
According to 9to5mac, Apple will unveil new MacBook's at a press event to be held on October 14. The fact that new MacBook's are supposed to be coming is only half the rumor. What's making some of the biggest waves is the report that the new MacBook cases will be machined out of one solid chunk of aluminum.
The system is already being called the MacBook Brick as an ode to the solid brick-like metal chunk the new and revolutionary process is said to start with. The Brick is cut out with lasers and jets of water to produce a one piece, seamless case for the new MacBook systems.
The new manufacturing process is supposed to make design changes faster and allow Apple to reap cost savings, which will drive the price of the Mac notebooks down. 9to5mac says its source insists that the rumor of the new manufacturing system for the MacBook computers is accurate.
Advantages to the new manufacturing process will include no need to bend the metal, which reduces weak spots and folds and eliminates the need for screws to hold the case together. This should make for a sleeker looking computer that is lighter and stronger than previous MacBook designs. This is all speculation at this point and we can only wait and see if the mythical press event on the 14 of this month materializes.
The last MacBook update added new processors and a few tweaks -- nothing as interesting as this new design process.
quote: Agreed, carbon fiber would be the way to go.
quote: Carbon fiber has great str/weight ratios in certain aspects, but has relatively weak tensile strength... so its good for the hood of your car, but not so good as a door which would take head on (contorting) impacts, etc. Thats why you are loath to make an aircraft wing out of carbonfiber. Carbonfiber is not as strong as aluminum as far as making a casing for a computer (albeit I am still in college here, so please by all means correct me if I have placed a foot in my mouth).
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quote: Additionally,depending on what matrix the carbon fibers are set in, it could be a great conductor of heat (eg, metal with carbon fibers or carbon reinforced carbon (sounds crazy, but that is what the nose of the space shuttle is made of)).
quote: Sorry but we don't keep damaged parts around. When the physical shock of dropping or other rough handling cause a failure, how else do you think it would happen? Laptop just got mad and decided to quit? Hardly.
quote: 9to5mac says its source insists that the rumor of the new manufacturing system for the MacBook computers is accurate.
quote: But then again this article is coming from a source who says its source is credible according to a rumor. Not exactly inspiring my confidence there.
quote: Water jets are used for cutting, lasers as well. Not sure what magic factories Apple has, but I have yet to see something that can hog out the center of a brick, without it being in pieces first. Even the best 5 axis machines can't do this, so I would be interested to see what they actually are doing here.
quote: So, carbide bits are free?
quote: You don't understand how heat dissipation works either. There is always heat "in" the metal, no it doesn't "radiate' Back because it's always at a lower thermal gradient, though this does increase the 'sink temp so it becomes less effective.
quote: If you've never met one yet, you must have never met anyone who ever had a laptop fail from physical stress. MOST of us have met someone, many who have had it happen (hint: it is the #1 cause of laptop failure).
quote: MacBook Brick
quote: In the electronics world, doesn't brick generally mean an electronic device that is non-functioning?
quote: will drive down the price of McBooks
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quote: The new manufacturing process is supposed to make design changes faster and allow Apple to reap cost savings, which will drive the price of the Mac notebooks down.