Thursday, October 09, 2008

Rumor: Apple Shipping $800 MacBook

The we is a buzz about the possibility of a new $800 Macbook. The rumor is fueled by reports at the Inquisitr sitting a source that has already received the new pricing list.

The Inquisitr claims that their source, an Apple retailer, has already been given the new price lists for Apple's upcoming laptops and that there are 12 price points ranging from $800 to $3100. Current laptops are said to have only 8 retail price points: 3 Macbooks (starting at $1099), 3 Macbook Pros and 2 Macbook Airs.

Duncan Riley, the author of the post, said he exclusively got the dirt from "a source we would categorize as reliable, would have access to such information, and who has been accurate in the past."

The folks at MacRumors seem a bit skeptical. Arnold Kim writes, "While The Inquisitr has no prior track record with Apple rumors, the owner of the site and author of the report is a relatively established blogger. One potential cause for doubt is that their source claims that "retail outlets usually get the price lists 10 days before products hit the market" which is not typical. Historically, price lists have appeared as early as a few days ahead of launch. The longest lead time in recent memory was about four days prior to a Monday iMac launch."

Apple has been cutting prices on some of their products so it isn't out of the realm of possibility. If anything I'm leaning towards a lower end product, I doubt the specs would blow us out of the water. But I guess we'll just have to wait until Oct. 14th to see if the rumor is true or not.

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