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Is Apple planning a posh micro laptop for Macworld?

Apple aficionados Website Appleinsider, reveals that Apple will launch a new sub-notebook in January at the annual Macworld Expo and Conference.

The laptop will be probably manufactured by Asustek which has also debuted its own mini laptop, the Asus EEE and which is one of Apple's (opens in new tab) preferred partners.

Appleinsider says that the laptop will feature a 13-inch screen, an aluminium enclosure but no optical disc drives; a welcomed move as optical drives are power hungry devices and can always be connected as an external peripheral.

The laptop is apparently going to be presented as an ultra slim and chic laptop for Apple fanatics. There are rumours that the laptop will use LED backlights rather than normal LCD screens and it is a certainty that they will use Intel low power dual core processors.

Another almost sure bet is the inclusion of solid state memory. Ryan Block (opens in new tab) has successfully replaced an Apple laptop hard drive with a huge USD 2000 64GB SSD and has a video on its website.

32GB drives though are not that expensive - Ebuyer is selling a Samsung (opens in new tab) model for £189.99+VAT - which would make it the ideal partner for a £1000 laptop.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.