New MacBooks: Available next week and made by lasers?

NVIDIA chipsets also predicted

Those Apple MacBook rumours just keep on coming – the latest ones suggest that the new machines will be created using a revolutionary manufacturing process and unveiled on October 14.

As MusicRadar has previously reported, it's widely expected that updated MacBook and MacBook Pro models will make an appearance before the end of 2008, and 9to5Mac is suggesting that these could be built in a completely new way.

If the speculation is to be believed, lasers and jets of water will be used to carve out the laptops' cases from solid blocks of aluminium (the process is reportedly going by a codename of 'Brick').

9to5Mac states that this could have several advantages: the elimination of weak spots, no seams or screws, and laptops that are lighter and cheaper to produce.

"If speculation is to be believed, lasers and jets of water will be used to carve out the laptops' cases from solid blocks of aluminium."

Over at TUAW, it's also being suggested that the new MacBooks will have NVIDIA chipsets, though the processors will still come from Intel. If this turns out to be true, it's likely that the laptops will have better graphics capabilities than their predecessors – does Apple have an eye on the gaming market?

These and other questions may be answered next week, but don't count on it. As always, predicting Apple's next move is difficult, and we might have to wait a bit longer for the new MacBooks.

If you're thinking of buying one of the existing models, though, MusicRadar's advice is to hold fire and see what happens…


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