Refreshed internals, lower price point possible.
Light-weight Stylish Mac Laptops in 2006?
The new models are expected come in at the following specs:
12-inch notebooks at 1.5kg (3.3lbs)
14-inch notebooks below 2kg (4.4lbs)
Apple's current iBook comes in at 2.2kg (4.9lbs) for the 12" and 2.7kg (5.9lbs) for the 14" model. Meanwhile, Apple's PowerBook weighs 2.1kg (4.6lbs) for the 12" and 2.5kg (5.6lbs) 15" model.
The article/analyst does not specify whether or not these notebooks represent revised PowerBook or iBook models. One early report did claim that the upcoming Intel PowerBook would see a 20-25% thinner design when it was introduced as early as February. Meanwhile, iBook rumors point to a January release, but expectations of a 13.3" model rather than a 14" model.
The reliability of this information is uncertain.