What would 2008 be without a few good Apple rumours? Well, unfortunately for those hoping to find out we shall never know because not even a week into the new year, the grapevines are abuzz with yet more speculation about an ultra-portable Mac notebook purportedly to be revealed at this months Macworld conference. Admittedly the proof of this new Mac comes in the form of a single picture, but we like to believe it is the real deal and not a cunning Photoshop mock-up - especially as we have the word of a rapper to prove it, and if you can't trust a rapper who can you trust?
As the image (a deliberate word choice just in case it isn't a photograph as claimed) shows the new system is considerably smaller than the current runt of the litter, the 13.3 MacBook, and looks to inherit the styling of its big brother MacBook Pro, in swanky brushed aluminium - although from this image I think I still prefer the looks of the Sony Vaio TZ. Dominating the space under the keyboard is a huge touchpad and mouse button the former of which supposedly uses the same multi-touch technology as seen in the iPhone, although how this will be implemented in OSX is yet to be seen beyond such uses as the already present two fingers on the touchpad right click already present in today's Mac notebooks.
The new notebook is suggested to forgo an internal DVD drive, in favour of an external USB model; which of course would fit well with Apple's policy of milking customers for as much cash as possible with official accessories. With MacWorld kicking off in just under a fortnight we shouldn't have too long to wait until we find out whether or not the rumours are true, so some exercising of your patience will be necessary - fingers crossed this one plays out.