I've been assuming for a while now that Apple was close to giving up on the aging polycarbonate MacBooks, but apparently not: AppleInsider's got a source saying that, pending a "industrial design overhaul," they're here to stay.
Lately, the plastic MacBook has felt like an unwanted orphan. It's a tired generation-old design that looks stodgy next to the slick new unibodies, but without it, Apple's cheapest laptop would cost $1200—a little too high for a lot of prospective Mac users, and most importantly, Laptop Hunters. (Think of the Laurens! The Jacksons!)