Apple has invited the media and industry analysts to an event at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters Tuesday to talk about notebook computers.

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Apple has invited the media and industry analysts to an event at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters Tuesday to talk about notebook computers.

Apple’s MacBook line of laptops is long overdue to be refreshed, analysts have said. The question is price: Will Apple introduce laptops that cost less than $1,000?

The timing would be right for a new line of notebooks starting at $800, says VentureBeat, given that consumers are scared about the economy, their jobs and their retirement.

The invitation comes when there have been rumors for weeks that Apple has built a new manufacturing process to make less expensive laptops that appeared to be carved out of a single brick of aluminum.

But AppleInsider this morning dismissed this new manufacturing talk, claiming it has photos of the real new laptop.

In its last earnings call, Apple executives did hint about a “future product transition” that the competition would find difficult to catch up to.

Those intriguing sentences made some people think Apple was planning a tablet-style computer. With Apple, it could be anything.