Apple Netbook Rumors Stirred by Taiwan Newspaper
Speculation about a possible Apple netbook is again racing across the Internet, after a Taiwan-based newspaper reported that two Taiwanese companies have been selected to contribute to the device. Apple offers no comment, but this latest publication has renewed interest in the possibility that Apple has netbook and mininotebooks designs in its product pipeline. If so, Apple would join the ranks of Dell, Acer, Lenovo, HP and Asus.Is it finally time for an Apple netbook? Commercial Times, a Taiwanese daily financial newspaper, on March 9 again raised rumors of an Apple netbook when it reported that Taiwan-based Quanta Computer-a contributor to the Apple iPhone-will be making such a device for Apple. Commercial Times additionally reported that Wintek, also based in Taiwan, would supply touch panels for the small, low-cost notebook.
Digitimes, picking up the Chinese-language story, reports that Wintek representatives said no shipment schedule has been worked out, but shipments are likely to begin midyear.
On the Apple Watch blog, eWEEK's Joe Wilcox agrees with the assessment that Apple and netbooks aren't a fit. For several reasons, Wilcox writes that all the hype might be only hype. An Apple spokesperson did not return requests for comment. Earlier in March, Apple launched several new Macs, including new versions of the iMac, Mac Mini and Mac Pro. The release of the updated Mac Pro desktops included new Intel Xeon processors that are part of the chip maker's "Nehalem" family. While Apple said its Macs were more affordable, some analysts criticized the company for not offering at least one full-sized Mac below the $1,000 price range.