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At the risk of sounding like a gossip rag, more rumors are floating around that an Apple netbook is in the works. This time, we even have a possible production date: third quarter of this year. China’s Commercial Times (via DigiTimes) is the source. Wintek, an […]

wind_os_xAt the risk of sounding like a gossip rag, more rumors are floating around that an Apple netbook is in the works. This time, we even have a possible production date: third quarter of this year. China’s Commercial Times (via DigiTimes) is the source. Wintek, an LCD panel supplier, claims to have the contract for a touchscreen Apple netbook, while Quanta is anticipated to build the device.

My estimation on this one is that it’s a smidge more believable than any prior rumor on this topic. All the right company names are involved, for starters, as Quanta currently builds Apple hardware products, not to mention many other notebook brands.

The timing sound right to me as well. The end of the year is holiday season, which is a time that’s ripe for hot new products. Also on the timing front: Apple doesn’t generally lead a market from the beginning. They often play the “wait and see” game to see what type of market develops and what opportunities are missed by those venturing in first. They didn’t invent the portable digital music market, for example, but they did redefine it once they saw it had legs and identified opportunities that others didn’t see. The smartphone market? Same story there with the iPhone. Now that the netbook market is a proven entity, Apple has the luxury of seeing where the market players went right and where they went wrong. And that netbook “hackint0sh” community? Consider them (myself included) to be a nice batch of beta testers for Cupertino, not to mention a knowledgable focus group.

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  1. Do you think it will be similarly priced and spec’ed as the Sony VAIO P ? Which seems to be a premium netbook.

  2. You left out the best part of the rumor “touchscreen netbook”? Sounds more like a large screen iPhone to me. But you all have been cheering for an ARM netbook. How about a multi-core ARM iPhone with an 8″ screen? 3rd quarter would also be a nice ship point for right after WWDC. Perhaps July?

    1. Kevin C. Tofel Scotty Monday, March 9, 2009

      Didn’t I say it here: “Wintek, an LCD panel supplier, claims to have the contract for a touchscreen Apple netbook”?

      I suspect that if Apple does any type of netbook-device, it will challenge the conventional, cookie-cutter devices we see today.

  3. best resller host Monday, March 9, 2009

    The big question here is…price. Are they going to come up with a sweet state of the art “netbook” that costs 900$? I don’t know…i wouldn’t consider taht a netbook, especially if you can buy a full fledged notebook from apple for another bill.

    Really, it’d have to be less that 800$. We’ll see…I’m not really holding my breath though.

    1. Hmm, an Apple “netbook” without a keyboard for $900 or more?

      When one can buy today’s netbooks for $400 or under and run the Mac OSX on them?

      Yawn….

  4. Even if the rumor is false, maybe if said rumors recur enough Apple will get the memo and realize they have a potential show stopper on their hands. Rumor mill keep on truckin!

  5. Atom Netbooks Monday, March 9, 2009

    I really hope an apple netbook is coming, but i cant help but think it will be so overpriced. It will no doubt be in line with the sony vaio “not a netbook” netbook, that retails for nearly £1000.

    Touchscreen sounds good. I hope its a 7″ ipod touch/iphone type thing, like i blogged about here: http://tinyurl.com/bz6joe

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