Report: Foxconn may begin making Apple netbooks soon

Apple has chosen a company to manufacture its upcoming netbook. So says DigiTimes, quoting a Commercial Times report that itself cites "sources from the component supply chain."

Reportedly, Foxconn—the Taiwanese contract manufacturing heavyweight that’s already gotten a number of contracts from Apple—will get to build the system. DigiTimes adds that the MacBook line "will become Foxconn’s major notebook shipment growth contributor in the second quarter," which hints that the netbook might come out in that time frame. The report doesn’t explicitly mention a launch schedule or specifications, though.

For that, one has to turn to somewhat more obscure sources. We recently wrote about a Russian source that produced photos and specifications of the purported Apple netbook, saying it would arrive in the spring and pair an Atom processor with GeForce 9400 integrated graphics. The source also predicted an $899 launch price.

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    • axeman
    • 11 years ago

    Why is this non-news news when it concerns Apple?

      • WaltC
      • 11 years ago

      Hilarious…;) My favorite part:

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      • kamikaziechameleon
      • 11 years ago

      really long, but also really funny, good call on that one.

    • tesla120
    • 11 years ago

    remember steve jobs cant make a cheap computer that doesnt suck…

    • eitje
    • 11 years ago

    I predict it will be two iPod Touches with a hinge between them, where one of them acts as input-primary & display-secondary, and the other one reverses that.

      • xzelence
      • 11 years ago

      And the volume control and WIFI-switch will be located on the headphones they give you.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 11 years ago

        Don’t forget the power switch. Ultimate lock-in.

    • Farting Bob
    • 11 years ago

    I expect it’ll have something like a tablet screen like gigabyte has shown a while back (has that been released yet?), probably a CULV duel core as well.
    Still, there isnt much id like to use a 10″ laptop for that the current batch of netbooks cant do. Really just better IGP so it can play old games (such as those from 98-00, the golden era of PC gaming). I dont plan on doing much more with such a small keyboard.

    • Chairman_Now
    • 11 years ago

    I think everyone has this totally wrong.

    Apple’s new thing will compete with netbooks, but it won’t be a netbook.

    I’m guessing the following:

    + Table formfactor – think iPod touch blown up to an 8.9″ or 10.1″ screen. + NO keyboard (but possibly support for BT or USB keyboards)
    + “Scratchproof” screen
    + Super thin, like the Air
    + (way) Under 2lbs.
    + 10-12 hour battery life
    + ARM processor, possibly of their own design. NOT INTEL.
    + 512megs or 1 gig memory, 32 or 64 gigs SSD
    + Wireless, bluetooth, no ethernet
    + Minimal USB, perhaps no USB
    + Software installed/purchased via iTunes store ONLY (unless jailbroken)
    + Possible handwriting rec.
    + 3D graphics
    + Accelerometer

    In short, it’ll be similar to what Palm was trying with the Foleo, but perhaps less specifically geared to be your iPhone’s “friend”. It’ll have a higher price, but the features will be such that no one will realistically be able to make direct comparisons between netbooks and the iTablet.

    I’ll bet that my guess is going to be a lot closer than what that Russian site showed.

    • Hattig
    • 11 years ago

    Meh, $899 for an Ion-based Atom netbook, or $999 for a White Macbook with a Core 2 Duo CPU. Stupid.

      • adisor19
      • 11 years ago

      Ya well i get the feeling the white macbook is to be repalced by this new netbook so your comparison may not make much sense at release time. Apple only kept the white macbook in order to have something at the low end of their portable spectrum as the AL macbook was way too expensive. With a new netbook release, i’m ready to bet a lot that the white macbook will be gone forever.

      Adi

        • derFunkenstein
        • 11 years ago

        you’re on drugs if you think the entry level Macbook that JUST GOT REFRESHED is going anywhere anytime soon.

          • adisor19
          • 11 years ago

          Ummm as much as i hope this won’t be the case, it does make sense for Apple to can it. It’s an old design and they only reason they kept it going is because the AL macbook costs too much to make in its initial first batch. Later on, the AL will drop in price and if Apple introduces this rumored netbook that will have a price close to what the plastic macbook currently has, they will definitely can the plastic macbook.

          Adi

            • yogibbear
            • 11 years ago

            If anything aluminium prices are only going up from where they have been. Do you not realise what has happened to the materials prices???

    • StashTheVampede
    • 11 years ago

    LED backlit, 10″ screen, low end CULV (death to Atom) processor, 2GB of ram — would be a plenty fine box to surf.

    • dermutti
    • 11 years ago

    For $900, I’d have to be getting something more than an Atom.

      • Sargent Duck
      • 11 years ago

      You can play your iTunes on it!

    • Vasilyfav
    • 11 years ago

    Ah yes, take a regular atom netbook, put an Apple logo on it, add $500 to the price sticker – and you have a business model. At least 9400 GF graphics somewhat redeems it (not really).

    • Xenolith
    • 11 years ago

    It is not a netbook if it costs $900. One of the pre-requisites of a netbook is that it be low cost.

    Apple has too much pride to make just another atom-based netbook. This will have a tech twist of some sort. I am guessing this won’t be a notebook form factor, just a larger version of the Ipod touch… more like a touch tablet.

      • Game_boy
      • 11 years ago

      I would love it if it suddenly turned out to be Via Nano or Athlon Neo. That would make it different to ‘just another Atom’. But it won’t.

        • adisor19
        • 11 years ago

        This seems to be the general consensus. I mean if they’re gonna charge 900$ like Sony does for the Vaio P series, you bet they won’t slap a lousy Atom in there.

        Adi

          • leor
          • 11 years ago

          well knowing apple they will get some unreleased special processor from intel, maybe a ULV dual core atom or something.

          as long as it’s not the n270 or n280, i’ll be happy.

            • adisor19
            • 11 years ago

            Indeed, i hope it’s anything but the current Atom. Even a ULV cellery would do.

            Adi

    • R2P2
    • 11 years ago

    A $900 “netbook”? Yup, that sounds like Apple.

      • BlackJammy
      • 11 years ago

      Yes, a $900 /[

      • valrandir
      • 11 years ago

      3 real netbooks for the price of one apple

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