iPhonAsia comment: Digitimes is reporting on a story in the Chinese language Commercial Times about production of an Apple netbook. True or false? Let’s just say it’s plausible. It should also be noted that Digitimes has a hit-and-miss track record on Apple product rumors.
While the netbook space has been popular, Apple has not rushed forward with a “me too” device. There is also no assurance that the rumored Apple device (if it moves from concept to production) will be a netbook. Given the rising popularity of ebooks, it’s possible (pure guesswork) that Apple’s rumored new device will be a more compact touch-screen tablet. According to an April 11, 2009 AppleInsider report, Steve Jobs played a big part in the recent iPhone OS 3.0 release, and is apparently working on a tablet-size device (bigger than an iPhone and more compact than a netbook).
Commercial Times, April 20; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Monday 20 April 2009]
Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is in the running to land orders for a netbook from Apple, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report citing sources from the component supply chain.
Apple’s MacBook will become Foxconn’s major notebook shipment growth contributor in the second quarter, added the paper.