Details on Apple’s Netbook Trickling Out

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One of the most solid reports yet on Apple’s rumored plan to release a netbook emerged yesterday, and this has been followed by a additional details today.

The Dow Jones news service claims a pair of unnamed sources have confirmed the previous report, that Taiwan’s Wintek will supply the touchscreens for this device, which will be built by Quanta Computer.

One of the Dow Jones’ sources went on to say that this model’s display will be roughly 10 inches. The second source, however, said nothing about the hardware has been officially decided on yet.

If Apple is going to release a netbook, a 10-inch display is the likeliest option, as that has proved to be the most popular option on current netbooks.

So far, all the sources say that the launch of this model will happen some time in the second half of this year.

What’s a Netbook?
Netbooks are inexpensive, entry-level notebook computers that sell for low prices, generally around $500 or less. To reach the lower price point, they offer relatively slow processors, smaller displays, and less storage than typical laptops.

There are quite a few of these on the market now, offered by a range of companies, including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and MSI. With the bad economic conditions prevailing around the world, netbooks are proving to be quite popular because of their low prices.

Still, many are skeptical that Apple would make a notebook that sells for anywhere close to $500, as it’s a company that has historically asked customers to pay a premium for its notebooks.

Is It a Tablet?
The report that Apple’s upcoming device will have a touchscreen hints that this model may be a tablet shape, instead of a traditional laptop design.

There have been rumors around for some time at  this company has a tablet PC on the drawing board. This will supposedly be a scaled up version of the iPod touch, this company’s handheld computer.

Via Dow Jones



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