Apple "signs off tablet netbook", says reliable rumour-mill

14 July 2009

Hooray for the Chinese. Just when we hadn't carried a chewy Apple rumour for at least several days, The China Times spreads unsubstantiated whisperings of a netbook release for the Autumn:

"Although there are many reports that highlight the new iPhone debut during the last month as well as Steve Jobs’ return, Jobs will not face any new product shortage, at least not for this year. Taiwan’s high-tech supply chain companies said Apple will debut its first netbook in October. Three corporations – Foxconn, Wintek, Dynapack have received direct orders from Apple. Foxconn will be the main manufacture for Apple’s new netbooks, since Foxconn cooperated with Apple on designing and ultimately manufacturing iPhone.

"According to reliable information, Apple will not follow the current market trend (by producing netbooks with screens about 10.2 or 10.1 inches in diagonal length.) Instead, Apple will produce screens with about 9.7 inches in diagonal length. Touch screen will be installed.

"Because Apple will adopt touch screen technology on its netbooks, Apple will not target low-end consumers, avoiding direct competition with Acer and Asus. Apple’s netbook (or a "tablet" as many call it,) will probably be sold at around $800 USD each."

It's all true. Have a read of the original article in The China Times if you don't believe me. It still doesn't seem all that likely, though. All the pleading for a netbook has come from the Apple fanboys so far, but there's the bigger question of whether Apple would really want a product line for the sake of it. Netbook sales are good, though their numbers are still expected to be a drop in the ocean compared to desktop PCs, and even regular-sized laptops (called Notebooks in this research by DisplaySearch) :

Even the pricing throws doubt on the article - at $800, there'd only be a $199 difference between the netbook and the MacBook in the US. That price doesn't make it nearly competitive enough to take a chunk out of the current market, or even suggest it could grow the market to make it worth Apple's while.

It'd be a cool toy and it's nice to dream, but what could an $800 iPhone tablet do that an iPhone or netbook can't? It feels like a step too far, for Apple and the consumer. Christ, I never thought I'd say that.

[MacRumours]

TOPICS:   Gadgets

8 comments

  • bykergrove
    nice ending paragraph
  • James
    Stealing microsofts idea..... Microsoft have advocated the tablet for so damn long. Apple steal it and all the frappucinno supping little cunts will lap them up. -_-
  • Not J.
    James, I think you'll find that Apple are not "stealing" Microsoft's idea, mainly because they are: a) not producing a 'tablet' b) have not named anything a 'tablet' c) the term 'tablet was attributed by the people who wanted Apple to produce it No ideas have been stolen. Now grow the fuck up and quit insulting the "frappucinno supping cunts" as you politely refer to them. Get out of your hole in the basement, away from the stale, recirculated air of your PC fan and breathe the fresh air of tranquility in your garden and worry about things like how your going to one day be drinking that frappucinno and enjoying it for what it is and not the identity shit likes you attach to it. Yours sincerely, Me
  • Darren
    Got to agree with NOT JAMES on that one James. Apple are great, and yes I am a fanboy, and love all things apple except for the Macbook AIR and the idea of a BIG Ipone Tablet. Apple are awesome at what they do, Quality over everything along with innovative ideas... but this is going to be like the New aston Martin... we produce a £100K car ONLY, but heres a cheap 20K Aston Martin as well... they are trying to get that low end spender without damaging its brand, and without releasing something ugly like the new little 20K aston Martin then they just aren't going to be able to do it, and it will end up like another Macbook Air product.... making people wonder what its for? when for the same cost I can get a macbook.
  • Pure-Klenz
    Darren you toss pott - your arguement goes straight out the window when in your opening line you say "...and yes I am a fanboy" you boner
  • BiX
    Apple had the idea (and product first): the Newton, many years ago. As with the GUI interface (Mac). We need thousands of this tablet for our University: - Light (200 to 400 g). The MacBook Air is too heavy for us! - Small (pocketable if possible). The MacBook Air is too large for us! - Mac OS X inside to run NATIVE Apple Keynote and Microsoft PowerPoint files. Editing them a bonus. - Video-out port for full blown presentations on videoprojector. - Firewire for Target Disk Mode repairs. - Ethernet port for wired Internet. Yes, we need it wired! - At least two USB2 ports for wireless remote control and pendrive. Can Apple deliver?
  • Shemeka Z.
    netbook review(s) Gute Tests zum Thema findet ihr auf http://www.netbook-community.de. Hab auf der Page viele gute Berichte rund um das Asus Netbook gefunden gerade dieses ist im Bereich netbook community ja ein riesen Newcomer! Schaut es euch mal an die Community hat dieses Asus Netbook überzeugt.
  • Mothers
    Excellent blog with lots of useful information on [the apple stores]

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