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Apple looks to NAND flash for subnotebook

updated 12:15 pm EST, Wed March 7, 2007

Apple looks to NAND flash

Apple is increasing its use of NAND flash technology in its future product development plans, and is designing a new subnotebook that uses NAND flash memory as its primary storage, according to American Technology Research senior analyst Shaw Wu. "Our sources indicate that Apple would like to introduce the [subnotebook] in 2H07 to further capitalize on its strong MacBook growth, but timing will be dependent on NAND vendors' ability to drive down pricing further, making it econmically attractive for Apple," Wu wrote in a research note obtained by MacNN. Despite aggressive price reductions in NAND flash over the past few years, analysis indicates that mobile hard drive storage still offers a price advantage of 7-8 times over NAND flash. Wu speculates that NAND flash in notebook PCs will likely be limited to the high-end ultra-portable market through 2007. The analyst also believes Apple is migrating the rest of its iPod line to NAND flash from hard drives, but says that fairly low price points and strong demand for high storage capacities will likely prevent this from occurring until late 2007-2008.

Wu also points to a widescreen video iPod under development at the Cupertino-based company, but suggests the new device won't ship until after the iPhone in June to avoid detracting from that launch.

"In the meantime, we anticipate the current video iPod to see storage capacity increases (there are currently 30GB and 80GB models)," Wu wrote.

Sources indicate that Apple is leaning towards using the same "mini" version of Mac OS X as the iPhone for future iPod models. Wu believes that factor could prove particularly important because the mini version of Apple's operating system has a much smaller footprint, running with as little as 4GB of space.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Macola

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sue 'em!

    So, is Apple going to sue Shaw Wu for publishing leaked information?

  1. Monstermind

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ... all I want are new desktops. s**** the iPhone.

  1. macfan01

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Small footprint !!!!

    4 Go !!!! Don't you mean 4 Mo !!

  1. Smurfman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: monstermind

    "... all I want are new desktops. s**** the iPhone."

    YYYEEEESSSS!!!!! PLEASE!!!! We are in DIRE need for desktops and we are not purchasing until the 8-core is released.

    Apple, release them soon (like my post is really going to help them be released sooner). Well, at least it relieves a little frustration. ;-)

  1. Sprocket

    Joined: Dec 1969


    mmmmm . . .

    subnotebook. mmmmm . . . Apple.

  1. sixcolors

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Out of date

    Isn't this article a little out of date?

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