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Foxconn competing for Apple netbook order?

updated 07:40 am EDT, Mon April 20, 2009

Foxconn Wants Mac Netbook

Foxconn is hoping to land an order for an Apple device which is now described as a netbook, Taiwan's Commercial Times newspaper says. The company is already one of Apple's key manufacturers for MacBooks but is seen as "in the running" among other competing firms to build the new, smaller portable. Details of when the order would ship, or the system itself, aren't included with the claimed leak.

The report fuels speculation and suggests possible competition for Apple's rumored future design. Last month, Quanta was tipped as the likely manufacturer for a device in the netbook class and would use a roughly 10-inch touchscreen display for a product due in the second half of the year.

Apple for its part has publicly declined netbooks, arguing that the devices are often too small to be useful, but has also said it has ideas of its own for the category.




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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    well

    I'm sure a lot of manufacturing companies, in this economy, would want to land a contract to build computers.

    Of course, none of this is any proof, indicator, or anything else that Apple actually has such a product in the pipeline.

  1. lklarson

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    That would interesting

    I've been telling people since Christmas, when my son gave it to me, that an iPod Touch is about 90% of the computer that most people need. Something in between the Touch and a MacBook Air would be very interesting. Might even get me to upgrade from my Pismo........... shudder. Did I say that out loud?

  1. lklarson

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    That would interesting

    I've been telling people since Christmas, when my son gave it to me, that an iPod Touch is about 90% of the computer that most people need. Something in between the Touch and a MacBook Air would be very interesting. Might even get me to upgrade from my Pismo........... shudder. Did I say that out loud?

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Cost is the problem..

    How much will people desperately in need of a cheap computer be willing to pay for an Apple netbook? I'm sure it's the cost of netbooks that are the selling factor and not the smaller size. Apple might end up with a product that only loyal Apple fans want and not get any switchers. I hope I'm wrong. Very little point in speculating, we'll need to see the product first. If it has a tablet form factor it should least eat into Kindle sales as a start.

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