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Rumors Heat Up About Apple Netbook

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 14 comments

Yesterday the new rumors about Apple’s supposed touchscreen netbook were the talk of the town.

Reports that Taiwanese company, Wintek, would be supplying touchscreen panels to Quanta computer (who would be responsible for manufacturing the Cupertino company’s newest laptop), hit the wire early yesterday morning and people have been speculating ever since with little tidbits are trickling through from supposed Apple sources.

Citing people “close to the situation” CNN says two sources told Dow Jones Newswires that, while the specifications and functions are still being evaluated, Apple is indeed working with Taiwan's Wintek and Quanta Computer. The two also revealed that these netbooks are likely to be between 9.7-inch and 10-inch models.

Yesterday’s report was something an awful lot of people took with a grain of salt. Sure it might be credible information, but it could just as easily be a lot of hot air over nothing. With Dow Jones jumping on the bandwagon it’s definitely going to kick the rumor mill into gear.

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    bourgeoisdude , March 10, 2009 1:42 PM
    LOL @ title.

    ...perhaps you meant "rumors heat[/] up about Apple netbook..."?
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    Tedders , March 10, 2009 1:48 PM
    bourgeoisdudeLOL @ title....perhaps you meant "rumors heat[/] up about Apple netbook..."?

    Lets hope so...
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    Shnur , March 10, 2009 2:12 PM
    So they finally decide to get in that business...?
    Doing something between an iPhone and a MacBook. I just hope it's not going to be the same interface as the iPhone...
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    Tedders , March 10, 2009 2:14 PM
    shnurSo they finally decide to get in that business...?Doing something between an iPhone and a MacBook. I just hope it's not going to be the same interface as the iPhone...

    I think the biggest concern is the price. I dont think that Apple will put the iPhone interface into a netbook (if they even make one). If they can keep the price down it would be awesome. I don't think that Apple can/will do that however.
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    DouglasThurman , March 10, 2009 2:22 PM
    Why buy an overpriced Apple Netbook? Buy an OS and a Dell Mini-9. *ducks Apple Fanboys* I know, I know...I'm just saying.
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    Tedders , March 10, 2009 2:23 PM
    DouglasThurmanWhy buy an overpriced Apple Netbook? Buy an OS and a Dell Mini-9. *ducks Apple Fanboys* I know, I know...I'm just saying.


    Trust me, its crossed my mind! Their prices are getting a little ridiculous. Just a little ;) 
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    hellwig , March 10, 2009 2:57 PM
    Wouldn't a 10" touchscreen signify a Tablet computer over a netbook? Tablet PCs aren't notoriously cheap (so Steve Jobs won't feel bad about having to sell crap at fair market value, which Apple apparently doens't know how to do according to him).
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    norbs , March 10, 2009 3:03 PM
    DouglasThurmanWhy buy an overpriced Apple Netbook? Buy an OS and a Dell Mini-9. *ducks Apple Fanboys* I know, I know...I'm just saying.


    Yep this is an option, I made one of these from a dell d620 for under $500 and its runs great. Although being able to have a complete fully supported (by apple) system would be better since you don't have to worry about keeping back ups in case an update blows up your computer.
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    zodiacfml , March 10, 2009 4:43 PM
    more likely not a netbook especially pricing.
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    eddieroolz , March 10, 2009 5:31 PM
    If a $700 laptop is a netbook, then Apple's got one.
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    JMcEntegart , March 10, 2009 5:37 PM
    The way I figure, netbooks have sort of wrecked the chances of anything smaller than 12 inches being considered anything but a netbook. Even if the machine is running on something more powerful than an Atom, people will still see a price tag higher than that of your average netbook on what looks like an average netbook and freak right out. Look at Sony's Lifestyle PC. The company insists it's not a netbook and people keep calling it one anyway.
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    frozenlead , March 10, 2009 6:37 PM
    ...why must apple invade every market with their iCrap.
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    Anonymous , March 10, 2009 9:59 PM
    omg a new mac omg omg omg omg im so excited omg omg mac is best omg omg omg omg omg omg
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    norbs , March 10, 2009 10:33 PM
    JobsLoverBoyeeomg a new mac omg omg omg omg im so excited omg omg mac is best omg omg omg omg omg omg

    hmm did windows crash on you?