April 20, 2009 at 2:35 pm
Apple has opened the bidding to ODMs for its rumoured netbook according to a Commercial Times report. The report suggests that the current front-runner is Foxconn Electronics citing sources from the component supply chain. Details of when the order would ship, or the system itself, aren’t included with leak.
This follows last month’s news that Quanta was to be the likely manufacturer of the rumoured netbook. Foxconn already manufactures the Apple Macbook, expected to provide a big boost to its notebook shipment growth in Q2 2009. Apple is currently tight lipped on its plans (as always) but speculation points to a device that sits between its iPhone and Macbooks. The rumours seen so far point to a 10-inch touchscreen netbook or convertible tablet.
If Apple does release such a device, it’s unlikely to be priced in-line with other netbooks which cost in the $400-$600 range. During a previous Q&A session, Apple has said that “[they] don’t know how to make a $500 computer that’s not a piece of junk.”