LCD Panel Supplier for Apple Netbook Product Selected?

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Digitimes reports that Wintek has been selected as the LCD panel module supplier for "Apple's upcoming e-book form factor netbook product".

That description seems pretty broad as to what kind of device Apple is actually coming out with. Both netbook and tablet possibilities have been the topic of speculation for months. Some sort of hybrid touchscreen netbook has also been described which seems most consistent with the circulating rumors.

Despite all the buzz surrounding this device, most rumors don't pinpoint its release until late 2009 or early 2010.

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emotion

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So, Apple's plan is to rebrand the Macbook as a Pro (FW please in this 13" revision Apple) and then make the new netbook and the white plastic Macbook both Macbooks?
 

DELLsFan

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... Despite all the buzz surrounding this device, most rumors don't pinpoint its release until late 2009 or early 2010
Too late. I'll invest in a DELL Mini 9 or 10v and Hackintosh it before I wait this long for Apple to get off their duffs and join the Netbook community.

:apple:
 

bobbleheadbob

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A new netbook is probably the one Apple product I don't want at this point. I'm enjoying my MacBook Air and it meets my portability needs. Of course, when an :apple: netbook actually does come out, I'll probably change my mind about that real quick!
 

Jarra

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Too late. I'll invest in a DELL Mini 9 or 10v and Hackintosh it before I wait this long for Apple to get off their duffs and join the Netbook community.

:apple:
pffffff. good luck with that. The best 'netbook' out there is the MacBook Air. I love mine. The rest are poor quality with poor user experiences.
 

askthedust

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here's my guess on the new feature

the tablet functions as a standalone device when away from your desk but you can connect it to a monitor and the screen becomes a typing keyboard, music keyboard, and whole other host of programmable input methods like the iphone.

open the platform up to developers and now you have a more expensive but still convenient app store ready at launch with some basic games ported over and adobe showing you how you can draw on it (bye bye wacom).
 

*LTD*

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pffffff. good luck with that. The best 'netbook' out there is the MacBook Air. I love mine. The rest are poor quality with poor user experiences.
+1

Agreed. But Apple priced the Air a little too far on the premium side. I'm all for Apple's pricing practices (which make perfect sense), but the Air is a bit too pricey. It's the most forward-thinking non-notebook notebook (I think "netbook" at this point is a pejorative) out there, however. The ideas it employs are very progressive, and it got there before anyone else did. Perhaps Apple was worried that the sexiness of the Air would have cut into their Macbook/MBP sales at the time. In any case, the Air is high on my shopping list should this rumoured netbook not quite pan out for me.
 

wrldwzrd89

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This is looking very, very interesting... Apple could use a product that fills the hole between the iPod touch/iPhone and the basic MacBook.
 

ltcol266845

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This has always amused me.

The moniker 'i' was used to designate a product that focused around using the internet, which I think is essentially lumping together email, browsing, word processing... all those basic simple tasks.

Now we have 'i' being replaced with 'net'... There are now rumors of 'nettops' which are super slimmed down desktops. This term 'net' is starting be thrown around as much as 'i' used to be, just without the associate to Apple.

Personally, I would not be surprised to see Apple bring back the iBook product name for this rumored 'netbook'...
 

Yebot

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Too late. I'll invest in a DELL Mini 9 or 10v and Hackintosh it before I wait this long for Apple to get off their duffs and join the Netbook community.

:apple:
Having had a dell mini9, hackintosh'd for 6 months, I'm ready to sell it and get a 10v based on keyboard size alone. The 9 is so hard to type on.

of course, waiting until after wwdc ...
 

Egnat69

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hmmm ... some sort of at least 3g capable internet tablet with office support (10 inch screen, full iwork functionality)??? ... could be interesting and would explain the 3g-codes in osx ... still don't think it's gonna be something that would fall under the netbook definitions...

btw: isn't msi's wind usually the prefered hackintosh machine?
 

DELLsFan

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Having had a dell mini9, hackintosh'd for 6 months, I'm ready to sell it and get a 10v based on keyboard size alone. The 9 is so hard to type on.

of course, waiting until after wwdc ...
Wise man ... +1 to you.

I would urge you to wait until the 10v's are actually tested and tried with OS X. Knowledgeable folks such as yourself are still waiting for their 10v's to arrive to begin the process. I like the new keyboard too, but if it can't run Leopard, I'll probably stick with the Mini 9.

I'd love to join the MBA club, Jarra - but the costs of membership are too great right now. The honeymoon is over. I'd like Cupertino to surprise me this fall with a $200-$300+ drop in the price of the Precious.

:apple:
 

wrldwzrd89

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hmmm ... some sort of at least 3g capable internet tablet with office support (10 inch screen, full iwork functionality)??? ... could be interesting and would explain the 3g-codes in osx ... still don't think it's gonna be something that would fall under the netbook definitions...

btw: isn't msi's wind usually the prefered hackintosh machine?
Agreed on all points, and yes the MSI Wind makes an excellent hardware base for a Hackintosh. Regarding the "3g-codes"... isn't that in Snow Leopard, or have traces been found in 10.5.7 too?
 

Egnat69

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Regarding the "3g-codes"... isn't that in Snow Leopard, or have traces been found in 10.5.7 too?
it is indeed snow leopard ... just double checked it... however i don't expect the tablit thingy to arrive before snow leopard but i'd love to be pro wrong on this one ;)
 

celtikmind

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So, Apple's plan is to rebrand the Macbook as a Pro (FW please in this 13" revision Apple) and then make the new netbook and the white plastic Macbook both Macbooks?
If they do this, they're not only ignorant but dumb as well. Dub them all MacBooks instead, what's so Pro about the Pro anyway? Today it's about bigger display, a GPU and getting people to pay more money for 'Pro'. If that's going to change why not just go for clean and simple. It's a "MacBook", period.

Actually, the whole thing is getting a tad ridiculous and starting to sound a bit like girlie teenagers trying fashion at the mall.

Girl 1: "What do you think of the new Prada?"
Girl 2: "What's it called?"
Girl 1: "Pret-a-Prada!"
Girl 2: "Ooooh, that's witty-pretty! I must have one!"

Cue - obsessive giggling. :rolleyes:
 

DELLsFan

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Same here. I absolutely love my MBA. Obviously I don't use it for any of my pro applications, but it does play a 720p trailer very nicely. As for the price I bought mine as a refurb and am loving the savings.
+1 for you, but I must beg to differ when grouping the MBA into a Netbook category in the first place. The MBA functions quite beautifully on the couch, in bed, or at Starbucks, I'm sure, but so does a MBP - and it's not a Netbook either. :)

If the MBA is the best Apple can do for those seeking a real Apple Netbook, then they may as well not even bother with new LCD Panel Suppliers - because I won't pay even a refurb cost for these puppies. :eek: They're just too expensive IMHO.
 

TraceyS/FL

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pffffff. good luck with that. The best 'netbook' out there is the MacBook Air. I love mine. The rest are poor quality with poor user experiences.
Not denying it's great.

Just not exactly "affordable" which is what "netbook" means these days.....

But hey, if you want to buy my DD one i'd be happy to tell you where to ship it!
 
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