Apple Netbook In The Near Future

According to a report from AppleInsider, Apple is in talks with a Taiwanese system manufacturer to begin making netbooks next year.In case you haven’t been following the Apple netbook situation, this is a huge deal. Apple netbooks have been faked by hackers and tinkerers for a long time now, and almost everyone is saying they’d want one. Apple’s been notoriously disinterested in netbooks, as it usually aims for a high-end crowd.However, according to an article by the Taiwanese Government Info Office says Quanta vice chairman and pres C.C. Leung expects his company will be booming in 2009 due to a huge influx of netbook-related contract orders.HP and Sony also signed contracts with Quanta this wuarter. The report states that not only will it manage “orders from existing brand clients as Acer, Lenovo, Hewlett Packard and BenQ, Quanta is expected to add Sony [U.S.] and Apple as clients for the contract manufacture of netbook computers in 2009.”Quanta shipped a massive 9.7 million netbooks 3Q 2008 but expects a more plateaued number for Q4.Steve Jobs downplayed his offerings to the “nascent category” but said his company wants in if the market builds up. “As best as we can tell, there’s not a lot of them being sold,” he told analysts in October. “But we’ll wait and see… we have got some pretty interesting ideas if it does evolve.” Luckily, his skeptical attitude seems to have gotten more firm.Needless to say, we’re incredibly excited. Come back soon for the latest on the Apple netbook.Via AppleInsider.

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