Rumours that the first Apple netbook could be launched soon have re-emerged after the DigiTimes reported that Taiwan-based Quanta Computer will build the mini laptop.
Quanta manufactures laptops for most of the top consumer electronics vendors, so its involvement in an Apple netbook project wouldn't come as a surprise. DigiTimes, which cites a story in the Chinese-language Commercial Times, says Taiwan-based Wintek will supply touch panels for the Apple netbook, and that panel shipments will likely start in the second half of 2009.
If these stories are true, it would appear that Apple is moving forward with its long-rumoured large-screen iPod Touch - also being called the 'Netbook Touch' - a touchscreen device with a 7- to 9in display and a virtual keyboard. Such a netbook would eschew the conventional keyboard-screen design of mini-notes from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and just about everyone else.
Unlike a traditional iPhone or iPod Touch, the Apple netbook would likely be large enough for watching HD video and running standard desktop applications. An external keyboard would probably be optional as well. Apple has not responded to the rumours.
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