Is a Mac netbook finally in the works? Maybe:
Sounding more like speculation at best, two anonymous sources have reportedly confirmed to Dow Jones that Apple is planning to launch a touchscreen netbook in the second half of this year.
The report describes the sources only as “two people close to the situation.”
One such person claimed the display would be “between 9.7-inches and 10-inches” while the other said specifications and functions are still “under evaluation.”
The second source also said Apple is working with Taiwanese display manufacturer Wintek Corp. and the world’s largest notebook maker Quanta to assemble the new machines.
My 13-inch MacBook seems plenty small enough. Now that I finally have a decent bag for it*, it’s not even any hassle getting through airports. Weight isn’t even really an issue. When it is, there’s not a whole lot (other than blogging) I can’t get done on the iPhone. It’s enough to make you wonder if the Mac netbook is a niche product without a niche.
Except, of course, that the PC and Linux units sell like crazy, and Apple would probably be crazy to skip out on what looks like the next big thing.
But personally, I still don’t get it.
*This Targus bag rocks. All your cables, pens, batteries, etc., goes in one side, and nothing but your laptop in the other. When going through airport security, you unzip the bag in half, lay it flat, and send it right through the scanner — no need to remove your computer.