It seems like Apple has finally seen the light and may already be in the process of creating one of those very popular smaller, inexpensive portable netbook computers.
According to Dow Jones, we could see an Apple netbook (Stock Quote: AAPL) as soon as the second half of this year.
People close to the situation say Apple is working with manufacturers Wintek and Quanta Computer to assemble the first Apple branded netbooks. Those companies currently produce netbooks for other companies.
Netbooks, as recently pioneered by Asus with their popular Eee line of computers are also being marketed by Dell (Stock Quote: DELL), HP (Stock Quote: HPQ), Lenovo and others. They are small in size and computing power but extremely portable. Netbooks do not usually have CD or DVD drives inside but do have Wi-Fi connectivity. Prices range from a low of less than $300 for models with 7-inch screens to more $700 for larger-screen devices with larger amounts of memory and internal storage which run on Microsoft’s Windows XP (Stock Quote: MSFT). Netbooks usually weigh less than 3 pounds.
One industry expert is guessing that Apple’s mini laptop computers will likely have monitor screens that are between 9.7 inches and 10 inches, while another says specifications and functions are still under evaluation.
Currently, Apple’s least expensive laptop is their white MacBook, which comes with a 13.3-inch screen, 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, a 120 GB hard drive. It sells for $999, runs on the latest version (10.5) of Apple’s OS X and weighs 4.5 pounds.
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