Report: Apple preps 15.4-inch iBook to be launched in 2006

“With Quanta Computer recently securing orders for a new model of the Apple iBook, Asustek has lost its status as the sole contract maker for the popular consumer notebook series, sources close to the deal revealed yesterday. Quanta, already the biggest contract maker for Apple’s PowerBooks, will start to ship 14.1-inch widescreen iBooks as early as the fourth quarter of 2005, the sources said,” David Tzeng and Rodney Chan report for DigiTimes.

“Asustek has also received orders for a new model, the 15.4-inch iBook, which will be launched in 2006, plus follow-up orders for the 12.1-inch iBook and 12.1-inch PowerBook, the sources said,” Tzeng and Chan report. “Both Quanta and Asustek declined to comment on their reported deals with Apple.”

Full article here.

Mac Rumors article reminds us that, “In general, Digitimes’ reports have been consistently inaccurate. Last report claimed that Apple would be shipping G5 iBooks as well as G5 PowerBooks by end of the 2nd Quarter of 2005.”

16 Comments

  1. Yeah, everyone’s reporting on this one. I don’t believe the 15.4 in iBook. We were supposed to get a 15.4 in PowerBook years ago, but instead all we got was a lousy Al book with 15.2 and 17 in screens and backlit KBs.

  2. Does anyone know if there are nation-wide shortages of the 12″ Powerbook? I referred a friend to our local CompUSA to purchase the aabove-mentioned Powerbook (CompUSA was having a 36-months same as cash sale) — We ordered the ComboDrive 12″ Powerbook with extra RAM — that was 5-6 WEEKS AGO — still no sign of the Powerbook! The nearest Apple Retail store is 45 minutes away — not too far but the CompUSA purchase was made there because of their special deal. The salespeople there are unable to give me any more info — any info by anyone would be appreciated. Thanks!

  3. NSAPAP,

    We’ve had trouble here putting our hands on the 12 inch Powerbooks. It’s been about 2 weeks since we’ve had one. My guess is that it may be due to trackpad issues reported on the PB line.

  4. This makes no sense. I’ve never ONCE read or heard users wanting a 15″ iBook. I’ve read and heard COUNTLESS people ask for a subcompact Mac. I’d buy one in a second. Why would Apple address a desire that doesn’t even appear to be there, rather than one that clearly is?

  5. Wow, MikeD, I’m sure you know and have contact with the entire computer-buyng universe. That way you know for certain what everyone wants and will buy.

    The fact that your limited set of information tells you no one wants a 15″ iBook and they’ll all buy a subcompact Mac must mean that Apple, with all of it’s research, focus groups and customer contact must be wrong.

    Often times companies will produce products that will sell, the Cube notwithstanding.

  6. i can see apple still protecting the powerbook line….
    so we get 12/14/15.4″ ibooks… meanwhile
    we get 17/23/30″ powerbooks

    makes sense to me!
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  7. I have a few friends who have said that they would like to buy an Apple but they need the very smallest and lightest computer available and Apple doesn’t carry that in their line. So I would tend to agree with Mike D.

  8. They need something lighter and smaller than 4.5lbs? I know a 5′ tall 103lbs woman that carries a 15″ Powerbook around without problems all of the time, and its a bit over a pound heavier… Tell them to start lifting weights ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” /> I loved my Powerbook, but when I got my 12″ Powerbook it was the best combination between full features and small/light weight design… but no matter the maker, sub-compact laptop sales are small portion of the overall laptop market.

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