According to a Commercial Times report, Asustek Computer has attained a contract from Apple Computer for “iBook” portables, estimated at approximately 1.2 million units. The laptops will be powered by Intel Corp microprocessors and equipped with 13.3-inch widescreen displays. Reportedly, Apple will begin selling the new “iBook” in June. Suppliers of the LCD panels are to start deliveries this month.
Taiwan-based panel makers AU Optronics and Chi Mei Optoelectronics and Korea-based LG. Philips LCD recently received orders for 13.3-inch widescreen notebook panels from Apple with shipments kicking off in April. AU Optronics will ship about 40,000-50,000 units monthly to Apple, the Chinese-language Commercial Times report stated today.
MacDailyNews Take: The “MacBooks,” they are a comin’!
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Apple trademark filing suggests ‘iBook’ to be rebranded ‘MacBook’ – March 06, 2006
RUMOR: Apple iBook to become ‘MacBook’ while ‘MacBook Pro’ will offer more screen size choices soon – January 11, 2006