Apple seeks third MacBook manufacturer

According to a report in the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN), Apple Computer is looking for a third contract manufacturer in Taiwan for its MacBooks, with Foxconn Electronics (the registered trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry) standing a good chance of becoming the new partner.

“Foxconn is eyeing orders from Apple for a 15-inch consumer notebook model, the paper said,” Rodney Chan reports for DigiTimes.

Chan reports, “Asustek Computer and Quanta Computer currently make Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro respectively, while Foxconn is a contract manufacturer for Apple’s desktops and iPods, the paper noted.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Michael in Helsinki” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Sales continue to be strong, it would seem. Now what’s this about a “15-inch consumer notebook model?” While we think that’s really a reference to the 15-inch MacBook Pro, do you think a 15-inch MacBook consumer model would work in the product lineup?

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22 Comments

  1. I’m afraid a 15″ MacBook might complicate

    the product line-up a bit. This has definitely

    not been an Apple ideology since Jobs’ return.

    Great to see that they need more manufacturers

    though, regardless of which computer it is.

  2. I lived with a 12″ PowerBook for years. Plenty of room for most work. I can’t see Apple bringing out a larger screen for the consumer books. However, with the introduction of faster processors in the MB Pro series, maybe they feel there is enough distinction between the two line to allow a common screen size. We’ll know soon enough.

  3. Apple said at WWDC that they were happy about their simplified line up. I don’t see them adding a 15″ macbook. But good news, last night I convinced my wife to let me get a macbook under the stipulation that I let her use it. Wahoo! It will be my FIRST owned Mac. But I am a college student; donations anyone?

  4. Spark has the beginning of a good point, there. We use a 12″ iBook because it’s easier for my wife to see the screen. The 13″ model would be as good for her and better for me. My mother could trade her 14″ iBook in for a 13″ with no problems.

    Apple is unlikely to bring out a 15″ MacBook without adding more differentiation to the MacBook Pro. A speed bump, a few extra ports and a couple extra basics would not be enough. A 64-bit processor would do the trick. Not that the extra power is required for most notebook uses, but the hunkier chip would add considerable cachet. All hype, but hype is important when you make a lot of money.

  5. I would to see a 13 inch pro model, i.e. one with a real video card and maybe an extra firewire port.

    Of course, I think they need a “mid-tower” as well, something between a mac mini and a mac pro with no built-in screen.

  6. A 64-bit chip adds more than hype for those Mac users who actually work for a living. A 64-bit chip adds years to the usefulness of the Mac Book Pro.

    A Lincoln Navigator is short lived hype, a Toyota Land Cruiser is years and years of extra usefulness.

  7. The Cube has shown us that Apple has had trouble bridging the gap between consumer and pro models in the past.

    However, a 14″ MacBook Pro thin may be a success in this untapped market space – if there is such a space…

    The products target would be on-the-go professionals – not graphics or creative types, but small business professionals.

    The secondary market would be niche’s of the corporate crowd trying out the Mac for Windows and Mac purposes, while some IT teams may simply buy the Mac due to it’s superior hardware and service – even it is becomes a Windows-only device.

    The low-hanging-fruit would be the consumer who wants to have something “better” than a MacBook and have choice of non-glossy screen. The video card being an nVIDIA or ATI product will get gamers onboard this product over the MacBook.

    14″ Widescreen
    2.0 GHz Intel Core whatever
    128 MB ATI video
    60 GB Hard Drive
    SuperDrive
    All the other stnd goods.
    $1,799

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