Report: Asustek wins bid to produce widescreen iBook

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
Asustek Computer recently outbid Quanta Computer to secure orders from Apple Computer for a 14.1-inch widescreen iBook model, according to a report in China's Economic Daily News.



The deal reportedly extends to the first 500,000 of the new iBooks that will be manufactured and debunks an earlier DigiTimes report that said Quanta secured the same order back in April.



Apple's current offerings include both a 12.1- and 14.1-inch iBook G4 laptop, but neither features a widescreen display. The smallest profile Apple laptop to sport a widescreen is its 15.2-inch PowerBook G4.



The overseas report also cites unnamed sources in saying Asustek also recently secured orders for the 15.4-inch iBook, which will be launched in 2006.



The reliability of the report is unknown and Asustek declined to comment, stating it has non-disclosure agreements with all of its OEM customers.



According to the report, last year Asustek shipped more than one million notebooks to Apple, including 12.1-inch iBooks and 12.1-inch PowerBooks.



Asustek is also believed to be one of two Taiwanese manufacturers contracted by Apple to produce its iPod shuffle digital music player.



Meanwhile, Quanta retains contracts to produce Apple's iMac G5, Xserve G5, and certain PowerBook G4 models.
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  • Reply 1 of 37
    fahlmanfahlman Posts: 697member
    Hopefully they ship with Intel processors. I'll be ready to buy next spring. . . just before my wife graduates with her degree and loses her educational discount.
  • Reply 2 of 37
    krispiekrispie Posts: 260member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by fahlman

    Hopefully they ship with Intel processors.



    Are you serious? The decision to move to Intel was only made very recently. Hardly enough time to design a new machine with a new architecture and put out contracts to build it.



    SJ said it'll be the middle of next year before we see Intel-based machines. They wouldn't be letting contracts for those just yet, surely?
  • Reply 3 of 37
    sunilramansunilraman Posts: 8,133member
    i DONT CARE ABOUT NEXT YEAR. WHAT ABOUT NEXT WEEK ????
  • Reply 4 of 37
    kasperkasper Posts: 941member, administrator
    Quote:

    Originally posted by sunilraman

    i DONT CARE ABOUT NEXT YEAR. WHAT ABOUT NEXT WEEK ????



    We are writing a report (as I speak) on the new G4s that will likely show up in the next wave of PowerPC laptops.



    Settle down...



    Kasper
  • Reply 5 of 37
    sunilramansunilraman Posts: 8,133member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Kasper

    We are writing a report (as I speak) on the new G4s that will likely show up in the next wave of PowerPC laptops.



    Settle down...



    Kasper








    hey cool Kasper himself speaks. wow. that's like getting into the emperor's throne room and speaking to Palpatine himself, bypassing Vader.
  • Reply 6 of 37
    trobertstroberts Posts: 701member
    The article did not say when the new iBooks will be available, but my guess is they will be introduced in Paris and will most likely have the G4 in them. I think the first Mac that will ship with an Intel processor will be the Mac Mini at MWSF 2006 where iLife '06 and iWork '06 will be shipped with universal binaries.
  • Reply 7 of 37
    Yes This will be soo cool! Of coarse they'll have intel processors, They said sometime in 06. I hope these versions have DVI and support external displays becuase I have to use "the hack" and the VGA Port instead of the DVI port on my 17" NEC.



    I basically want the current 15" PowerBooks specs on the 15" Widescreen iBook. 1 running at 1.5ghz Pentium M and the other 1.7. The PowerBooks can start at 1.8 o

    2.0 and max out at 2.2. By that time all the Professional items will come standard with 768mbs of ram . Sorry I should stop dreaming!
  • Reply 8 of 37
    It's about time we had an iBook with a resolution higher than 1024x768.



    This won't be an Intel machine, either. Steve said they've still got plenty of new PPC products to show off.
  • Reply 9 of 37
    kasperkasper Posts: 941member, administrator
    Quote:

    Originally posted by CrunchinJelly

    It's about time we had an iBook with a resolution higher than 1024x768.



    This won't be an Intel machine, either. Steve said they've still got plenty of new PPC products to show off.




    I would presume it would pack a chip from this family:



    http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=1142



    Not too exciting... but that's why we're moving to Intel after all, right?



    Best,



    Kasper
  • Reply 10 of 37
    timmybtimmyb Posts: 12member
    That is quite far off though.
  • Reply 11 of 37
    louzerlouzer Posts: 1,054member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Kasper

    We are writing a report (as I speak) on the new G4s that will likely show up in the next wave of PowerPC laptops.



    Settle down...



    Kasper




    Haha! Very funny Kasper! But we all know that next wave of Powerbooks are going to hold G5's (dual processors, too, from what I'm gathering) in an even slimmer form factor. Of course, the liquid-nitrogen cooling pack is 20 pounds, but that's not been an issue so far in testing.



    G4s! Ha, so 2000! Next thing you'll know, you'll be telling us all about Apple switching to Intel processors and all. Man, you're a riot!
  • Reply 12 of 37
    fahlmanfahlman Posts: 697member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by krispie

    Are you serious? The decision to move to Intel was only made very recently. Hardly enough time to design a new machine with a new architecture and put out contracts to build it.



    Steve did not wake up Monday morning and decide to switch to Intel processors.



    Quote:

    Originally posted by AppleInsider

    15.4-inch iBook, which will be launched in 2006



    I hope that it ships late enough in 2006 to have an Intel processor. I don't need a new computer. My ol' Windows desktop I inherited when I got married 5 years ago still surfs the internet and sends and receive email just fine. It's going to be even better when I install Fedora Core 4 sometime in the next few days. When I need to do real work I go to the office and work on the dual 2.0GHz G5 or Dual 1.25GHz G4. I would like a laptop so I'm not tied down to a desk at home too and I'll buy one when the iBooks go Intel.
  • Reply 13 of 37
    19841984 Posts: 955member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by krispie

    Are you serious? The decision to move to Intel was only made very recently. Hardly enough time to design a new machine with a new architecture and put out contracts to build it.



    SJ said it'll be the middle of next year before we see Intel-based machines. They wouldn't be letting contracts for those just yet, surely?




    SJ said that by the time WWDC rolls around next year they should already be shipping Intel-based models. So any time between January and June could be the introduction of Intel-based iBooks and Mac minis.



    My best guess is we will see 12.1" (4:3) standard and 14" (16:10) widescreen iBook models with better graphics and faster G4 processors in the coming weeks. Minor cosmetic changes to both with the new 14" widescreen model simply being wider. Then next spring we will see the Intel-based iBooks, a total redesign from the ground up which will include a 15.4" widescreen iBook and a smaller 13" model, both widescreen this time.
  • Reply 14 of 37
    louzerlouzer Posts: 1,054member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by 1984

    My best guess is we will see 12.1" (4:3) standard and 14" (16:10) widescreen iBook models with better graphics and faster G4 processors in the coming weeks.



    No widescreen iBook in the next couple of weeks (IMO). An iBook refresh is one thing, but a widescreen requires new design and layout, lots of testing. They're not going to do that as part of a 'refresh'. If you're doing all that, you might as well start from ground up and redesign the thing (its been the same for many years, although I like the looks of it).



    And I'm not holding my breath on better graphics. I did that the last time it was refreshed and was left blue in the face and unconconscious.
  • Reply 15 of 37
    republicrepublic Posts: 168member
    A 15-inch iBook. Nice. Maybe I should grab one when I graduate.
  • Reply 16 of 37
    itsamacitsamac Posts: 20member
    I will definately be wary of that model...



    My experiences of Asustek have been not good...the latest being a mate's top of the line laptop falling apart after a month of sitting on a desk...i understand that its all designed to reduce the price of the end machine... lets just hope that it sticks to Apple's quality control...my PB is still as tight as the day i took it home......



    someone is bound to tell me they are reasonable, cheap products but hey, this is just my opinion
  • Reply 17 of 37
    mynameheremynamehere Posts: 560member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by krispie

    SJ said it'll be the middle of next year before we see Intel-based machines. They wouldn't be letting contracts for those just yet, surely?



    Not quite...he said Apple will be SHIPPING INTEL PRODUCTS by this time next year. Theoretically, he could launch a new intel product anytime between now and the day before WWDC '06
  • Reply 18 of 37
    satchmosatchmo Posts: 2,699member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Louzer

    No widescreen iBook in the next couple of weeks (IMO). An iBook refresh is one thing, but a widescreen requires new design and layout, lots of testing. They're not going to do that as part of a 'refresh'. If you're doing all that, you might as well start from ground up and redesign the thing (its been the same for many years, although I like the looks of it).





    Just wondering out loud...how difficult would it be for Apple to have two prototypes under development using the same form factor. One running PowerPC, another one running Intel.



    If what Jobs says is true (MacOSX living a double life for the past five years), surely they've considered different motherboard designs.
  • Reply 19 of 37
    dhagan4755dhagan4755 Posts: 2,151member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Louzer

    No widescreen iBook in the next couple of weeks (IMO). An iBook refresh is one thing



    Your speculation ? as good as any ? is reasonable, but you have to keep a few things in mind:



    1. The iBook is 3 MONTHS beyond its very regular product update cycle. It has been updated on schedule for the last four years. Every time a product has substantially missed its update cycle, has in years past meant a major upgrade was pending. This has been the Apple modus operandi.



    2. Steve Jobs was quoted as saying that they have very good PPC products yet to be released. Given the current situation with the iBook, the fact that Apple has stuck with its form factor for over 4 years, and the fact that Apple needs products to bridge the gap to the Intel era, I would say comports with the thinking that a major iBook revision is likely.



    Other reasoning on why a major revision is needed is outlined in my post on the other iBook thread.



    Just my 2¢...we'll see!
  • Reply 20 of 37
    louzerlouzer Posts: 1,054member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by DHagan4755

    Your speculation ? as good as any ? is reasonable, but you have to keep a few things in mind:



    1. The iBook is 3 MONTHS beyond its very regular product update cycle. It has been updated on schedule for the last four years. Every time a product has substantially missed its update cycle, has in years past meant a major upgrade was pending. This has been the Apple modus operandi.



    2. Steve Jobs was quoted as saying that they have very good PPC products yet to be released. Given the current situation with the iBook, the fact that Apple has stuck with its form factor for over 4 years, and the fact that Apple needs products to bridge the gap to the Intel era, I would say comports with the thinking that a major iBook revision is likely.



    Other reasoning on why a major revision is needed is outlined in my post on the other iBook thread.



    Just my 2¢...we'll see!




    Sorry, I just don't buy it. Apple is cheap. Extremely cheap. When we all complained about the G5 towers still lacking PCI Express, it was "They're waiting for the next chips, since its cheaper to do it all at once". I just don't buy apple making a whole new widescreen iBook just to come out with a slightly faster processor.



    As to your points, #1 is invalid. The PowerMac G5s were last updated June 2004 (not counting the stupid single processor in Sept). Everyone waited and waited for the update, and 11 months later, Apple releases it as a minor update. And this was a year after a long delay after its initial release, only to get the last update.
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