Foxconn to build an Apple netbook?

Lately we've been pummeled with so many iPhone rumors that people seem to have forgotten about other popular whispers... like an Apple netbook. This one has reared its head again, in the form of a DigiTimes article which states that Foxconn Electronics is close to landing the opportunity to build the device, after some bidding.

The sources are, as usual, ones within the component supply chain, who are also blaring previously seen rumors of Apple's upcoming iPhone. There is, of course, no specifications or anything rumored yet but no doubt these will start slithering out if this product has truly gotten Apple's green light. Apple news site AppleInsider is pretty sure that this device will be a touchscreen one, with a 10" screen.

Apple would be smart to have a product in the market; it's ever expanding, as a lot of people like having a computer that's smaller and cheaper than a laptop. If you're looking for an estimate timeframe on this rumored piece of technology, it's believed that Apple will begin taking shipments for the touchscreens in the third quarter of this year.

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Why? Foxconn is garbage. I can't believe that Apple is even interested in dealing with them. I have never seen motherboards with such a high failure rate an a company that takes so much hair pulling to do an RMA with.

MR_Candyman said,
Why? Foxconn is garbage. I can't believe that Apple is even interested in dealing with them. I have never seen motherboards with such a high failure rate an a company that takes so much hair pulling to do an RMA with.

if i am not mistaken, all apple laptop motherboards are built by Foxconn. i think i've read that somewhere...

MR_Candyman said,
Why? Foxconn is garbage. I can't believe that Apple is even interested in dealing with them. I have never seen motherboards with such a high failure rate an a company that takes so much hair pulling to do an RMA with.

but, but, if it's apple it's super duper secret gold plated high end stock with built in nano-technology that eats any viruses and repairs problems with magical pixie dust!

MR_Candyman said,
Why? Foxconn is garbage. I can't believe that Apple is even interested in dealing with them. I have never seen motherboards with such a high failure rate an a company that takes so much hair pulling to do an RMA with.

Foxconn makes motherboards (and all sorts of boards) for MANY oems. I wonder how all those huge corps never noticed the massive failure you claim Foxconn to be.

I have built hundreds of systems with Foxconn motherboards in them. I would say about 80% of those failed before the warranty was over. This was a big source of headache for me as they are absolutely horrible to deal with for RMA returns. They constantly "lose" your claim and will calim you never returned the board, then magically find it. They will say they shipped the package, give no tracking number, and when it doesn't come and you confront them they will swear up and down they sent it. They will THEN send one to you if you're insistent enough.

Maybe they're better to normal customers, but I really doubt it. You would think they would value business customers more (like most companies). I have never had these kind of problems with any of the other motherboard manufacturers (crapping out early or bad service). Sure some may take a long time to send a replacement, but there's no real hassles with the others.

Maybe they just reserve their crappy parts for their name brand stuff and give their contracts the better parts. I don't know who all they contract out to. I just know Foxconn's name brand stuff and it is garbage.

If it's actually low priced like other netbooks it might be worth looking into. I've only tried a Mac like once in my life and it'd be cool to play around with it on a low priced netbook. But if it's priced anything like other Apple products then it's out of the question for me.

meh, I'd rather buy a HP netbook, or a Sony netbook that is better than an Apple one. Just personal opinion though, anyone can buy whatever they like, as long as they're not smug about it.

jase chaos said,
meh, I'd rather buy a HP netbook, or a Sony netbook that is better than an Apple one. Just personal opinion though, anyone can buy whatever they like, as long as they're not smug about it.

+1

Even tho no specs, pricing or pictures of this reported product have been released you already know HP & Sony are better. wow.

Airlink said,
I Jase's defense, he DID say it was just his personal opinion. Please don't be a Troll.


Jase was the one trolling with his comment. Saying that something is just their opinion or "just kidding" doesn't automatically excuse an otherwise trolling comment. Of course it's just his opinion, isn't everything always just someone's opinion (other than hard facts)?

roadwarrior said,
Jase was the one trolling with his comment. Saying that something is just their opinion or "just kidding" doesn't automatically excuse an otherwise trolling comment. Of course it's just his opinion, isn't everything always just someone's opinion (other than hard facts)?


That's not a troll. He didn't say anything bad about Apple or the people that use Apple computers. Jase simply stated he would rather have a Sony or HP netbook that is "better". Better could mean anything from better battery life to a faster CPU.

Trong said,
I have a feeling that this will be a "premium" netbook that costs just as much as a regular notebook...

Try $1,000 or more. (around the same price as the sony P, may be more) Knowing apple.

nah, I reckon more likely it will run the itouch/iphone os and be branded as a larger premium version of the touch - thus giving apple something in the segment without diluting the bottom end macbooks.

For the typical netbook usage scenarios, itouch over osx could make a lot of sense, really.