Wintek to supply touch panels for Apple netbook

According to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report, Wintek will be supplying Apple computers touch panels for their new line up of netbooks.

The actual use of the panels was not mentioned but many speculations are for Apple's Netbook to help compete with the latest trend of ultra portable computers. No exact shipment schedule was released but shipments are likely to begin in the second half of this year.

Wintek also supplys touch panels for other hand held devices such as PDA's, phones, camcorders and cameras. The Taiwan based company reported NT$1.81 billion ($52 US million) in February of this year, showing a promising record of profit with huge demand for touch panels in 2008 and a continuing trend for this year.

As no solid information has been released about Apple's upcoming touch-screen netbooks, rumors speculate that information about the new product(s) will be seen around the third quarter of this year, according to Commercial Times and DigiTimes.

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I have a bad feeling that the apple net book price it gonna be the price of a normal windows laptop.. $500 - $700 im guessing..

Prediction on cost: a very competitive $750 price line X|. Seriously though, if they can manage $500 or less, Apple will be a very competitive force in the netbook arena.

I didnt see this comment. I had the same prediction.. their netbook prices are definitely in the price range of a normal windows laptop..

I fail to see the point in this 'netbook' phenomena.

I want a full-fledged laptop, not something with a dinky amount of storage and an eye-straining screen.

Is 4-6 lbs really that much weight to carry?

For extreme portability, my iPhone does the job just fine.

The "point" is they are ultra portable and small, while still retaining much of the functionality of a full sized laptop. When you go on say holiday and want to bring a PC to download your pics to, check your email at a WiFi hotspot etc a netbook becomes a much better option then lugging your full size laptop along with you. You talk about eye-straining screen, yet you say the iPhone (with it's even smaller screen) is just fine...what's with that?

Xerxes said,
The "point" is they are ultra portable and small, while still retaining much of the functionality of a full sized laptop. When you go on say holiday and want to bring a PC to download your pics to, check your email at a WiFi hotspot etc a netbook becomes a much better option then lugging your full size laptop along with you. You talk about eye-straining screen, yet you say the iPhone (with it's even smaller screen) is just fine...what's with that?

The iPhones apps take advantage of the native resolution, and allow easy zooming.

Plus, I meant that it's great for on-the-go extreme portability (bus, plane, walking etc.) I can't see myself whipping out a netbook walking down the street, or on a bus to check mail, or browse the net.

The iPhone meets my needs that way, and a full laptop meets my needs for large files, full speed, full applications.

Binary said,
I fail to see the point in this 'netbook' phenomena.

I want a full-fledged laptop, not something with a dinky amount of storage and an eye-straining screen.

Is 4-6 lbs really that much weight to carry?

For extreme portability, my iPhone does the job just fine.

My netbook (samsung nc10) came with 160GB of storage. How much storage are you looking for in a laptop? I have a portable 500GB usb powered hard drive for whatever else.

Netbooks definitely aren't for everyone. But I wouldn't trade mine for a full-fledged laptop. I have no need for the extra screen size and the optical drive (or horse power). I would argue that the battery life is superior on a netbook, but some new laptops offer comparable battery life. For me it is all about shaving off those few extra pounds (2.6lbs here) for travel and note taking around my job and at home. I have beefy desktops to do my heavy lifting with... a netbook for ultra portability. Thats how I roll.

PDAs are good if you just want to browse the web. I do a lot of typing on my netbook, which makes it better suited than a PDA by far. The first generation of netbooks had very cramped keyboards, but they are almost full sized now with the 10" lineup. My netbook has a very comfortable keyboard.

They just said they didn't want to do low end. So keeping it in apple fashion, it will be a netbook, just a $1,200 netbook.

If Apple did do that, wouldn't it be suicide for them? who in their right mind would pay that much for a netbook? (I paid less for my laptop!). I doubt the "Apple premium" will float well in the netbook market, Apple will be forced to keep their price down to remain competitive if they are serious about entering this market.

I'm sure it will look very good, be very sturdy and cleverly designed (i.e. touch screen) but if they think they can get away with charging a similar price to that of a full featured laptop (which is "cheap" by Apple standards) and get away with it, I think they'll be disappointed.

I can't see them doing this; maybe, it's possible, but I just don't see it happening. They've said so many times that they don't want to just yet, and they don't know how to build a cheap computer that isn't a piece of junk. That being said, I'd love to see an Apple netbook As Smethead says though, if the market gets large enough...and it's certainly growing.