updated 02:15 pm EST, Thu December 6, 2007
CNB on Apple Ultraportable
Apple's widely rumored subnotebook is close enough to release that the company has priced it, CNBC show host Jim Goldman has said in a financial TV report broadcast today and observed by AppleInsider. The presenter refers to alleged sources close to Apple's manufacturing plants in southeast Asia who have seen the 12-inch notebook and appear to confirm earlier details of the computer, which include a design half as thin as today's systems and the use of slimmer, more efficient flash memory for storage. The device is scheduled for an announcement at Macworld San Francisco in January and will be priced at $1,500, matching the cost of the top-end 13-inch MacBook, according to Goldman. [updated]
An actual ship date for the product is unknown, though the CNBC program claims that production has already begun, suggesting a release at or near the event. The report also said that the screen is 12-inches, contradicting previous reports. Separate sources from Taiwan corroborate the claims, reporting that Apple has validated 13.3-inch LED-lit displays that would both conserve power for and slim down any notebook that would use it, offering the new LCD panel as an ideal candidate for a future ultraportable.
The TV report additionally suggests that remarks by Steve Jobs over the possibility of an iPhone with third-generation (3G) Internet access are pessimistic. Apple's development progress is such that the company will have a 3G iPhone available by late may or early June, Goldman claims while citing anonymous sources.
In keeping with company policy, Apple is said to have declined comment on the rumors.