On the eve of Computex 2009, some company's just can't keep their excitement to themselves. Foxconn have been spilling the details on their SZ901, and Sascha at netbooknews.de caught up with the 10.1-inch netbook at the Linpus headquarters. Under the hood there's the usual Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard-drive and, slightly more interesting, a UMTS 3G WWAN module, but it's the OS which is actually catching our attention.
It wouldn't be a proper Monday without some good Apple netbook rumors, and today's tips Foxconn Electronics as shouldering ahead of rivals to win the coveted manufacturing contract. Citing sources from the component supply chain (the makers of illuminated Apple logos, perhaps?), Chinese-language paper Commercial Times claims the much-discussed Apple netbook is not only on the roadmap but seeing bids from OEMs.
Hot on the heels of the news that Barnes & Noble may be considering jumping into the eBook reader market, comes word that Foxconn may be developing their own range of digital book devices. According to market sources, Foxconn have hired "several software technicians" to work on an ebook range.
Apple must be laughing at this so-called reliable source, Digitimes has revised its last report on Economic Daily News regarding the manufacturer behind the iMac all-in-one PC. As of today, Quanta is out of the picture, it was Foxconn who has secured a 800,000 units shipment per month contract with Jobs to build the allegedly next gen iMac to be announced at Macworld Conference next week.
So unless there are new updates next week on who makes what from which contract. Here’s the new standing : Foxconn and Catcher Technology are in bed to supply the magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis while Foxconn will seek partnership in cooling module from Auras Technology. A cooling module? Could that possible hint a change in current-fan based cooling system?
In any case, we will find out in a week there will be a new iMac or just another rumor. Just a reminder that Slashgear will be bringing MacWorld conference live coverage. Be sure to check us out at http://live.slashgear.com
A new rumor is floating around about Foxconn that we just had to share. Apparently Foxconn Electronics might be leaving the branded motherboard industry and it's interesting to think about what that could mean.
Fancy an iPhone? You do? Well, you might be one step closer to getting one, if "industry sources" close to Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd (Known also as Foxconn) are to be believed. Apparently they've won the contract to build twelve million shiny iPhones for Apple; newspaper The Commercial Times have suggested that the Cupertino trend-setters will release the long-awaited handset early next year, although financial details were conspicuous by their absence. The most they know about the feature set is that it works both as a cellphone and as a music player - which can be said about just about every half-decent mobile on the market today.
These mysterious "industry sources", who obviously know a lot, have also fingered Hon Hai Precision as manufacturers of choice of the new 15-inch MacBook which could be available as early as next month or January 2007. The existing contract Apple has with Asustek, manufacturers of existing MacBook models, will continue unaffected.