In the second quarter of this year we can expect the first 15.4" MacBook notebooks from Apple.
MacBook shipments are expected to reach 700,000 units in the first quarter of 2007, after enjoying substantial gains in the second half of 2006, say the PC makers. However, shipment growth for the whole of 2007 is likely to be even greater than that of the first-quarter following the introduction of the 15.4-inch model in the second quarter, the sources noted.
Currently, 13.3-inch MacBooks are manufactured by Asustek Computer, while the new 15.4-inch model will be made by Quanta Computer, which also manufactures the 15.4- and 17-inch MacBook Pros for Apple. Foxconn is said to have been in the running for the lucrative 15.4-inch manufacturing contract but was eventually unsuccessful, the sources report.
It's expected that the prices of the 15.4" MacBooks will be a bit cheaper than their 13.3" counterparts. This may sound weird but it's because 15.4" LCD displays are much more common and cheaper.