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Thursday, August 17, 2006, 07:00 am PT (10:00 am ET)

Apple shopping for third notebook manufacturer

Rising notebook sales at Apple Computer have sent the company shopping for a third contract manufacturer in order to stamp out more systems.

The Chinese-language Economic Daily News reports that the Mac maker may eventually favor Foxconn, its current iPod and desktop PC manufacturer.

The Taiwan-based Foxconn has reportedly been looking to do new business with Apple, specifically offering to build the company's 15-inch MacBook Pro high-end notebooks. No further details were reported.

Notebooks sales at Apple have risen sharply since the start of the year. Between the beginning of January and the end of June, the company's share of the US notebook market doubled from 6 to 12 percent.

During its most recent fiscal quarter, Apple sold a company record 798,000 notebook systems, most of them Intel-based MacBooks and MacBook Pros.

By current arrangements, Apple's MacBooks are manufactured by Asustek while Quanta handles the MacBook Pro line.