Among all brand-name notebook computer makers, Apple Computer is set to take center stage next year with new stylish \"light-weight models,\" according to an online report.
The large increase in shipments would likely boost Apple\'s worldwide notebook market share from 3.9 to 4.7 percent, the study found.
\"Compared to other makers which will post only moderate growth, Apple\'s performance is significant and worth paying attention to,\" Topology analyst Simon Yang told the Times.
Yang predicts the company \"will unveil light-weight models with a stylish design aimed at luring female users.\"
The analyst expects a 12-inch model to weigh less than 3.3 pounds and a 14-inch model to weigh less than 4.4 pounds. He did not specify whether the notebooks would be iBooks or PowerBooks.
The reliability of the analyst\'s predictions are unknown.
12-inch iBooks (expected along with the 13-inch widescreen) and a 17-inch PowerBook (expected to debut mid-year) are also in the cards, sources say. However, there is no information to suggest Apple will introduce new 14-inch models, bringing the analyst\'s predictions into question.
Nevertheless, Yang believes the \"fondness effect\" generated by massive sales of iPods will be the force driving Apple notebooks in the new year.