The Asus Zenbook looks enough like the MacBook Air that Apple is pressuring a contract manufacturer to cease production of the Zenbook, an Asia-based report claims.
Taipei-based Pegatron, an original equipment manufacturer, will not make the Zenbook for Asus due to pressure from Apple, according to a report in the Chinese-language Commercial Times.
Asus did not respond to a request for comment.
The report couches Apple's demand as a choice: either stop making the Zenbook or lose Apple as a customer. Pegatron has been assembling iPhones since last year and would prefer to keep that business, according to the report.
Pegatron's production run for the Zenbook will end as soon as March, forcing Asus to source the ultrabook from Compal or Wistron, the paper said.
Apple announced the original MacBook Air design in January of 2008 and revamped the design in October of 2010 (see photo above).
This report raises the obvious question, is Apple becoming uneasy about the crush of Windows ultrabooks hitting the market? It's possible, as some appear to take design cues from the Air. And more models coming out this year will be priced well below the least expensive Air.
All the latest Apple news, featuring developments on the iPhone, iPad, Macbooks, OS X and much more.
May 23James Corden will seek 'successor' on new Snapchat show
May 23Apple and Nokia settle patent dispute and forge new partnership
May 22Apple asks holdouts to switch to iPhone because, well, because
May 22Nike releases more Apple Watch bands to match your kicks