Apple has reportedly asked Pegatron, one of its overseas device assemblers, to “choose sides” and stop producing the MacBook Air-like Zenbook from Asus, or else lose Apple’s business.
Apple’s apparent aggressive strategy with Pegatron was detailed on Monday by China Times (via Google Translate). It was said that Apple executives are upset because of the “high similarity” between the MacBook Air and the Zenbook from Asus.
It is expected that Pegatron will comply with Apple’s demands, and Asus will move production of its thin-and-light Zenbook laptop to Compal or Wistron. That would allow Pegatron to continue production of Apple’s hot selling MacBook Air.