Two people close to the situation provided the Dow Jones Newswires with information on Tuesday.
The mini laptop computers will likely have monitor screens that are between 9.7-inches and 10-inches, one person, who declined to be named, said.
Another person said other specifications and functions are still under evaluation.
Apple is working with Taiwan's Wintek Corp, a contract manufacturer of small and medium displays, to make the touch-screen displays and Quanta Computer Inc, the world's largest notebook maker by revenue, to assemble the new netbooks, the second person said.
This information corroborates an earlier report by the chinese Commercial Times.
[Note: This image is a mockup and not an actual device]