Computer makers seem set to offer a range of widescreen notebooks, according to local Far East reports.

Local tech title, DigiTimes, reports that brand name PC vendors are "increasing their orders for widescreen notebooks", a segment the report predicts will dominate the market by the first half of next year.

DigiTimes predicts that widescreen notebooks may account for 80-90 per cent of the market in the first half of 2006, up from 30-40 per cent right now.

Apple was one of the first to market with a 17-inch notebook, so it's no surprise that Apple is named as a firm that is "increasing the proportion of widescreen models in their notebook range," according to the report.

Apple's decision reflects a softening in sales of its PowerBook products range, a range which helped beef up Apple's performance in recent years.