Apple will introduce a flash memory-based notebook Mac at under £1,000, reports claim.

Rumours that the company has been developing such a device have been flying around for several months, with US channel CNBC last night adding yet more power to the rumour mill.

As reported by AppleInsider, CNBC claimed Apple to be so close to releasing the device that it has set pricing at $1,500, the equivalent price of the top-end MacBook, which costs £949 in the UK.

CNBC referred to sources close to Apple's manufacturing partners, who describe the device as offering a 12in screen, and being half as thick as today's portables. The report also claims production of the device has begun, strongly suggesting its introduction at Macworld Expo in San Francisco next month.

CNBC also claims Apple will introduce a 3G-capable iPhone by June 2008.