A recent report in the Taiwan’s DigiTimes newspaper features information about a planned faster model and future new-look version of Apple’s iBook.

According to the report, the new iBook will go into manufacturing this summer by Taiwan-based Alpha Top, which built the original line of iBooks. The article states that the new version will feature only a "minor change" and should be announced in September. If this is true, the most likely launch date is September 13 during Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ keynote address at the Paris-based Apple Expo Europe.

The minor change is expected to be a speed-bump to a 466MHz PowerPC G3 processor, up from the iBook SE’s current 366MHz chip. DVD and one FireWire port are also rumoured to make first-time appearances on the iBook. The iBook’s 12-inch screen size will apparently remain.

DigiTimes also carried information that Alpha Top is preparing to build Apple's next-generation iBook, code-named P2. According to DigiTimes’ sources, P2 will be thinner and lighter than the current iBook, featuring a totally new industrial design.

Apple does not comment on unreleased products.