Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Feb 2009 14:36 UTC
Apple With the economy in decline, many fear that the one company to take the financial blow would be Apple. The company focusses on the higher end of the market (at least in price), and with many people having less and less money to spend, as well as facing insecure financial prospects, people may decide to choose for a cheaper, non-Apple computer. Piper Jaffray, an Apple-friendly analyst firm, has projected that the Cupertino company is about to face a decline in year-over-year Mac sales; for the first time in six years.
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Netbooks a Fad?
by NathanHill on Wed 18th Feb 2009 15:22 UTC
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I'm still very suspicious of anyone who says the market is moving toward Netbooks as a preferable computing option. Netbooks do have some definite benefits, but are they going to be a long lasting product? Are they really giving the best value for a consumer's money? Do they seem like a good value in the short run, but in the long run, will they leave customers disappointed? None of these sorts of questions have been answered, which is why it probably is wise for some companies to stay away from the line until they know more.

Just like Apple did with mp3 players, coming in late might give them a huge advantage. Time will tell, but I don't think this is a weakness in Apple's line at the moment. Plus, an upgraded or expanded or larger iPod Touch would probably do enough to crush most of the Netbook market anyway. Amazing little devices.

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