Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Apr 2009 15:07 UTC
Editorial Last week, Apple again repeated its claim that the iPhone and iPod Touch are capable of filling the netbook niche. They also claimed that netbooks can barely be called personal computers. Both of these statements are complete and utter nonsense, but instead of writing down some high-level definition of what a netbook is, I decided to simply write down all the things I do with my netbook that the iPhone/iPod Touch cannot do to make the difference between the two that much more tangible.
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The most convincing evidence
by sbergman27 on Mon 27th Apr 2009 18:59 UTC
sbergman27
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2005-07-24

I've seen some sentiment around here that Apple would never get into the netbook market because they make their money on (supposedly) high quality end to end hardware and software.

But it seems to me that if that were so, they would not feel the need to make the (ridiculous) claim that iPhone is a netbook, and simultaneously disparage the concept of real netbooks. You just wouldn't see that behavior out of a company that wasn't *highly* interested in entering that market, but which was also quite late to the party.

We're going to see a real Apple Netbook just as soon as they complete whatever super-secret project they are working on to get themselves one.

Not that I really care. I'm not an Apple customer. But as a fairly objective observer, I'll say that I would be really surprised if they didn't have a real netbook available by the end of this year. If not sooner.

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Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

Based on the desperation and exaggeration (to say the least) of comments by Jobs and Cook, Apple was caught completely off-guard by the immense popularity of "netbooks," and probably dismayed by the retail prices.

So now Apple has a dilemma - whether to sit out this computer segment and begin planning for the next big thing, or risk being an overpriced Johnny-come-lately to a computing segment in which pricing has already been market-determined.

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