Apple Netbook Rumors Abound

iPhone Netbook - courtesy of GizmodoI’ve seen it mentioned a few times that there’s a rumor that Apple plans to unveil a netbook at the next Macworld (based on analyst speculation).  I was just saying yesterday that Apple should jump on this market before the MSI Wind becomes the default MacBook nano (not that Apple would definitely name a netbook that).   I definitely hope that this rumor ends up being true. I don’t use a Mac, but it just seems like if Apple did decide to enter this category they would make something amazing, drool-worthy… and twice as expensive.  But, if they can get it down to $500 – $600 they may have a shot at capturing an even wider audience.  I don’t want to switch to OS X for my regular computing, but for a netbook?  Heck yeah.  I went for Linux, didn’t I? For now all we can do is speculate and wait. 19 days to go. [photo credit: Gizmodo]

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  1. Tim Brazer Says:

    Apple Netbook? I’ll throw away my Mac Mini if that happens.

  2. Baz Says:

    So if this comes true, Jobs was just fibbing when he said Apple had no need to produce a netbook as they already had the iPhone / Touch, and those were good enough? Jobs being disingenuous? Say it isn’t so!

    Then again, maybe the marketing people have finally smacked some sense into his head – though he’ll likely defeat some of the point by overpricing it at $700 or more…

    There would be the real danger that a, say, $500 Apple netbook with a fully featured OS (even a ‘Lite’ version of OS X) would completely gut Apple’s traditional overpriced notebook market. But, on the other hand, such a device would almost certainly encourage a lot of consumers to reconsider the idea of buying a netbook running the obsolete XP or waiting to see what Win7 has to offer in favour of a device with a current OS in Mac packaging.

    But the incredible growth of the netbook market (often surpassing traditional notebooks by the same manufacturers) cannot be ignored, even by The Smug B*stard from Cupertino or Apple’s shareholders.

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