Everyone is loving the “netbook” rumor right now. It’s everywhere – and it just keeps getting stronger. Well — maybe not stronger…but it is certainly getting louder.
I hate this rumor for a variety of reasons. Not the least of which is that a “netbook” from Apple right now just doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t make sense for the same reasons an “iTablet” doesn’t make sense – and I don’t think there is a chance in the world that anything even resembling a “netbook” will come out of Cupertino…EVER.
Now – let me qualify that statement.
What is a netbook?
A netbook is a small computer with tiny keys that is made out of cheap plastic with a 10 inch (sometimes less) screen that is produced cheaply to be an inexpensive computer for light computing needs.
Apple will NEVER make one of those.
Could they make something like the 12 inch Powerbook in the future? Sure. Would it be a $399, $499 or even $599 machine? Hell no.
That’s not how Apple works – “economic downturn” or not.
If Apple does reveal a compact computer at Macworld in January (which I doubt) they’ll release something that is to netbooks what the iPhone was to smartphones.
The iPhone’s mere existence, however, makes the netbook rumor much less likely in my opinion. An iPhone is a great replacement for a netbook for almost 99% of the things you would use a netbook for. The only one I can really think of that a netbook would provide a superior experience for would be long-form word processing.
Other than that, an iPhone is a better, more intuitive choice than a small, poorly made (and yes, I’ve used a few of them) “netbook”.
I actually think we’re in for a big disappointment at Macworld this year. Currently I don’t think we’re going to see anything earth shattering at all. I think we’ll see a mostly software based, low key showing at the keynote.
It’s still early to tell, and we have several weeks before the event – but I’m just not feeling any “buzz” around this netbook rumor, and nothing else is creeping out of the woodwork…yet.