Do you see any chance of Apple releasing a netbook soon?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by nukiduz, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. nukiduz macrumors 6502

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    Please, don't tell me the MBA is Apple's netbook because just what I need right now (as many others) is an underpowered, CHEAP, an little (not necessarilly that thin) computer to carry around. While every other manufacturer tries to follow this trend, Apple offers a 1650€ machine that very few people can afford as a secondary computer.

    The Dell mini 9 seems like a perfect choice to me, but I don't like the idea of getting back to Windows and, while it isn't hideous, it isn't pretty either. We all heard Tim Cook saying they had some interesting ideas about this kind of pcs but my question is, do you expect it anytime soon?
     
  2. tubbymac macrumors 65816

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    Here's what Steve Jobs said the last time he was asked about it during a shareholder's conference call.

    "Want to deliver an increasing level of value. There are some customers that we choose not to serve. We do not know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk, and our DNA will not allow us to ship that."

    So the answer to your question is hell no, not any time soon, if ever.
     
  3. nukiduz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    True, I forgot that quote. I agree in a way: Apple would't make a $500 computer but a netbook is not that kind of computer Apple is refering to, it's just a screen and a keyboard you can surf and type with anywhere.
     
  4. bossxii macrumors 68000

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    I don't know what Apple will do in the long run but I hope instead of a netbook they go towards a IMT (Internet Media Tablet) aka.. oversized 5" or 7" iTouch type of device.

    I would love to have a 5" screen in a iTouch form factor for watching streaming video, Netflix, Hulu etc.. not to mention iTunes access for all the video's, podcasts they have as well.

    5" or 7" screen - 32 or 64gigs for $500 bucks I'd buy one tomarrow.

    I've tried the Archos line of players and well... they are just junk. Archos 7 is a beast of a machine, as in a paperweight, heavy sob. I purchased thru Amazon knowing their great return policy and hassle free customer service. I was right in doing so, while Archos is currently the only IMT producing company their products and customer support are in the "beta" stage.
     
  5. bigjnyc macrumors 603

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    Apple puts sub-par, outdated hardware in their $2,000 computers.... imagine what they would put in a $500 computer.
     
  6. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    True, what Steve Jobs said, they don't know how to ship a computer for less than a $1000 that isn't a piece of junk... WELL, the do know how to ship a $1799 to $3099 computer that is a complete piece of junk... it's called the MacBook Air (original version). The revised MBA is a worthy machine. I have owned them both. So, since I did pay $1799 for the original, I feel I have the right to call it a piece of junk. The new one I have, MBA rev B with SSD is an amazing computer... a little off topic.

    Anyways, I do not see them making a MacBook Light or any sort of "computer." I definitely think Apple would release an iPhone OS based type of operating system tablet that is maybe 4" by 6" or something like a 8" widescreen that looks like iPhone only bigger. That would be innovative and not be a "netbook" or a designated "MacBook."

    I would say they could be making just the thing. There have been talks with AT&T about offering 3G service with an Apple offering and I think this would be just the item that Apple could serve up. At the same time, this has been talked about for years, and I cannot believe it hasn't been done by any computer company yet. Surely the numbers would support it?

    Anyways, I think that is your best chance at an Apple offered sort of computer/netbook used in the way most use their netbooks. I surf on my iPhone while I am waiting for an appointment or waiting while the kids are in swimming lessons and etc. I always think, this would be great if it were just double the size.

    That could come this year... but maybe not. I would definitely recommend you just buy a netbook by some other company if that is what you want. Apple is missing the mark here by my estimation. Maybe it will come up with a $1000 netbook since that is Apple's magic number.
     
  7. begoo macrumors newbie

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    I've read this story so many times, I don't think apple will realease netbook period.
     
  8. EB66 macrumors 6502

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    i think the iphone will be the closest thing they will ever have to a netbook....even be it nothing like a netbook
     
  9. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    If Sony can sell a netbook for $899, then I'm certain Apple can come up with a netbook in that same price range...:cool:
     
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  11. Davy.Shalom macrumors 6502

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    Have to agree there friend. I'd say...
    a good ole' 200 mhz PII
    20 GB IDE HDD
    Some unknown Graphics card
    slot loading combo drive
    mac os stipped down to run on a PII
    black plastic
    ethernet
    2 USB 2 ports
    1 vga


    sold for $400

    Steve Jobs:
    "This is our most affordable mac ever. We think it will turn heads."
     
  12. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Isn't there some netbooks that run Mac OS X already? I've seen several running Linux...
     
  13. EB66 macrumors 6502

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    i have seen several on youtube that run os x pretty flawlessly albeit a hacked version of os x which is not legal
     
  14. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    +1 ^^^ I found a website with this thing called GOOGLE :p

    I know it can be done Apple!
     

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  15. tubbymac macrumors 65816

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    That switch from XP to OSX made that netbook look 10x better.
     
  16. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    I just bought a Sony Vaio for the War Department and I can totally see Leopard on that thing (just don't know if I can hackintosh it on my own:eek:). Apple has to be seeing some of these netbooks running their OS...:eek:
     
  17. bossxii macrumors 68000

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    I am waiting to see the new Sony Vaio P with OSX running smoothly. That would be temping purchase to me. The "P" is about as close in quality, build and design as I think one built by Apple would be. Granted it's a 900 netbook but put OSX on it it's becomes usable, and hell were all used to overpaying for design/cool factor anyhow lol.
     
  18. tubbymac macrumors 65816

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    I checked out the Sony P since they have them in the Sony stores here. The 1600 resolution is just ridiculously small. I think most people would have a hard time working on a screen that small with a resolution that large.
     
  19. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    I got to play with the Sony P for only a couple of hours before it went to the airport on its first trip outside California, (with the War Department). When it comes back to the SF Bay Area I'm gonna' hackintosh it myself or pay one of those BestBuy Dorks to make it Leopard ready. "Apple read my lips!"
     
  20. still in school macrumors 6502

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    How did this turn into a MBA A vs. MBA B deal? It's like no matter where you post, you're always down talking to MBA A. Get over yourself already. You need to take off the "I have a MBA B so I am better than you" cap.
     
  21. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    Talking about what Steve Jobs said about Apple building a netbook and how he said that Apple cannot make a subpar computer for less than $1000 that isn't a piece of junk... do you really not get that? Plus, the closest thing Apple has to a netbook... an original MBA is one beautiful computer and form factor (unlike a netbook) with the capabilities more like a netbook. Yes, I do love my MBA. I would never consider the new MBA like a netbook, but I would my original.

    Nothing to do with being better than anyone... just the facts so more people don't get suckered into the hype of being an MBA owner if it cannot be the one that is like a real MAC. I don't think I am better than anyone, but I bet you do... People that get angry over stupid things always seem to have that mentality that they know more, are smarter, and can better interpret life's realities. So, you must be really smart and definitely better than me. Here's to YOU! May you win the lottery, buy an MBA, cheer up, and have a nice life!
     
  22. CBX macrumors regular

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    What about a $501 computer? :D

    I dont see why they cant do an $800/900 one..
     
  23. iMacmatician macrumors 601

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    This is probably what they will end up doing, and is also fairly consistent with the majority of rumors regarding a device in-between the iPod touch and the MacBook. The price seems fairly reasonable too, guess it'll vary depending on features and other things.

    I hope it comes out this fall…if not then there's always next year. :D
     
  24. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    i.e., a piece of junk. How many products does Apple ship that are only designed for one function?
     
  25. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Tallest Skil, you just described the MacBook Air...:(
     

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