Will Apple release a NETBOOK anytime soon you reckon?

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  1. JW8725 macrumors 6502a

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    Well I found this on engadget:

    http://uneasysilence.com/archive/2008/10/13519/

    I don't really want to go Dell but people are rating this highly. And for £300 its a good price too.

    Now I was about to indulge in what is said in the above link (not sure as to the legality though) but again, I really dont want a Dell. Wouldn't it be great if Apple could being out a netbook for around the £400ish mark?
     
  2. Melrose macrumors 604

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    I don't think Apple needs to introduce a low-end laptop - that's just not what the company is about. When you think cheesy, plastic, generic computers Dell is one of the first brands that come to mind.

    Even if I were on a budget, I wouldn't consider it. Dell components are crap on their low-end stuff.
     
  3. JW8725 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Dell components are crap on all the range mate. Just rather temped in the mini9 at the moment though. If I buy it imma slap on an apple sticker over the Dell logo dont you worry.
     
  4. Melrose macrumors 604

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    Never fear I'm not worried.

    The reason I qualified that statement with 'low-end components' is because I have not experience with their pricy, pricy pricy (and mighty stupid-looking) laptops. I'd rather be neutral than make erroneous statements I can't back up.
     
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    I would look at Lenovo's netbooks. Lenovo usually has a better quality about them.

    I don't think Apple will release a netbook because, like Melrose said, it's not them. The MB Air is the closest we'll get. It's basically a 'luxury' netbook. It's crazy how netbooks are coming up to $700 now and when they were released it was more $300-$400. Economy?
     
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    You imply that a netbook has to be cheesy and "low end". They could make a quality netbook and sell it as a premium product. Of course, the problem is that people may not want to pay the higher price, but then you could say that about many Apple products.

    I'd do what Asus did and release something like the new EeePC S101. Make design a big factor as well. If Apple made a netbook with a 64 GB SSD, 1280 x 768 resolution (like the HP mini-note), gave it 2 GB of RAM, 2 USB slots, and mini or micro DVI, they would probably charge $899 for it and get away with doing so. The screen resolution alone would make it distinctive.
     
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    I always thought the MBA was a kind of high-end Netbook.

    I'd love an EEE myself. Infact I can't really decide between a MB or an EEE for my next machine (don't need all the power of the MB, but it runs OSX...)
     
  8. JW8725 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I WANT I WANT
     
  9. Melrose macrumors 604

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    I stand guilty as charged. In the world of electronics, I guess I assume that low price equals lesser quality. Whether this is true in all cases, I'm sure not - but in the majority of them you must agree that if you want quality you pay for it (we are talking first-hand retail, not eBay pricing)
     
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    I don't think it's fair to call the MBA a high-end Netbook for one specific reason. One of the most common aspects of all Netbooks is that they are small and light. The MBA is small, at least in the sense that it's so thin that it's very easy to fit in with your things, but it's hard to call it a "luxury" netbook when it outweighs almost every other netbook, sometimes by a factor of more than 50%.

    The other core aspect of a Netbook is that it is designed for lighter computing -- while they all run full desktop/laptop operating systems, the emphasis is usually on rapid-start access to the web, e-mail, etc. There, I can see that the MBA has many aspects of a netbook, aside obviously from the idea that these devices were purposely made with just enough power to accomplish these tasks to keep costs down, which obviously doesn't apply to the MBA.

    OP: There is a more detailed rumor of fairly good credibility that Apple does intend to release another sub-notebook.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=538125&highlight=apple+netbook

    I didn't merge threads because it really isn't clear that this device will be built on the idea of a netbook any more than the MBA is.

    EDIT: There is also this very odd rumor...

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=573998

    But it's really not clear what it's about or whether it will even turn out to be real or just a hoax. Supposedly Apple is developing a new device of some sort under the codename Brick that is different from a new laptop in some sense, but also related. Meh.
     
  11. belvdr macrumors 601

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    I don't agree with this at all.

    I've had Dells since 1995, getting a new one on average of 3-4 years, for a total of about 9 machines. I've never had any failures out of any of them. One of my original machines from about 2000 is still running fine. We have many many Dell laptops at our company (approximately 40k - 50k machines are Dell) and their failure isn't all that high either.
     
  12. JW8725 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Mate I'm seriously tempted with the mini 9. I'm itching to buy it but I'm holding back to see what is released on the 14th.
     
  13. belvdr macrumors 601

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    Yeah, I like the Mini too. Think I might get one for work to play with. :)
     
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    If you get a low end netbook, it may be aimed as the education market -- and cross-hyped over here in mass market.

    Since Apple likes sharing R&D with lots of products, you have to see where it would fit in with everything else -- and what other products it would be in common with.
     

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