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View Poll Results: Should Apple make a netbook?

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  • No, the iPhone is a netbook replacement

    15 7.89%
  • No, the MacBook Air is compact enough

    22 11.58%
  • No, netbooks are a passing fad

    22 11.58%
  • Yes, they should make a MacBook touch (tablet)

    50 26.32%
  • Yes, they should make a smaller MacBook Air

    81 42.63%
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    Default Poll: Should Apple make a netbook?

    With all the speculation over Apple making a netbook or "MacBook touch", and Steve Jobs saying the iPhone already is a netbook, I thought I'd gauge MacTalk readers' views.

    What do you think? Is this a market Apple should be addressing? Or does it already have all the bases covered?

    I voted for the smaller MacBook Air - I'd like to see something with the surface area of the 12" PowerBook again.

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    The MacBook Air is as light as most netbooks but has a dual core processor, a decent sized screen and keyboard.

    Netbooks (and yes I have one although I don't use it much) have too many compromises in usability IMHO.
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    How bout yes, but not a tablet and nothing resembling the MacBook Air (ie overpriced, underpowered hairdresser's laptop)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff3DMN View Post
    Netbooks (and yes I have one although I don't use it much) have too many compromises in usability IMHO.
    True, the main complaint I've heard about netbooks is that the keyboards are too small. If they make a smaller MacBook Air they should make it wide enough to accommodate a full-size keyboard, like the 12" PowerBook.

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    The MacBook Air size is OK at the moment, it is just the price that is stopping the notebook from really taking off.

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    I always thought that the Macbook Air was Apple's attempt at creating "Macbook Mini/Netbook".

    No, the MacBook Air is compact enough

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmyeoh View Post
    How bout yes, but not a tablet and nothing resembling the MacBook Air (ie overpriced, underpowered hairdresser's laptop)?
    Netbooks by definition are underpowered. And if Apple makes one you can be sure it will be perceived to be overpriced!

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    I probably wont buy one, but new Apple gear makes me wet, so go forth Apple!
    Plus I can cash in on the affiliate link when you all buy em

    A $1,799 MacBook Air would be total pwnage however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Appleseed View Post
    Netbooks by definition are underpowered. And if Apple makes one you can be sure it will be perceived to be overpriced!
    But the existing netbooks aren't considered to be overpriced. In fact, that's their most attractive quality. I think Apple could make an awesome netbook, and if the price was reasonable, I would consider getting one. But IMHO the Air was a missed opportunity for them, because no one is paying a couple of grand to get something that runs like a piece of poo. People are, however, willing to pay a few hundred bucks for something that runs like a piece of poo. If they could get that right, they would make a killing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmyeoh View Post
    But the existing netbooks aren't considered to be overpriced. In fact, that's their most attractive quality. I think Apple could make an awesome netbook, and if the price was reasonable, I would consider getting one. But IMHO the Air was a missed opportunity for them, because no one is paying a couple of grand to get something that runs like a piece of poo. People are, however, willing to pay a few hundred bucks for something that runs like a piece of poo. If they could get that right, they would make a killing.
    I beg to differ - the MacBook Air is selling like crazy according to the resellers I talk to. So it's hardly a failure if Apple is raking in the cash. Sure, you may not want one (and neither do I, well kinda. I want one, but I don't need one), but in terms of it being a success in the marketplace, the MacBook Air is one.

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    The MacBook Air would actually suffice as my primary computer. Guess I'm not a power user.

    I will be waiting, however, till it gets smaller and/or gets a bigger and cheaper Flash drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by decryption View Post
    I beg to differ - the MacBook Air is selling like crazy according to the resellers I talk to. So it's hardly a failure if Apple is raking in the cash. Sure, you may not want one (and neither do I, well kinda. I want one, but I don't need one), but in terms of it being a success in the marketplace, the MacBook Air is one.
    Maybe your right, and they're probably selling well because they are fucking sexy machines. But I don't see the point in spending a couple of grand on one, when I can get a Macbook Pro for about the same price. Then again, I know I'm preaching to the converted here.

    Hate to be the devil's advocate, but what if they had marketed it as something else, as the portable, budget option, maybe they would have sold even more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmyeoh View Post
    Maybe your right, and they're probably selling well because they are fucking sexy machines. But I don't see the point in spending a couple of grand on one, when I can get a Macbook Pro for about the same price. Then again, I know I'm preaching to the converted here.
    Totally agree - it's why I sold my MacBook Air to buy a MacBook Pro. But you know, a lot of people aren't like you and I. A shock I know, but it's reality

    Quote Originally Posted by wmyeoh View Post
    Hate to be the devil's advocate, but what if they had marketed it as something else, as the portable, budget option, maybe they would have sold even more?
    They could sell more, but there'd be less profit perhaps? Let us not forget, Apple is in the business to make money.

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    There is a difference between a netbook and an ultraportable.

    Apple only has ultraportables. No netbooks as yet, the iphone doesn't even qualify, really, only the ipod touch does.

    Also, I quite like the air. I don't really play games these days, so I have no desire for power, and I'm quite content on my current blackbook... but having used xenex's air, I am in awe of how light it is. Its actually a tad gruntier than my macbook
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    Quote Originally Posted by decryption View Post
    Totally agree - it's why I sold my MacBook Air to buy a MacBook Pro. But you know, a lot of people aren't like you and I. A shock I know, but it's reality
    And in that one sentence, you have summed up everything that is wrong in the world today

    Quote Originally Posted by decryption View Post
    They could sell more, but there'd be less profit perhaps? Let us not forget, Apple is in the business to make money.
    Apple's business model has never revolved around low profit, high volume, although one could argue that that is changing. The iPhone isn't as expensive as some of the other alternatives, neither are the new earphones etc etc.

    It will be interesting to see how (and if) this changes given the current economic situation. Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmyeoh View Post
    But I don't see the point in spending a couple of grand on one, when I can get a Macbook Pro for about the same price.
    1.13 Kilos and a much smaller physical size are worth it.
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    Yes, but I think they should take their time to make a good product, so maybe MacWorld '10.

    I don't want them to make a tablet. Who the hell would even use one beyond "Hey look at this cool thing I got!".

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    The MacBook Air still has a MacBook footprint (or thereabouts). To me that isn't in the ultraportable class.

    Shrink it down in size so it has a screen around 10", then i'll consider it.

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    Being that I can se a Netbook-sized place in my life at the moment, and that I love Apple industrial design, I would love a MacBook Nano.

    Of course, it'd need to be as cheap as the Dell Mini 9 or the MSI Wind, but I'd be all over one like a rash (if I could find the cash)
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmyeoh View Post
    paying a couple of grand to get something that runs like a piece of poo.
    I own a Macbook Air and mine doesn't run like a piece of poo.

    Maybe it is because I realise what my needs are as a computer user, and I match the power of my hardware purchases to those needs. Anything I need to do on my Air, is easily done.

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