Apple Says Netbooks Cramped, Terrible, Junky, Not Mac-Worthy -- Buy an iPhone Instead!
Also covered on today's Apple Q2 2009 financial results call were Chief Operating Officer, Tim Cook's description of netbooks, as currently on the market, having:
cramped keyboards, terrible software, junky hardware, very small screens, and just not a consumer experience… that we would put the Mac brand on, quite frankly.
So where does that put all the rumors about an Apple netbook being all but imminent? Either once again shoved on the back burner like the iPhone nano, or -- really imminent. (Apple has a history of trash talking product spaces and denying interest right up until they launch their own offering, like video on iPods, or, you know, smartphones).
Does this mean we'll more likely see an Apple tablet? Mac OS X or iPhone OS X based? Opinions vary but Cook gave nothing away. Instead, to costumers who might want mobile web and email, he offered this advice:
They might want to look at an iPhone or iPod touch instead.
Okay, so I'll admit that I leave my laptop at home now and just use an iPhone far more often than I ever would have guessed I would, but as a full on mobile replacement? Is it really there yet?
And what do you see, if anything, as Apple's now near-mythical entry into the pseudo-netbook space? One of the above, or something else entirely?