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  • Is Apple Testing a Netbook Perhaps?


    A nameless search engine company revealed to the New York Times that they spotted Web visits from an unannounced Apple product with a display somewhere between an iPhone and a MacBook. Could it possibly some sort of tablet or netbook?

    During a conference call on Tuesday Steve Jobs did comment on the possibility of some sort of Apple network in the future. First Jobs said that the mini-notebooks represent a "nascent market" and Apple would wait and see what that market did before entering it.

    Later during the question and answer section of the call Jobs commented further about netbooks saying that the iPhone already handles that market segment well. He then went further to say that Apple "had some pretty interesting" ideas for that market segment but didn't comment further.

    Could this mysterious product surfing the internet be some prototype for a netbook? Only Apple knows but there is definitely something there in the secret recesses of Apple.

    [via The New York Times]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Is Apple Testing a Netbook Perhaps? started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 20 Comments
    1. viperstarpoint9's Avatar
      viperstarpoint9 -
      Yay First comment!!!

      Thats reaaly cool and something i would invest in. Hope it gets announced soon.
    1. bluaeon's Avatar
      bluaeon -
      ohhh... a macbook tablet... cant wait what else apple will reveal next year.

      edit: u know, i wish people would stop this first comment crap. its getting to be annoying.
    1. steveleepete's Avatar
      steveleepete -
      Quote Originally Posted by bluaeon View Post
      u know, i wish people would stop this first comment crap. its getting to be annoying.
      third comment
      been hyped on the tablet idea for months now...this would be ultimate awesomeness
    1. dennder's Avatar
      dennder -
      Can be Asus EEE with leopard from OSX86 project. ;-)

      Though i'd love too see apple 9 to 10 inch tabled.
    1. mgebara's Avatar
      mgebara -
      I think a tablet is something apple is way behind in for it's new-best demographic: college students. I find it awkward bringing my macbook pro to class with me since most of my lectures are in powerpoint format and I usually need to add diagrams to my notes. So I usually just print out my notes on paper and look on in envy at people with wintel tablets who can draw right on their screen. In my opinion tablet is superior to a notebook computer in both taking notes and reading them since it literally resembles a book!
    1. morphiusrt's Avatar
      morphiusrt -
      can you imagine trying to type fast with no buttons? that would suck, but a cool idea definitely, i doubt apple would just make it a "tablet" i'm sure it will have someo sort of crazy innovation on it.
    1. huntor's Avatar
      huntor -
      Quote Originally Posted by morphiusrt View Post
      can you imagine trying to type fast with no buttons? that would suck, but a cool idea definitely.
      most of us own iphones.. so yes. we can imagine.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      While I would love to see an Apple tablet, I hope this one isn't it. Well, at least not if you only have an onscreen touch type keyboard. The utility I find in tablets (and I am required t use one for notes in school) is the ability to draw, write etc. with a pen-type stylus. This thing looks like an oversized iPhone. I know that means little to nothing at this point in the game if this is even real since it will (hopefully) have some sort of pen input ability.
    1. Eurisko's Avatar
      Eurisko -
      Since this is a photoshoped image, I'd say fake.
    1. WillyDavidK's Avatar
      WillyDavidK -
      Quote Originally Posted by bluaeon View Post
      u know, i wish people would stop this first comment crap. its getting to be annoying.
      Welcome to the internet....

      Quote Originally Posted by dennder View Post
      Can be Asus EEE with leopard from OSX86 project. ;-)

      Though i'd love too see apple 9 to 10 inch tablet.
      I agree, it could easily be a hackintosh or a tablet pc or small laptop (such as the Eee) running osX86.

      Quote Originally Posted by Eurisko View Post
      Since this is a photoshoped image, I'd say fake.
      Well nobody is suggesting that the photo is real - its a concept drawing of someone's own vision for the Apple tablet of the future. It's also been posted here before, back when the 'brick' controversy started (before anyone knew about the unibody stuff)
    1. Eurisko's Avatar
      Eurisko -
      Well, actually, the news article is suggesting the photo is real.
    1. Carlos's Avatar
      Carlos -
      I would love for something like this to come out, i know the technology is there bc if they can shuv 16gb -32gb in a 5inch device they can do a whole lot with a 10" -15" wide, and i could see apple coming out with it to give the new HP Touch a run for its money (which i played with at BestBuy the other day and its not to bad)

      Got my fingers crossed//


      *~King Los Kustoms~*
    1. reallynotnick's Avatar
      reallynotnick -
      Quote Originally Posted by mgebara View Post
      I think a tablet is something apple is way behind in for it's new-best demographic: college students. I find it awkward bringing my macbook pro to class with me since most of my lectures are in powerpoint format and I usually need to add diagrams to my notes. So I usually just print out my notes on paper and look on in envy at people with wintel tablets who can draw right on their screen. In my opinion tablet is superior to a notebook computer in both taking notes and reading them since it literally resembles a book!
      That's a good point, going to college next year that is a feature I really want now! Thanks for ruining my day.

      Quote Originally Posted by Eurisko View Post
      Well, actually, the news article is suggesting the photo is real.
      Really? I am too lazy to read the real artical but to me it seems as they are suggesting that a product like the mockup pictured exists, something inbetween the iPhone and MB. IDK how a search engine company could tell you that some mockup exists, they could tell you that some device running a variant of OS X with a screen resolution between the iPhone and MB is surfing their site though.
    1. Iman07's Avatar
      Iman07 -
      thats pretty cool! i want that keyboard skin for the iphone. can someone make it happen? perhaps it already happened....?
    1. MattMac's Avatar
      MattMac -
      Quote Originally Posted by viperstarpoint9 View Post
      Yay First comment!!!

      Thats reaaly cool and something i would invest in. Hope it gets announced soon.
      How gay, and only 11 posts!

      I love my MacBook but this looks pretty damn fine!
      I wouldn't mind one but time will see if I can afford it...
    1. huntor's Avatar
      huntor -
      im sure the actual finished product will look 20 times better then that pic.
      but im gunna start saving up now.. apple needs to upgrade their mac pros and release these gadgets at the same time. i'd probably drop over $4000 that day.

      i just wonder how much these things will cost. they can probably make 'em for less then $500 or so.. i also wonder if apple will create a network so that they dont have to go to at&t for an on-the-go-connection.. i hope to god they do. it's gotta be better then at&t's and the iphone could one day benefit from it. apple could easily monopolize the wireless network market.
    1. WillyDavidK's Avatar
      WillyDavidK -
      The larger device would most likely rely on Wi-Fi, the same way that the iPod Touch does.

      And again, the article doesn't even have that picture - or any pictures. The picture was just added to the MMi news post for emphasis. It's a concept drawing.
    1. unlockme's Avatar
      unlockme -
      first of all, uber cool. and ya i bet apple has one in the works and is trying to throw us off its scent by saying the iphone already handles that market segment. imagine the market share they would have after releasing this. students would eat it up, you'd see one in every classroom. even tech-savvy profs would have it.

      secondly, can i get one with windows?!?

      (no seriously, can i? )
    1. mrsidewayzz's Avatar
      mrsidewayzz -
      thats pretty cool. i wouldnt be happy with another device w/o buttons though lol. if it had a hidden keyboard sliding type of feature for those who needed to type fast, that would be cool. nice design though.
    1. WillyDavidK's Avatar
      WillyDavidK -
      Quote Originally Posted by unlockme View Post
      first of all, uber cool. and ya i bet apple has one in the works and is trying to throw us off its scent by saying the iphone already handles that market segment. imagine the market share they would have after releasing this. students would eat it up, you'd see one in every classroom. even tech-savvy profs would have it.

      secondly, can i get one with windows?!?

      (no seriously, can i? )
      Well, you can't get one with windows already loaded, but assuming they are sticking to x86 architecture (Intel Atom anyone?) you can install your own copy of windows on to it. But of course this is assuming the thing actually exists, or will exist...