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Apple Netbook? Not With Mac OS X

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

Will Apple go into the "netbook" business? Bascially, a cheap laptop that can be sold cheaply because of smaller screen and less "power". I think a big clue is out there for all to see: the MacBook Air. Apple didn't compromise on the screen, not because it didn't want to, but because it can't. The operating system — along with many of the desktop applications — simply cannot work with a small screen. And given that the screen is one of the more expensive component of a laptop, I don't see Apple getting into this market with a small laptop anytime soon.

And that's why I was a little surprised to find Apple not expanding on the iPhone/iPod Touch product line to take on the netbook market. And that's why I see Apple's refusal to open up the CocoaTouch platform so damaging.

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Wrong Reasons For Why No Netbook From Apple, by Magnus Nystedt, Shuffle Gazine. A better argument for why Apple would not do a netbook is that Apple is doing well enough with the MacBook and MacBook Air.

By Heng-Cheong Leong