Though rumors of an Apple netbook have been running rampid for about 2 years now, it seems that some validity has come to light regarding the possibility of a release. According to a couple Chinese manufacturers that work closely with Apple on the iPhone, there has been a call-to-order for netbook parts and assembly – all of which are pointing towards an October 2009 release of a netbook. What makes it interesting is that there are apparently orders for 9.2″ touch screens! Is this a MacBook Mini or an iPhone Max?
To further this claim today, there are a lot of sites (Engadget, Macrumors) reporting that credible sources are putting the price range at $800, claiming that Apple will be avoiding the low-end consumer products that would put them in the same market as Acer and Asus.
Personally, I think this formula will work well if it comes to fruition. Apple doesn’t make cheaply made products. They pride themselves in design and usability, and creating a crappy computer for the sake of competing against an already full market doesn’t make sense. Further, putting a netbook at around $800 seems fair to me. I would pay $800 to have a fully functional touchscreen tablet with all the same features as my MacBook Pro, but with more versatility. $800 seems not too much, but not too little. Not too much in that it’s an affordable price for someone in the market for a computer, and not too little for those Apple elitists who actually don’t mind paying a couple hundred extra dollars to have the Apple logo, and bragging rights. Would you buy it?
*Picture above is a predicted mock-up of what the Apple netbook may look like.