In news that’s likely to disappoint those who’ve been harping on about an affordable Apple notebook, the company has said that they will not be releasing a netbook and while they’ll be watching the market, they won’t be going near it for the time being.
While Steve said the company had no such plans for a netbook back in autumn, the rumors raged on, right through winter. Prior to the refresh, many speculated that the company was about to release a low-cost notebook and despite the fact that no Apple netbook was announced, fans still hoped.
“We don’t know how to build a sub-$500 computer that is not a piece of junk,” Jobs said during an Apple earning call in 2008.
COO Tim Cook this week repeated the company’s stance on netbooks, as well as the possibility of a low-cost iPhone or iPhone Nano. Something that the blogosphere has been talking about since just before the holidays.
We expressed doubts about the idea of an iPhone Nano claiming that it would be too small and wouldn’t sell. According to PCWorld, Tim Cook stressed during the company’s earnings call that Apple won't produce low-end phones and that it doesn't want to be the market leader when it comes to the number of unit sold. Apple wants to make the best phone possible, period.
So that’s the end of the iPhone Nano and an Apple netbook. We have to say we’re a little relieved. We’re getting netbook fatigue at this stage.