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Join Date: Feb 2009
Re: Apple Netbook? - 03-11-2009, 02:18 AM
I don't have any insight on what Apple will do, but I really think they should fix the hole in their lineup left after the 12" powerbook was discontinued. That was a pretty sweet, pretty small system. I still use my 15" 1.67 ghz powerbook for work and it's fine for network and office tasks. But it is sort of a hard sell to tell someone who wants a small apple to go pay $700 for a used 12" PB.
I also have an iTouch, and while cool, it just doesn't have the ease of input you get with a real keyboard. Touch keyboards simply lack any tactile feedback -- fine for hunt and pecking out a couple words, but a disaster if you are writing more than three sentences. Not as bad as the Apple Wheel though. ;-)
I could see a netbook with a touchscreeen, keyboard, and no mousepad. Look at your mini9 -- subtract the mousepad and it could be 2" narrower, except there would be absolutely no palmrest and using a touch screen is hard because fatigue issues come up -- something that's been known since the 60s: http://www.archive.org/details/AlanKeyD1987.
BTW, this video blew me away when I first saw it. Yes, much of the polish is missing, but the underlying UI for computers is basically five decades old -- sure, we've had five decades of refinement, miniaturization, and mass marketing, but no real new ideas with respect to UI in ages. Even live interactive videochat w/ interactive whiteboard was done by 1968: See the above video at 15:30.
Join Date: Jan 2009
Re: Apple Netbook? - 03-11-2009, 10:31 AM
Looks like this rumor is starting to gain some legs...
Apple Plans To Launch Netbook With Touch Screen-Sources (CNN)
Join Date: Nov 2008
Re: Apple Netbook? - 03-11-2009, 03:41 PM
I agree with pianoman. Two year contracts are coming due. If we see anything special, it may be the double sized iPhone that's been rumored for a while now. The bottom line is that it's hard to guess Apple's release schedule.
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