Apple’s Steve Jobs: Our iPhone is as Powerful as Netbooks

During the recent Apple Conference Call, Apple’s Steve Jobs accomodate the clamor of the press people for a sit-down interview. And one of the questions raised was whether the company is planning on coming up with an Apple netbook anytime soon.

Fortunately or unfortunately (no matter which side you’re on), Steve Jobs said that releasing an Apple netbook is not in his company’s plan. According to Steve Jobs:

“We don’t know how to make a $500 computer that’s not a piece of junk, and our DNA will not let us ship that,” Jobs said.

However, Jobs referred to the iPhone as their product which could possible match with most netbooks in the market today. If netbooks fulfill the purpose of browsing the Internet, mobile email, connectivity to cellular network, then there’s no need for Apple to release their own netbook.

Jobs did mention though, that they are still observing the netbook market and awaiting how this so called, “nascent” netbook market would evolve, before Apple do some game-changing moves.

So, what do you think? Will Apple manage to trim down the cost of their MacBooks to come up with an Apple netbook which will carry the same functionality and sophisticated quality of their MacBook machines?

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Written by: Björn A.

  • Spelling Nazi

    Will Apple manage to trim down the cost of their MacBooks to come up with an Apple netbook which will carry the same functionality and sophisticated quality of —THEIR— MacBook machines?

  • Thunderdome

    I think Jobs said it best. Apple doesn’t know how to make a $500 computer that isn’t junk. They would never be able to compete in price. The closest thing Apple will get to a netbook in the next 2 years is about a 12″ macbook that’ll cost about a grand. Netbooks are attractive because of price and size. Apple is good at the size part, but they’re arguably the worst in the biz when it comes to making their products affordable. Netbooks are secondary PCs. Who can afford to buy an Apple product as a backup?

  • Kate

    I’m sorry, but that’s ridiculous. I regularly use my eeepc to type papers and read PDFs while riding the train between work/school/home. If by “as powerful,” he means it can access the Internet, then maybe. But if I had to try to use a buttonless interface or a 3 inch screen to do ANY of the real intensive things I use my eeepc for, I’d either go blind or insane in half a month.

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    Nice blog adding this to my twitter now

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    I usually do not comment on blog posts but I found this quite interesting, so here goes. Thanks! Regards, P.

  • Floyd

    While my daughter likes her iPhone (mostly because of the iToys she has installed), I don’t think I could get serious work done on it. No tactile keyboard for starters.
    I use a Toshiba laptop with a fairly “normal” keyboard, and I can live with that. I’ve never seen an eeePC, so I can’t make a judgment on its usefulness.

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    You are a very informed person!

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