Apple netbook jibe points to tablet

April 23rd, 2009

Apple CEO stand in Tim Cook dismissed netbook rumours last night, labelling the laptop lites “cramped” and “junky”. But does that mean he’s planning something spacious, like say, an Apple tablet or iPod touch pro?

Apple held its conference call for its Q1 accounts yesterday, and while it posted another astounding profit ($1.21bn or £830m, with iPhone sales jumping 123% year on year), investors only wanted to know one thing: whether an Apple netbook was in the works.

Tim Cook had some strong words for the netbook market: “When I’m looking at what’s sold in the netbook market, I see cramped keyboards, junky hardware, very small screens, bad software. Not a consumer experience that we would put the Mac brand on.”

Before you dash your hopes of any Apple netbook or UMPC, he then let slip “We are looking at the space…If we find a way to deliver an innovative product that really makes a contribution, we’ll do that.”

Is that innovative product the Apple tablet that sources have been whispering about? An Apple tablet with multitouch done properly could certainly allow for more space than a cramped netbook with a big bezel and tiny keyboard.

Of course, it’s not an outright denial of an Apple netbook, but if a tablet is on the cards in its place, as well as a MacBook update, WWDC in June is going to be absurdly busy.

Out TBC | £TBC | Apple (Via MacRumors)

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  • Gord Tulk

    Just make the macbook air convertible (ie change the hinge so the screen rotates and then lies down on the keyboard) and mission accomplished and i can ditch this HP tablet.

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