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Maybe There Is No Need for an Apple Netbook



mini9_hackintosh_8 Why should Apple make a Netbook? There doesn’t really seem to be a need. Apparently going the Hackintosh route is providing the same thing, just without any money flowing Cupertino’s way. And then again, Mr.. Jobs has said that they can’t make one for the price point that would cut his vision of mustard.

It seems like the Hackintosh methods (in violation of EULA’s) is filling the void that Apple wants to leave open. Just today we’ve seen posts about a Dell Mini 9 running OSX successfully on Gizmodo , accompanied by a how to. We’ve also seen a post about doing the same thing with HP Mini 1000 from the Gadgeteer (link via jkOnTheRun). 

But then again, if Apple decides to play in the Netbook space, they may be too late unless the lawyers beat the hardware makers to the punch. Why purchase an Apple made Netbook, when you can do it yourself for probably less of a price? Jobs’ words may prove to be more prophetic than he realized.



  1. GoodThings2Life

    02/21/2009 at 7:59 pm

    Apple already has a netbook… it’s called the Air, lol. Oh, you mean something low-cost AND useful, but then that would defeat the purpose of buying an Apple computer. Ah, does my Apple sarcasm end?

    Seriously though… Apple has two opportunities with all of this to truly stick it to Microsoft and “the man”… they can either launch their own low-cost netbook (unlikely while Steve is in command since he has publicly stated he hates the idea), or open Mac OSX up to non-Apple hardware (even more unlikely, since they can’t control the experience).

  2. Pierre

    02/22/2009 at 3:02 am

    Give me a 10-11″ MacBook without a CD-drive and I’ll be pleased.

  3. HG

    02/23/2009 at 12:06 am

    Until Apple comes out with a small Netbook I will keep using my MSI Wind running OS X. I’m sure Apple thinks it will cut into the other laptop sales, but most people will use a netbook as a second computer and shouldn’t hurt there higher end sales. I think it can help them because someone might not want to spend a lot for a Apple, and will more likely get the Mini Mac. That’s if they can make the design well, and keep it at 799.99 they will sell. I know this would challenging for Apple because they will want it to be a good design. So for now its MSI MacWind, and I have Win 7.

  4. mactablet

    02/23/2009 at 5:10 am

    Sorry for the self promotion but while we’re on the subject, I also instaled it on my LG P100UMPC tablet.

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