There has been much debate recently over when Apple will release a low cost netbook for their user base. One of my contacts in the company over the weekend denied that they will in fact release one at all.
The reason is that Apple have said that they are not happy at all with the performance of the Atom processor and are not willing to release a low cost machine to compete with other PC based netbooks on the market.
The latest and cheapest release from Apple has been the new Macbook 13.3 inch which weighs 4.7 pounds. The screen has a resolution of 1280×800 and now uses an LED backlit – with the processing power handled by a 2.26ghz Intel core 2 duo processor. With a 250GB HD, optical and wireless the asking price of $999 (or Â£799 in UK) it is a fairly well priced ‘entry level’ machine for the Cupertino giant. We all know Apple will never release a $299 laptop, thats just not their style.
While the news of this ‘non release’ will come as a blow to many users who wanted an Apple netbook for a long time there is a good indication that an Apple tablet will indeed be released sometime in 2010. Estimating the price right now is as much guess work as anything else but we would assume it will be markedly lower than the Macbook we mentioned earlier.
Allan Campbell: Heaven Media